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Friday, February 1, 2008


Oh, aren't birthdays fun? We definitely savored this one, Izzy's first, and who are we kidding, birthdays will always, always be savored at our house. Catie missed out on her first birthday party (her first surgery was on her birthday), so this day with Izzy was extra sweet for many reasons.

Now on to the pictures!!
The menu was chili and hot dogs -- Izzy's first taste of a hot dog -- she thought it was good stuff!

Iz with Aunt Nik Nik

Not so sure about lots of people singing Happy Birthday! Remind anyone of a certain big sister? This surprised me so much. I thought she was going to eat it up. She didn't cry (though I thought she was about to), and was fine once the cake was in front of her (though she did think it was weird that everyone was standing around watching her eat).

Izzy's smash cake (the big cake had Elmo on it)

Mmmmm... this isn't bad.

Yes, she shared w/ Joey. (I can FEEL you cancer moms out there cringing :).

Now we're talking!

The traditional Aunt NikNik and the messy nose picture. If you've followed us for very long, you know that NikNik is always putting stuff on the noses of my kids! This is actually Iz's first experience, but trust me, there will be pics in the future w/ paint and cookie dough and play dough... you name it on her nose from Aunt Nik. Iz reciprocated and painted Nikki's nose too. It's only fair, right?

Look at her fingers!

My work here is done!

1st Birthdays are good stuff! It was quite fun watching Izzy enjoy her big day.

One last picture. Izzy has this new face that she likes to make where she scrunches her face up and her lips pooch out. She breathes in and out through her nose quickly and it's so funny! We can do it to her and she'll do it back to us.
Silly Girl

Thanks for your concern for my dad. He has made marked improvement. He is breathing well and was moved to a regular room the middle of last week. He continued to receive dialysis through Saturday. Since then, he has not needed it. His kidney numbers are not normal, but are finally improving ON THEIR OWN!! He still has a ways to go, but we are very optimistic that he will recover full kidney function. We are very grateful for this as he was in a very scary place two weeks ago!


Anonymous said...

LOVED the pictures. I'm amazed that Izzy could make such a huge mess and yet not have any cake or frosting in her hair!! The girl's got talent.
Susan in MN

Talley Images said...

thank you so much for the pics - they made me laugh out loud - Izzy so cute... and loved that last one - too funny

good news about your dad!

BP said...

I'm so glad she had a happy birthday! That new face is adorable. Thank you for sharing! Blessings to you this weekend.

Sandy P said...

I love the pictures! After reading the letter to Izzy, I would love to see her next to Macie. She is almost 7 pounds heavier and 2 1/2 inches longer! Carson has always been so tall it is odd for me to have a short baby.

John & Kelley said...

Thanks for these perfect first birthday pictures and for sharing the beautiful letter you wrote to Izzy. I've taken a cue from you and have started journals for my girls that I plan to fill with letters on special occasions. What a treasure it will be for Izzy when she gets older. She's a doll and reminds me of my Natalie, who will have her own Elmo first birthday party in March!

I'm also thrilled to hear about your dad's progress. Keep us posted.

Mixed Up Me said...

And a great day was had by all! I love the pictures, especially the scrunched up nose picture! Priceless! How did Aunt Nik Nik enjoy having her nose painted by Miss Izzy? :)

(I've been following your story for a long time now, with catie now toth Izzy, I just don't comment as much as I should.)

Tony Pagliarullo said...

Whoever took those pictures of Izzy eating her cake has a natural talent if I do say so myself.

Faithful Froggers said...

Happy Birthday, Izzy!
The pictures were fantastic and it looks like Izzy thoroughly enjoyed her big day. What a very special time!

Love & FROG,

Anonymous said...

thinking of you guys on this friday afternoon! love and hugs from lawrenceville, ga.
love, tracy neal

Candy from Audrey's Umbrella said...

Love, love, LOVE the birthday girl's pictures! What a cutie patootie she is. :o)

Continued prayers go up for your dad. I'm happy to hear that he's doing better. If he could use some added TLC, please sign him up to receive angel mail thru another group that I volunteer for call Guardian Angel Artists. You can check it out at

Hugs to all of oyu!

Wanda said...

Hi Jen, Can you give me an address or phone number for your dad. I am an old friend of Mike's and have lost touch with him and after reading that he is ill, I would love to send him a card. I have so much enjoyed being a part of your family, even though you didn't know I was here. (I don't know if you remember, but I brought a bubble gun to Catie in the hospital one time.) I laugh and I cry and I pray with each day I visit your page. Catie and your family touched my life and continues to touch my life. Thank you for continuing to keep us updated. My E-mail is if you could send me contact info for Mike.
Thank you and God Bless you and your family.
Wanda Bourne