we celebrated claire’s second birthday saturday morning with an extra special brunch for our extra special girl. we were lucky enough to have our close friend, mike, capture the day for us (he is amazing!!). i think claire enjoyed the party, she really loves being around people. however, i made the mistake of adjusting her special diet a few days prior, which always makes her sleepy as she adjusts. needless to say, she wasn’t as active as usual that day. but it was still a beautiful celebration of her. she also collected about $300 to donate to blood:water mission at her lemon:aid stand. i think she would be so happy that her day was used to help others. so many people have prayed, served, loved on and aided us since claire was born. it is only fitting that we do what little we can to forward that love on and honor our daughter’s life in the process.

below is the brunch buffet table. it included mini quiche, lemon whoopie pies, pineapple bars, banana bread pops and fruit cups. the banners are from the fabulous tomkat studio.

we also set up a lemon:aid area with information on blood:water mission and lemonade favors for the guests. (and a hunky guy is posing by it for you.)

here’s the birthday girl.

and her beautiful hands.

here’s our other little baby enjoying the party.

here’s some pictures featuring my pom madness. believe me, this is only half of it.

we also made little jingle bells to ring after we sang the happy birthday song. if you know claire, she LOVES bells!

and just a couple more pictures our claire bear.

we love her so.

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claire turns two!

Jul 20, 2010

claire, today your daddy and i celebrate the day God brought you into our world. two years ago, you were the tiny four pound baby that was placed in our arms and changed our lives forever. now, you are a beautiful little girl who has already taught us more than we could imagine and amazed us with your bravery, your spirit and your love. we are very proud of all you have accomplished this year and we will never stop fighting for you. we may never understand why so much was taken from you, and in some way we will always mourn that, but we want you to know that you are loved exactly as you are. you were fearfully and wonderfully made. and we are beyond thankful to call you ours.

claire at two:

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about 32 inches, 22 lbs 4 ounces.

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this year claire has learned to roll over front and back, multiple rolls. she pushes herself up on her arms during tummy time and is trying to scoot herself around. she has learned to put her hands and arms in her mouth, grasp objects with a prompt, kicks and pushes with her legs like crazy and loves to rock herself. she loves watching yo gabba gabba on tv. she loves music, bells, clickers, maracas and lights. her favorite places to go are liberty market, IKEA and anywhere outside. she also likes car rides. claire has learned to love the water and likes swimming. she loves to smile, laugh and babble. she loves when people clap and cheer for her. she is very affectionate and loves being snuggled and kissed. last but certainly not least, claire adores her pacifier.

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we are asking our family and friends to donate in honor of claire (and in lieu of birthday gifts) to a charity we support, blood:water mission. they are an amazing organization that builds wells in africa. you can read more about them on their website and also donate by clicking on the donate link on the site.

LEMON:AID Make a Stand for Clean Water.

we’ll have lots of pictures to share soon of claire’s lemon:aid party! and lastly, thank you for supporting our family and for loving our little girl.

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my pretty patient.

Jul 14, 2010

little miss claire is sick with her first big virus. crazy that she made it almost two years with nothing more than a day of minor sniffles! but this week has been full of sneezing, mucous and finally learning how to cough. in some ways, i think this respiratory infection is a blessing, claire is becoming more comfortable with her gag reflex because of it and understanding that coughing isn’t such a scary thing. way to go claire! even while being under the weather, she is still her charming little self.

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claire may not be able to talk or see like a typical little kid but she sure has a lot to say. i love observing her facial expressions in photos, i feel like i can tell exactly what she is thinking at that moment. she sure has a ton of cute, silly and sassy looks. (in case you are wondering, she was getting ready for naptime by the end of these photos which is why she didn’t want to open her eyes as wide. also morning was fading into a hot desert day, hence the rosy cheeks.)

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IMG_2245(claire has recently learned to suck on her hands. she loves it.)

IMG_2246(she also loves to stick her tongue out. but just a little bit. she is a lady after all.)

IMG_2248(she is snuggling me here. or trying to tell me i am squeezing her too much. i’m not sure.)

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IMG_2254(i love this picture. she is drooling down my arm, enjoying it and i am like “eek!” haha!)

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IMG_2260(she thinks her dad is so funny!)

IMG_2272(i think right here she is telling us how hot it is getting and she wants to leave.)

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