Wednesday, March 30, 2011

2nd Birthday post #1

Again, thanks to everyone who showed us in some way they were thinking of us for Carleigh’s birthday. We appreciate it! Here’s just a few things we got for Carleigh.

Caroline and her kids-Ridge, Jennifer, Thaniqua, and Carly-always send us so much love. They sent us cards and even made some brownies for her birthday. Thank you!

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We got some cards from Jenny, Ashley, Sarita, and Bree. Thank you!

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Our sitter, Ashley, made a neat little bag for our girls to take with us on our visits to the cemetery. They can fill it with gifts or activities to do while we are there. What a neat idea! Thank you!

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We had a small celebration on Saturday, March 26th for her birthday. I left it an open invitation for family and friends. The people who ended up coming were my parents, my niece, and my best friend, Lindsey, and her family.

I ordered a cake-chocolate with buttercream frosting-and it turned out beautifully! The cake lady did an excellent job on it. I even bought a sculpture from The Midnight Orange as a cake topper. It went perfectly with the cake.

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For lunch we had hamburger and potatoes on the grill. Yummy as always! The kids enjoyed playing together before and after we ate.

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Then it was time for cake! I put 2 pink candles in the cake and lit them. We sang happy birthday to Carleigh and I let the girls blow out the candles. They were really excited to eat the cake and I must admit so was I! The cake was super good last year (same lady made it) and it was really good again.

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After we all had our fill of cake we got the balloons around. We decided to do a small release in our backyard and then go out to the cemetery and do one. Lindsey and her family did the one in our backyard with us and then my parents just went out with us to the cemetery.

I had the same cards as last year that we wrote on and tied to the balloons.

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One of the balloons ended up getting stuck on our antenna. Last time I checked it was still there! Oops! It was kinda windy that day so it wasn’t surprising.

Out at the cemetery I put a little stone angel by her vase on her headstone. The stone angel was a gift from my friend Amy. I love what it says.

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I gave Carleigh some new flowers. I had a local flower shop make them but I wasn’t impressed with what they did so I bought my own white flowers and had my mom redo it when they came down before our little party started. It looked so much better after she fixed it! In the vase I also put a little butterfly decoration. The wings glow in the dark. It also came with 2 more. I put one in our backyard in Carleigh’s Corner and I gave one to my mom so she would have one at her house so when we visited we could see it and think of her.

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We got the rest of the balloons out of the van and let them go.

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Overall, the day was really good and lighthearted. The celebration was wonderful and we were with people who really cared for us.

Kyndra went home with my parents so later I took Lainey up to where I keep Carleigh’s memory chest. I started looking through it and showing her things that belong to her sister. I played a little musical statue that played the tune “I Will Always Love You”. You know, the song that Whitney Houston sings on the movie The Bodyguard? It was so pretty. So I just kept playing that over and over until we were done looking through her chest. So many cherished memories.

20 comments:

.Katie. said...

<3 it all sounds so beautiful.

TanaLee Davis said...

Sounds like a beautiful and memorable day for all in attendance. The cake turned out better than I imagined. The flowers are beautiful and the smiles despite the bitter sadness is priceless. I'm glad the day was gentle to you and allowed way for time with Carleigh's memory chest. Thank you for sharing, I always enjoy your posts especially when you show pictures. :)
~Felicia

Jessica said...

sounds like you had a beautiful day! What a beautiful celebration.

Mary said...

Holly, that cake was perfect. It looks like Carleigh had a wondeful birthday, here on Earth and in heaven! Thank you so much for sharing a little bit of her special day!

New Year Mum said...

Looks like such a lovely day for your beautiful Carleigh's birthday... love her cake and looks like you all had such a special day xoxo

Caroline said...

That cake looks wonderful !! Looks everything was great. Such a beautiful party for such a precious <3 Carleigh <3. We love you all. We ate some brownies for you. :)

Mary said...

la statuette est magnifique, j'aime beaucoup la reprise des ailes de papillon. Quel magnifique travail sur le gateau. La journée semble avoir été belle

Mary said...

Sounds like the perfect celebration Holly.

Kelly @ Sufficient Grace Ministries said...

Beautiful celebration...

Stacy said...

What a perfect day... you're a good mama. I love the angel stone!

Kristin said...

Everything is so beautiful. Sounds like a special day for a precious little girl :)

Linda said...

Thanks for sharing your special celebration with us here Holly...it was very nice.

{{Hugs from the Heart}}

Linda

Amy von Oven said...

It all looks PERFECT. She had a great 2nd birthday. I am so happy it all went great for you. So beautiful...

Sarita Boyette said...

You planned everything so beautifully for Carleigh's birthday! the cake, the flowers, the balloons, the fellowship. I love it that your Mom can arrange flowers so well! The cake & topper are just beautiful - happy birthday again to a sweet baby girl. xoxo

Kara said...

Looks like it was a lovely day! The cake is beautiful! I'm glad you were able to have such a special day with loved ones honoring Carleigh. =) Gives me inspiration for Karinne's birthday in May.

Chrissy said...

It sounds and looks perfect and beautiful!Thank you for sharing her day with us! Love all the pictures!

Bree said...

Holly, these pictures have me in tears. You celebrate Carleigh so beautifully!

AKD said...

That cake is just breathtaking! How lovely! <3

Holly said...

Happy Birthday to sweet sweet Carleigh - you are a beautiful mommy!

Mattie said...

Again, how beautiful! I especially loved her beautiful cake!

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