Thursday, March 29, 2012

Carleigh’s 3rd Birthday

I wasn’t sure how year 3 would be. I was hoping it would be a good day but you just never know how emotional or not it may be. Thankfully, both the day before and her actual birthday were good days. Even the days leading up to her birthday weren’t bad. I only had a couple moments. I think maybe I would have had more had I not been so busy with everything and taking care of the girls. The girls certainly keep my hands and mind busy just themselves, especially Lainey!

The day before her birthday something neat actually happened. The 27th was the day we went into the hospital for my induction with Carleigh. In the early morning on the ride to the hospital I was able to feel Carleigh hiccup for the last time. On the morning of the 27th around the same time Evanee got the hiccups. It was just really neat and I wanted to share. It totally took me back there but not in a bad way. It made me smile to remember that time because I think of Carleigh’s last hiccups as a gift from her.

The week before Carleigh’s birthday I ordered her cake. I knew I didn’t want to get a huge cake and have a ton of it left over like the previous year so I got a small cake and browsed the internet for possible designs and customized it with the colors I wanted. I think it turned out really good. The cake ended up being bigger than I thought it would and we still had cake left over so I took it into work the next day to share. It was delicious!

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I had Anthony pick up the cake the morning of Carleigh’s birthday and also some balloons too. Before we left the house I made sure to get a pic of us all in our purple and with Carleigh bear of course!

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We went to the cemetery so that I could change Carleigh’s flower arrangement to a more spring one and to also release the balloons we had gotten. I let Kyndra release the balloons when it was time.

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After we were done at the cemetery we spent the day as a family at an aquarium. The girls really enjoyed it, especially the shark tunnel. Carleigh bear even came along! We visited a candy shop next door to the aquarium and picked up some goodies for all of us (cotton candy for me!).

When we got home we had steak and twice baked potatoes for supper and then cut into Carleigh’s cake.

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I had wanted to go through Carleigh’s pictures and perhaps some videos too but that didn’t end up happening. By the end of the day I was so tired I just wanted to go to bed! I did spend a little time the day before though looking at a few items in her memory chest so I’m glad I at least got to do that.

12 comments:

Tesha said...

SO sweet Holly, thanks for sharing the pictures. Your family is beautiful. I love the cake! Saying a prayer that you would continue to have comfort and peace.

Debby@Just Breathe said...

It is a beautiful cake and I think you spent a perfect day celebrating Carleigh's 3rd Birthday. ((HUGS))

Veronika said...

What a fun way to remember Carleigh, great family pic too (: & wow! what a precious moment with the hiccups that must've been. Something special just between you and your girls. Priceless! (:

Trennia said...

What a beautiful way to celbrate Carleigh's 3rd birthday.Thank you for sharing, the cake was beautiful.My husband said he wants a piece of that cake..lol..he said it really looks beautiful and good!

Crystal Theresa said...

what a great way to celebrate Carleigh's 3rd birthday <3

Jennifer Ross said...

Looks like you and your family had a very special day.

You ordered a beautiful cake for Carleigh.

So sweet Holly.....

Stacy said...

I love the story of the hiccups :o) Sisters have a special connection ♥

CynthiaS said...

I love how little things can bring back such precious memories, those hiccups were priceless :) I couldn't see all the pictures but her cake and your family picture look amazing!

Kelly @ Sufficient Grace Ministries said...

Beautiful cake and beautiful sweet celebration for Carleigh with your family. Happy Birthday again sweet baby girl! Much love to you...

DandelionBreeze... aka NYMum said...

Such a beautiful way to remember your darling Carleigh... love the cake and sounds like a very special day. So sorry that I'm so far behind on commenting...I'm public again, so will be easier to find/follow now... and have had a name change... hope it's not too confusing. Thinking of you xoxo

Christy said...

I love what you do for Carleigh. You are such an awesome mommy to all your babies! Happy late birthday sweet Carleigh! Sending love...

With Out My Punkin said...

What a special day <3

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