Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Celebrate

This holiday weekend we had more than one reason to celebrate.


So we celebrated them all.


We celebrated birthdays and the fabulous festivities they bring.


We celebrated themed-parties, colorful decorations and "monkeying-around."



We celebrated sweet treats, snack-time staples, and special appearances.


We celebrated cooking out...and hanging out.


We celebrated the simplicity of summer, and sandals, and laughter in the kitchen.


We celebrated the art of sidewalk chalk...


...the art of capturing a 2 year old's picture...


...and the uniquely profound art of "the bunny-face."


We celebrated silliness and messy faces covered with frosting.


We celebrated childhood....


And the inner child...


We celebrated family...


Lots and lots of family...


We celebrated bubbles, and buddies...

(though by the sour look on Jet's face I'd be surprised if sweet little David still wants to be buddies. lol.)

... and hiding your "baby bump" under brightly colored bouncy balls.

(silly girls didn't want their pictures made...despite the fact that they look adorable.)

We celebrated friendships that only seem to grow sweeter (and sillier) with time. :)


And we celebrated miracles...and all the sweetness they bring.


The powerful emotions one feels when looking at the sweetest of blessings - their future already a mix of hardship and happiness - a perfect reflection of what life is for all of us.


In this life we are faced with stresses and challenges. Each day can present us with new worries and anxieties. We will all experience times of frustration, fear, helplessness and heartbreak. It is part of life. It is certain. It is difficult. But it is during those times that we will pull from the reserves - these times of celebration. Times when we felt the support of our family and friends around us - and drew peace from it. Times when we witnessed the carefree play of little children - and felt joy in it. Times when we experienced the happiness a sunny, summer day can bring - and were renewed by it.
Times of rest. Times of contentment. Times of gratitude. Times of love.
Times when we stopped the everyday - and took time to celebrate.

Like this weekend.



When we celebrated life.


13 comments:

JourneyWithTheCrosiers said...

More than gorgeous. So glad you took the time to celebrate your precious Jet this weekend. What an amazing joy he brings to all those around him! Beautiful decorations too. Although my favorite...the "bunny face!" Love it and you all!

truly blessed said...

what a beautiful life, indeed. xo

truly blessed said...

or maybe i should've said, wonderful. :)
it's a wonderful life. :))

Stefanie Destine said...

Loved your post and pictures! You are so talented, and your family is beautiful!

KeicherMom said...

That looked like a fantastic birthday Party! So cute, and I love Jet's outfit. Happy 2nd Birthday Jet - what beautiful moments and memories you are having!

Colleen said...

I would like for you to adopt me so I can live in your cute house and you can buy me cute clothes like you wear and you can throw me awesome birthday parties and take pretty pictures of me and fix my hair pretty. :) Kay?

Stephanie said...

Isn't planning kids parties so much fun?! I'm in the midst of planning a Wonder Pets party for my guy and I think I am more excited about it than he is! :) Love the Curious George theme...might have to steal a few ideas from you! Looked like a wonderful day...fit for a wonderful boy!!!

Jamie said...

Perfect!

Stefanie said...

oh what a great party. I just love his outfit.:)
Happy Birthday Jet!

krousehouse said...

So precious! What a fabulous party, and so cute. Jet, as always, is adorable!

ainemc said...

That post sure made me smile. What a picture perfect day! You had everything down to a tee :)
Looks like the wee man had a cracking birthday!

Jill said...

Oh my gosh, I'm with Colleen!! That's the coolest 2 year old party I have ever seen!!

Oh, that bunny face! You know, Kingsley pulls it out every now and again and every time I think of Jet. too adorable.

Amanda said...

What a wonderful celebration!!!
Love the curious George theme! And the monkey shirt with Jet!!!
Can you come do my birthday parties?!
Looks like a fantastic day!!!

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