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post office.

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i am becoming a “pro” at the post office. i now know how to write things like “refused inspection” in romanian and i have my passport number memorized these days.

 

which means that yesterday was a day for packages! a special birthday something came from dohdoh {for a later post} AND two boxes came from grandma and grandpa ducky…full of birthday party goodies, birthday gift and other things too!

 

mercy opened her’s first {if you can’t figure out from addy’s voice in the background, ha!}

 

this one is also for doh…everything princess related is now for addy’s special day, errrr, i mean sarah’s special day!

 

thanks grandma and grandpa – – it sure makes our day when we get goodies from you guys! ♥

cousins part one {of many, i hope!}

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our cousins have been here nine days.

 

every minute has been an adventure, i do believe. 🙂

 

i would like to add more details but since i barely have time to brush my teeth these days – – these pictures will have to do. hopefully soon i will blog about their trip and explain the pics. off the top of my head, this is what we have done so far:

 

cousins’ camp, mcdonalds, park, adventure walk, indoor play place, “chuckie cheese” type place and the circus.

 

{we may have been to the park and mcdonalds more than once. nothing quite as good as sixty cent ice cream cones.}

 

anyway, enjoy these for now!

 

mercy makes soup

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If you don’t mind a sideways video since I don’t feel like trouble shooting how to fix it…here is a fun clip of Mercy and I in the kitchen together. Dada was sick in bed (still!) and Addy was happily watching her Yo Gabba Gabba of the day, leaving me with just this munchkin to entertain.

 

swings and kind of swings

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i have a few blogs i would like to get posted but quite honestly, this could be the last one for a few weeks. we have a team from phoenix here to help with the church “launch.” our official sunday morning church service is october 7th. AAAANNNNDDDDD grammie and auntie cacey and spencer and emma get here in TEN days. oh my.

 

so enjoy this little playground picture overload. you get lots cause i was really just practicing some stuff i learned with my camera and trying to capture the goofs in real life action.

 

and yes, addy’s lovely green eye makeup is legit. her week old forehead tumble into the radiator managed to bruise her entire face, oh sweet white child of mine. i also love the ones of mercy trying to stand up under the swing. classic mercy.

 

enjoy!

 

.random forgotten pictures.

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i forgot to add these pictures a while back. i think i took them in july but the girls don’t look that much different! their love for each other is…obvious…:-D

 

goodies!

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we enjoyed a special treat this week…a care package from grandma and grandpa burtt! it was full of goodies and fun {and a couple practical things} and the girls were beside themselves. here are a couple cute videos of the care-package-process.

 

 

 

you have to listen carefully to understand this one. addy actually says, “i haven’t used the purple. i need the purple” right as mercy grabs the purple marker and makes a break for it. oh sisters. ♥

 

 

thank you grandma and grandpa…you really made our week!

one year old pictures. just a tad late.

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finally…mercy adoniyah’s one year old pictures. i have been trying to upload these for at least a month! it’s the thought that counts, right?! i have a few more {with addy} but i will add those in the next post.

happy first birthday, mercy adoniyah ♥

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here are the pictures, finally! we celebrated her birthday over a two week span including a birthday party while grammie and pops were here and then a family day gone almost bad on her actual birthday. ahhhh life. i was very thankful that we had planned to have her party two weeks early because she ended up having a repeat of roseola on her actual birthday! {yes it is possible to get roseola twice, we learned.} anyway, here is yet another blog post of mass picture catch up!

 

the party was a beautiful combination of grandmas and aunties, the united states and moldova. grammie brought over quite a few birthday party necessities from joanns, target, amazon, auntie cacey, auntie dohdoh…you get the idea!

 

i have been learning a lot about my youngest and her little fire-y personality. but i have also been realizing that she is analytical and pensive. she had four entire birthday guests plus her family members and it was almost too much.

 

ready and waiting – – we thought maybe a gift would get her interested.

 

but she was not thrilled.

 

there is nothing cuter than the red eyed half smile of uncertainty. i think the tissue paper freaked her out at first.

 

her birthday outfit. i found this fabric on etsy and grammie used one of my vintage patterns. we found these brand new shoes at the second hand for less than $4! the sweater is the present from the pictures above. she was adorable.

 

birthday cake place of honor. {and amazing birthday crown from auntie whitney.}

 

one year of monthly pictures.

 

the cake. gluten free mix from the states (low stress), moldovan-version butter cream frosting (okay technically the second batch), bunting and decorations from dohdoh and mushroom cupcakes by teresa.

 

the guests (minus liam). do they come any cuter?

 

another mushroom only this time with a marshmallow and apple. just a little pre-sugar.

 

presents. the practice present actually helped.

 

big sister helped too. {addy did amazing and yes, we were a little surprised. i think it helped that pops was next to her the entire time.}

 

a little sophie the giraffe from big sister.

