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Charlee is Two Years Old

On September 26th a friend, Kristin, messaged me with a question.  She would be having her daughter Charlee’s 2nd birthday party at their house on either October 20th or October 21st.  Kristin asked how much I charge to take pictures and if I could or would want to come over and take pictures.  The pictures Kristin wanted would be before the party started.  She wanted pictures of the party decorations; the birthday cake; Charlee’s immediate family singing “Happy Birthday” to her; Charlee blowing out candles; Charlee opening gifts from her immediate family; Charlee and her older sister playing on their swing set and some family pictures.

Kristin lives a little over an hour’s drive from our home.  I thanked Kristin for reaching out to me and told her that I do not charge to take pictures.  My response to Kristin’s request was “no” because of the travel distance.  I wrote that I wished she lived closer because I would take the pictures she wanted in a heartbeat.

Kristin said that she was going to talk to her grandparents, who live near me, to see if Charlee’s birthday party could be held there.  That is what happened.  Charlee’s birthday party was held at her grandparents’ house on Sunday,  October 21st.  The party was at 1:30 pm, and I took pictures between 12:00 pm and 1:00 pm.

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_LG28509Birthday Cake, Plates and Cups

_LG28515Charlee, you are so cute!

_LG28516Charlee’s Personal “Hedgie” Birthday Cake

_LG28517Charlee and Family Members Who Were Present Before Her Birthday Party

_LG28523Charlee and her Birthday Cake


Singing “Happy Birthday” to Charlee

_LG28543Charlee taking a big bite of cake, with a little encouragement from her sister

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Charlee didn’t make a mess, while eating her cake.

_LG28573Birthday Presents!

_LG28608Charlee with her mom, great grandparents, grandmother and sister

Happy 2nd birthday, Charlee!

Our Twin Granddaughters’ Fifth Birthday Celebration

Harper and Juniper’s 5th birthday was earlier this month. Yesterday, Stacey hosted a party to celebrate her daughters birthdays.

The girls’ birthday party was held at Betts Park, here in Warren PA, from 3:00 pm until 6:00 pm. Bob grilled hot dogs, which were accompanied by light refreshments. The party had two themes: Trolls and Beauty & the Beast. If I remember correctly, Juniper chose the Trolls theme and Harper chose the Beauty & the Beast Theme. Both girls, however, like Trolls and Beauty & the Beast. Stacey’s choice of pavilion was excellent, as it was close to a playground. All the children had a great time playing on the playground equipment, while waiting on the hot dogs to cook. Highlights of the birthday party included a pinata filled with toys, an appearance by Belle & her Prince, and the opening of presents. The party was well attended by all three sets of grandparents, as well as other family members, and Harper and Juniper’s friends.

I created this collage to provide you a glimpse into our granddaughters’ birthday party. Each photograph in the collage may be enlarged by clicking on them individually. Enjoy!

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Harper and June’s 4th Birthday Celebration

Our granddaughters’ 4th birthday was this past Wednesday, May 18th.  Three days later we were still celebrating Harper and June’s birthday. Yesterday’s birthday celebration was held at their great uncle’s house. Bob’s daughter, Stacey, invited Bob and me to the party. All total 16 people attended the party.

The party started at 2:00 pm and ended a couple hours later. Party food included pizza, pasta salad, fruit, chocolate chip cookies, and a Batman birthday cake and vanilla ice cream with crushed Oreo cookies.

After we had eaten, the girls opened their birthday presents.  Harper and June received a very special present from Corvette.

_LG21818 4x6Ryan, Corvette, Harper and June

Ryan is Harper and June’s cousin.  Ryan and Corvette are getting married in August, next year.  Corvette asked Harper and June if they would be her flower girls.

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Will you be my flower girl?

_LG21829 4x6Harper, Corvette and June

After the girls opened all of the very nice presents they had received for their birthday, Uncle Denny brought out the cake.

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Amanda, Harper and June’s cousin, made their birthday cake.
She made the vanilla ice cream with crushed Oreo cookies too.
Both the cake and ice cream were delicious!

_LG21848 4x6Harper and June blow out the candles on their birthday cake.

_LG21853 4x6The birthday girls with their mom and “Big Grandma” (Stacey’s mother)

Thank you for inviting us to the girls’ birthday party, Stacey.  Your dad and I had a good time!

Happy 1st Birthday Kyla!

Today is our great niece’s birthday. Kyla is 1 year old today.  Happy birthday Kyla!

