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February 14, 2011

Anna’s Birthday Photos

Just a few shots from last week’s celebrations.

She is such a happy, happy kid. Even happier with all her people around.

We had a couple different gatherings last week including an evening with my parents as they came through town.

She had a good helper to blow out the candles on her cake.

Grandma and Grandpa gave her a new set of legos just for her. Simon was distressed that she was not following the directions.

Gotta love pink legos.

She was definitely into opening presents and gave great excited reactions to each one. Both sets of grandparents gave her an outfit that she needed to immediately put on right there at the table.

It’s always cool to have my parents around as they usually have a camera in hand too.

And on her actual birthday I made cupcakes. Simple, fun, homemade little cakes of goodness with a bunch of different sprinkles.

Simon came home from school and I let him eat one (Anna was at the babysitters). I went upstairs to work for a bit while he was on the computer downstairs and when I came back down I found that he had eaten two more! Three cupcakes in one sitting. Good thing I made a few extra for when Anna got home.

Wishing everyone a Happy Valentine’s Day today and a peaceful week.


  • 1.
    dawn said…

    Thank you Ali for sharing, I kept checking all weekend hoping to see some bday photos. I love love the first one, she looks so happy and laughing and look at that cute outfit. She is just adorable in her new bangs. Love that you shared about Simon thru this too. So happy it was a happy day for all of you.

    p.s. I noticed the chairs in the background of the first photo and don’t remember seeing them in your kitchen pictures before, are they new? I like them.

  • 2.
    Ingvild said…

    Love the birtday pictures – looks like Anna had a wonderfull time turning 2. And you gotta love the pink lego.

    And I suddenly feel a craving for cupcakes ;o)

  • 3.
    Barb M. said…

    Thanks for sharing Anna’s bd pictures. wonderful cake! Anna looks thrilled in each on the photos. What a cutie!

  • 4.
    Barb M. said…

    Thanks for sharing Anna’s bd pictures. wonderful cake! Anna looks thrilled in each one of the photos. What a cutie!

  • 5.
    Helen said…

    Beautiful photos Ali!

  • 6.
    Sally said…

    What great pictures. LOVE the stories about Simon – both about him wanting Anna to follow the Lego instructions, and the THREE cupcakes! Love it. So cute that Anna wanted to try on her new outfits!!

  • 7.
    Lisa W. said…

    Ohhhhhh she is soooooooo cute…Happy Birthday Ann Girl. Those cupcakes do look yummy awesome…you did not tell Simon you can’t eat more than one…lol. Happy Valentines Day to you and your family:)

  • 8.
    kelly said…

    happy birthday little anna! loving those cupcakes. my kids always asked for hot fudge brownie sundaes!

  • 9.
    arlene said…

    How fun! I LOVE seeing Simon, in the first picture, in the background. I wonder how he was feeling right then. :)

  • 10.
    Bec Kilgore said…

    I like doing a quick Internet check before going to work and finding such a happy post on your blog.

    Happy V Day!

  • 11.

    I didn’t even know they made pink legos – how awesome!

  • 12.
    Debbie S. said…

    Oh my gosh…I LOVE those cupcakes!! Great photos. :)

    Happy V Day and hope you have a great week!

  • 13.
    JillT said…

    She looks so much older with her new haircut! I just keep thinking what fun it is with your kids’ age spread. You got to totally enjoy the littleness of Simon and now the same for Anna. I understand some of the reasons for having kids close together, but I’m totally into at least four years age difference so the oldest understands that sometimes they have to “wait”.

  • 14.
    JJ said…

    what a little sweetie!! (My son would have done the same thing with the cupcakes. :) )

  • 15.
    Nicky from Canada said…

    Love the pics – and love her new haircut. Can so relate to Simon being in distress about not following the directions for the legos.
    Happy Valentines Day

  • 16.
    Tamara said…

    she shares a birthday week with my mother. we celebrated with cupcakes too…you’re never too old for cupcakes! these pictures are precious. happy valentine’s day everybody!

  • 17.
    Jenni Hufford said…

    happy birthday anna! she is so sweet! you are going to love having a two year old little girl :)

  • 18.
    Jo said…

    Lovely! Jo x

  • 19.
    cinback said…

    Birthdays are so fun to capture!

  • 20.
    Julie said…

    “Simon was distressed that she was not following the directions.”

