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Rose turns 5

Dearest Rose,

Two weeks ago you turned 5 year old.  Fiiiiiive!  The evening before your birthday you asked me if you were going to be “bigger” the next day.  You have thought for so long that when you were 5 years old that you would be so much bigger in size that when the day came, apparently you were going to magically shoot up a few inches.  Sorry hon.  Although you are now tall enough to go on most of the rides at Disneyland, it didn’t happen overnight.

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One of the things I love about you most is your adventurous spirit.  Your energy can be high sometimes but almost never “crazy pants” level.  You certainty got your love of sports and energy draining activities from your dad (I was much happier with low energy pursuits at your age) but luckily you have also inherited my love of books.  Your dedication and drive at the age of 5 to work on gymnastics is quite awe inspiring.  I’m not sure what sport you will end up focusing on as you get older but whatever it is, you are going to be great at it.

And that brain of yours.  When you choose to concentrate, sometimes under protest, it just amazes me.  You have read your way though the first few levels in the Bob books and can do basic addition and subtraction.  If you work past your shyness with the teachers in Kindergarten, you are going to blow them away.  Your brains along with your enthusiasm is going to get you far in the world.  I can’t wait to see where you go.

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And last of all.  Your heart.  Your heart is huge.  To see the love and caring you show to your sister (along with a healthy dose of antagonism, you are still 5) is so wonderful to see.  I think it’s huge that you love to help your sister as much as you love to tell on her.  😉  You don’t just love her, your LOVE her.  Us too (with an emphasis on Daddy my little Daddy’s girl).

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I can’t wait to see what this year brings.

You hold our hearts,

Mommy and Daddy


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Rose Turns 1, Birthday Party #2

Once her Daddy and Grandfather were back home, it was time to have Rose’s ‘Official’ b-day bash.  We were going to host it at our house but once the weather report showed mid 80’s (in August…Crazy!) we moved the party to a local park.  This ended up being a big hit with the kids (there were several who were ages 2-5) as there was a nice play area for swinging and good rocks for climbing.  Rose had a great time and loved being passed from person to person.  While she is fully capable of walking, I don’t think her feet touched the ground more than twice.  🙂

Hanging with her Auntie Karen.

 Steve working the grill.

 Sliding with one of her favorite people, Megan.  I love her sparkly red shoes.  🙂

 Opening presents.  She got loads of great things and loves to play with them all.
Her Aunt Karen’s boyfriend made Rose this rain stick.  Rose had been admiring a bigger one he had made Karen over Easter.  She is so happy she has one of her own now.
Zack enjoying the kid friendly snacks.  Rose requested graham crackers, cheddar bunnies, cheerios and cheese.  From the looks of it he had already enjoyed the chocolate dipped cupcakes.  🙂

Rose’s cake.  She didn’t eat that much but really enjoyed the smooshing.  Note the lack of cute outfit.  Naked works best with sticky cake is involved.

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Peach Cake with Banana Cream Cheese Frosting


For Rose’s 1st birthday cake I wanted something that was at least slightly healthy and low in sugar.  Peaches are in season right now and when I picked up a couple of pounds at the grocery store due to a HUGE sale, I figured it was a sign to make Rose something peachy.  With a few tweaks, this cake fit the bill.  I reduced the sugar and cut out half the oil and replaced it with apple sauce.  For the frosting I added banana to amp up the flavor and make it a little more healthy. You can substitute frozen peaches for the fresh but make sure to defrost them first so as not to mess up the cooking time.  The recipe gives a cook time for a 9×13 pan.  I used 2, 9 inch pans which took about 30 minutes to cook.

The smash cake turned out delicious!  The cinnamon in the cake blended wonderfully with the fresh peaches, bringing out their sweetness.  The banana added a depth of flavor to the frosting that a standard white frosting doesn’t have. Rose gave it two very messy thumbs up.  It was proof to how much she loved me that she was willing to share.


Peach Cake
adapted from Peach Cake II on

  • 3 egg, beaten
  • 1 1/4 cups white sugar
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup apple sauce
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 cups fresh peaches – peeled, pitted and sliced
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Grease and flour a 9×13 inch pan.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the eggs, sugar, oil, flour, salt, cinnamon, baking soda, peaches and pecans. Mix thoroughly by hand.
  3. Pour into prepared 9×13 inch pan and bake at 375 degrees F (190 degrees C) for 50 minutes or until done. If using 9″ cake pans cook for 30 minutes.

Banana Cream Cheese Frosting
adapted from

  • 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
  • 1 medium ripe banana
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups heavy cream
  1.  In a large bowl, beat cream cheese, banana, sugar, salt and vanilla until smooth. 
  2. In a small bowl, whip the heavy cream until stiff peaks form. 
  3. Fold into the cream cheese mixture.


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My little girl turns one year old. Party #1.

My little Rose is one year old.




Sniff.  Sniff.

Ok, technically she is 1 year and 1 week.  I have been putting off posting about her birthday.  I think because I’m in denial.  Denial that it was over a year ago that she showed her sweet face to the world.  Denial that over a year ago that she entrenched herself permanently into my heart.


Since both her daddy and her grandfather were off doing a boy scout thing, I decided to have Rose’s big birthday party a week late.  However, I had to have a little get together on her actual birthday complete with a smash cake.  I know she would have been so disappointing if I didn’t.  I never would have heard the end of it.  It was all for her.   Really.

For the smash cake, I found a peach cake recipe that I tweaked to be more baby friendly.  It was pretty yummy for the adults too.  I’ll post the recipe later.

We set up a photo op in front of the roses Steve gave me for our anniversary.  Rose promptly stuck her foot in the cake.  Then ate the frosting off her foot.  Then went back for more with her hand.  I think she liked it.

As shown here, she didn’t have any issues diving right in once she was in the official ‘cake eating chair’.

 Lots of Rose kisses were given (pre cake).

 Happy birthday little girl.  LOVE YOU!!!!


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Every girl needs a pony.

Even if it’s stuffed.  I found this rocking horse at a wonderful baby consignment store, Loved Again Children’s Boutique, and just had to have it.  Plus it was only $20!!   Rose is in LOVE!  She will come into the room it is in, walk right over to it and give it pets and kisses.  Sometimes I think she thinks it’s real.  🙂

Ride’m Cowgirl!

Horsey snuggles.

The dismount.

Riding off into the sunset.

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