We celebrated Kyla’s birthday one week early. Jared and Sara held Kyla’s birthday party on Sunday, May 1, from 2:00 until 5:00 pm at the Alwine Civic Center in Greensburg, PA. The party destination was a 3-hour drive, each way, for us. We hadn’t seen my brother and his family since Christmas, so I looked forward to seeing everyone.

The civic center was tastefully decorated with pink balloons, a large poster showing Kyla’s first year in pictures, and a pink curtain backdrop. After Jared and Sara welcomed us all to Kyla’s birthday party and Jared said a prayer of blessing for the food, we got in line for the buffet-style lunch. Food selections included fried chicken, hot and cold pasta dishes, ham, small rolls, and a grape salad. Dessert selections included pie, cookies and cupcakes.

_LG21184 4x6Enjoying the party food

_LG21183 4x6Kyla’s first year in pictures

Children who attended the party received a homemade hobby horse (cute), and a jousting lance and jousting shield made out of material.

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Some of the children with their hobby horses and jousting lance

Babies present at the party received a small plush toy. At approximately 3:15 pm Sara and Jared helped Kyla open her birthday presents. The cake smash was held after the presents were opened. The gift opening and cake smash were held in front of the curtain backdrop. We arrived early, around 12:30 pm and left at 4:00 pm. Bob and I are happy that we were able to attend Kyla’s birthday party.  I created a Smilebox photo collage to share some of the highlights from opening gifts and the cake smash.

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Two Birthdays Celebrated

Bob and I attended a birthday party this evening. The party celebrated the birthdays of two of our friends, Corky and his daughter Debbie.

_LG17228 4x6This is Debbie and her husband with one of their children and some of their grandchildren.
Debbie is in the front row, second from the right.

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This is Corky with two of his children and some of his grandchildren.
Corky is in the front row, first man on the left.

Bob and I attended Corky and Debbie’s birthday celebration five years ago too. https://thebeautyaroundus.com/2010/08/04/two-birthday-celebrations-one-party/

Three-Year Birthday Celebration

Saturday afternoon Bob and I attended our great niece’s third birthday celebration.  Elise’s birthday party was held at her maternal grandparents’ house from 2:00 pm through 8:00 pm.  The party was well attended by family members, for the most part.

M1101976 4x6This is our great nephew, Kaleb.  Kaleb is Elise’s cousin.  When Kaleb and I hugged each other, I told him how tall he is getting.  Kaleb’s response?  “I am 9.”  I guess being 9 years old means you are tall.

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This is Elise, the birthday girl.  When I took this picture, Elise’s mother (our niece) was holding her, and Elise was looking back at me.  As soon as I took this picture, Elise became shy.  She laid her head on her mom’s shoulder and looked away from me.

M1101981+M1101982+M1101983-seniors-template-15In this sequence of pictures, everyone sings “happy birthday” to Elise and then she blows out her candles.  I love Elise’s expression, while everyone is singing happy birthday to her.  She appears to be in awe that everyone is singing to her.  Elise’s smile, after she successfully blows out the birthday candles, is a favorite picture as well.

IMG_3543In this photograph Elise and others are eating birthday cupcakes.  Our great niece, Anna (Elise’s cousin), is sitting on the right hand side of the picnic table.

It was a 2-hour drive for Bob and me to attend the party.  Thankfully the weather cooperated, and we didn’t see any wintery precipitation during our drive there and back home.  We arrived shortly before 2:00 pm and stayed for a couple hours.

Happy birthday Elise!  Uncle Bob and I are happy that we were able to celebrate your birthday with you!

Two-Year Birthday Celebration

Yesterday afternoon Bob and I attended our great niece’s second birthday celebration.  Elise’s birthday party was held at her maternal grandparents’ house from 2:00 pm through 5:00 pm.   It was a 2-hour drive for Bob and me to attend the party.  Thankfully the weather cooperated, and we didn’t see any wintry precipitation during our drive there and back home.  The party was well attended, and I enjoyed chatting with other attendees.  The highlight of our visit, though, was before the party began. Bob and I arrived 30 minutes early, and I had one-on-one playtime with Elise.

Here is a series of four photographs of Elise that I particularly liked.

Birthday Girl

Elise’s princess crown slipped down.

Elise is such a happy child.  She smiles and laughs all the time.

I’m a Princess

Happy birthday Elise!  Uncle Bob and I are happy that we were able to celebrate your birthday with you!

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