    Simon is my kind of guy!

  • 21.
    sue said…

    thanks for sharing the pictures ali.. i love the way that simon looks in the background.. he looks as excited as anna.. is that the taj mahal in the background? if so, i’m loving the fact that you have room in your kitchen to display it there.. how sweet.. happy belated birthday to anna.. sure looks like she was having fun!

  • 22.
    Laura K said…

    Wow. What a sweet little girl.
    My little princess has in 10 days her second birthday. I can’t wait. We made here a kitchen and I can wait to play with her.

    Happy Valentines day.

  • 23.
    Neusinha Fusco said…


  • 24.
    rhonda said…

    Yeah Anna so glad you had a great Birthday! Happy Valentine’s Day Edward family!

  • 25.
    Tammy B said…

    I have a son who does the exact same thing (taking food) except he’s 15! Those cupcakes just looked so delicious that Simon couldn’t resist!! And I’m sure Simon will teach Anna how to put those Legos together the right way soon enough!

  • 26.
    carolyn k said…

    WHoop WHoop Whoop!!!
    Word for the year Alert!
    the first thing I thought of when I saw your painting was LIGHT!!!
    I hope you see it, too…
    “Week three is about using color – maybe it will spur me out of my muted, monochomatic beige and white phase?”

  • 27.
    Alison Exelby said…

    Anna looks like she is a very happy girl, love the birthday photos, thanks for sharing

  • 28.
    Tracy said…

    Oh my goodness…talk about a happy girl!! I love that first shot. If you’re ever feeling down all you have to do is look at that picture. Happy Birthday Anna!!

  • 29.

    Welcome to the beginning of the boy eating you out of house and home ;-)

  • 30.
    Teresa said…

    Looks like a great celebration!
    Happy Valentines day to you all!

  • 31.
    Cindy said…

    This is just too cute!
    Happy VaLentine!!

  • 32.
    hope s said…

    Awesome pictures! I would love to see a picture of the photos above your mantel. I love the looks of the arrangement. I’m always looking for new ways to display the photos I love.

  • 33.
    Jolynn said…

    So cute. These are the moments you will look back on and it will make you smile all over. Love the pics.

  • 34.
    Gabi said…

    Thank you for sharing Anna’s celebration with us, Ali. The first photo is the cutest!! Wishing you a great week!

  • 35.
    carriep said…

    thanks again for sharing your family!

  • 36.
    Sally said…

    You know Anna has a capital letter at the start right…?

    As a first grade teacher I just cringed to see it oh-so-wrong on her birthday cake!

  • 37.
    Shawna said…

    Happy Birthday Anna!!! What a sweet little girl!!! The expression on her face in the first picture is priceless! Thanks again for sharing your precious family!
    ps…the picture in the background of the first pic…its it of letters? might we have a close up please?

  • 38.
    sue said…

    Happy Birthday Anna! Love the photos.

    Funny Simon story – typical boy eating as many cupcakes as possible!

  • 39.
    redheadmomma said…

    You made me chuckle – Noah gets really distressed when lego directions aren’t followed either. You should see us when we play “creationary” – no one’s good at it but Noah, and he lets us know! LOL
    Happy birthday Anna! She’s really growing up! :)

  • 40.
    Janet said…

    She is so cute and such a cute haircut – it does make her look older. As I hug my now 14 yr old 6ft son, I remember the days of littleness. He would’ve have eaten 3 cupcakes too. Hug your kids everyday!

  • 41.
    Niki Estes said…

    Oh, so cute! Happy Birthday, Anna!

  • 42.
    Regina Wilkerson said…

    Looks very nice. Too bad no pictures with Daddy but he was probably taking pictures.

    • ….
      Ali said…

      Yep – and he was in others that I didn’t show here (lots more photos taken than just this).

  • 43.
    Amber L. said…

    I love the birthday photos :)

  • 44.
    paula s said…

    pretty cake! sweet pix! lvoe the fun cupcakes!!

  • 45.
    Kim said…

    This is so precious!

  • 46.
    Jan said…

    Ali…My daughter just turned 2 in November. She has a 7-year-old brother who adores her, just as Simon obviously loves Anna. Thanks for sharing your family with us. You are so blessed. Oh…my daughter loves legos, too. But she needs some pink ones.

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