Hope celebrated her 1st birthday this last week, and the milestone seemed to creep up on us so quickly. I guess that’s just what happens with the second child. We were able to celebrate Hope with just the four of us midweek before the big combined birthday party for the girls coming a few weeks after her birthday. It was simple and I am really beginning to like simple. Simple as in one present and one cupcake. Hope’s favorite things right now are dogs. She spends all day using Cali as her personal climbing gym and following her around saying, “Hi Cali Dog” so we decided to buy her a little stuffed dog that barked and flipped over. She pretty much thought it was the greatest thing in the world although the frosting on her cupcake came in at a close second. She did a nice job making a mess of the frosting and then as usual tossed the entire “leftover” cupcake to the dog. She finds great joy in feeding Cali even though she gets stern looks from me every time she does it.

Getting help from her big sister

Getting help from her big sister

It's a dog!!

It’s a dog!!

One of my favorite things about Hope is that she loves to hug things

One of my favorite things about Hope is that she loves to hug things

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This picture makes me laugh because moments earlier Hope smeared half her frosting on Mia and Mia is trying to figure out what just happened.

This picture makes me laugh because moments earlier Hope smeared half her frosting on Mia and Mia is trying to figure out what just happened.

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