 

it’s love.

 

this was her initial reaction to her cake. in case you can’t tell, she isn’t all that thrilled. we probably should have practiced candles along with presents.

 

the “is this safe?” look for grammie.

 

but then surprisingly, she had no hesitations about exploring the cake. i have already noticed that she seems to be very, very tactile!

 

the “is this okay to eat?” look.

 

and the taste.

 

i now introduce you to baby-that-has-officially-consumed-sugar.

 

victory. this kid has never eaten this much food in one setting. ever. she just kept eating and eating.

 

and then she was done. she chucked the last few pieces on the ground and asked to get out of her chair.

 

post cake belly. i know, it’s pretty impressive.

 

oh look, someone decided to finally crack a smile.

 

two weeks later…birthday morning. {can you say sick? the past three days mercy had been having a pretty high temperature.}

 

special gluten free pancake mix from grandma ducky.

 

and grandma ducky and grandpa jim’s birthday present for mercy. it was a hit.

 

the candle professional.

 

yeah that’s right. she is still blowing even though the candle is long gone.

 

the test…

 

the look of approval!

 

addy trying to eat her pancakes like a big girl:

 

resorting to a much more efficient method!

 

happy pancake tummy!

 

oh and maybe a little birthday chocolate milk to wash it down.

 

addy helping mercy discover her new play telephone…

 

bath toys from aliana:

 

then we decided to try and have a special outing. mercy’s fever seemed gone and she seemed fine. it didn’t go so well. it was hot and sticky. mercy did a lot of this move {the mid walking tantrum.}

 

and gave this look a lot:

 

and then low and behold she broke out in a rash. we weren’t sure if she was having an allergic reaction, severe heat rash or what so we decided to call it quits and come home.

 

although this one did get to ride on a {huge} horse for fifty cents!

 

we got home, napped and regrouped. we put the candle in a chocolate-covered zefir {meringue-type dessert} and it was a hit.

 

happy one year of life, mercy adoniyah. i can’t wait to see what the second year of your life holds!

with love from sleeping beauty and cinderella ♥

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i married an only child.

 

there is nothing wrong with marrying an only child.

 

although there is always the chance that they don’t do kids well.

 

but i didn’t need to worry.

 

i married a natural. ♥

 

dear hubs,

 

thank you for being an amazing, caring, silly, loving, passionate, driven, concerned, protective, fun and completely awesome daddy to our princesses. we love you so much and are so thankful the Lord gave you to us! thank you for being our prince charming.

 

love forever,

 

marie {aka mama}, cinderella {aka addy} and sleeping beauty {aka mercy}

 

p.s. happy father’s day!

 

happy birthday, baby girl ♥

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today is sissy’s real birthday (even though we had a party a few weeks back).

 

and suddenly i have no words to convey my thoughts or my love for this amazing little gift the Lord saw fit to give us.

 

my sister said it best when she told me, “i never expected to be sanctified this much through my children.”

 

so i guess i owe mercy a few thank yous.

 

thank you baby girl for teaching me that love doesn’t divide, it multiplies.

 

thank you baby girl for teaching me that anything and everything has the potential to be dangerous to your well being.

 

thank you baby girl for teaching me that not all kids are born outgoing and social but some are born more thoughtful and analytical.

 

thank you baby girl for teaching me to slow down and learn how you need individual quality time.

 

i can think of so many things to say about my youngest daughter but for now i will just leave you with this – – a little recap from the first year of her life.

 

we love you so much, mercy adoniyah klein burtt. you are precious to your mama, dada, big sister and a whole lotta family and friends! ♥

 

p.s. you can check out daddy’s post here

 

 

p.p.s. both of the songs in the slideshow are super cool covers, huh? check out this blog called “52.” it’s pretty cool!

goodnight baby girl

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tonight i laid my baby girl down to sleep for the last time.

 

yeah, yeah, i know. tomorrow she will only be a day older.

 

but she will be one.

 

and mamas out there know what i am feeling tonight.

 

i don’t know if mercy is my last baby or not…which is why i am so thankful that my own mama has been reminding me from day one to enjoy every moment {even the exhausting parts} like they are my last.

 

so whether or not i have another baby to rock to sleep someday, tonight i took my time snuggling and kissing my baby girl. because i know tomorrow she is going to wake up a little older.

 

gulp.

 

goodnight, mercy girl. see you when you are one!

 

p.s. sorry for the fuzzy phone pictures.
p.p.s. i do realize she is wearing christmas pjs. they are surprisingly thin. and they still fit. so why not?
p.p.p.s. check back tomorrow for a special photo montage of the birthday girl!
p.p.p.p.s. but a little video to hold grandma and grammie over for now