White Pine, and the world over, according to Carina: the ordinary is extraordinary. A day filled with events that we adults often overlook as nothing more than routine, mundane, and normal is cast in a completely different light when viewed through Carina's wide eyes: it is an adventure into Wonderland.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Celebrating You, Carina: Happy 2nd Birthday!

March 30th, 2009

From the moment we first met (on the outside of the womb), we've been smitten with you, enraptured by your sweet and docile nature, alarmed and alerted by your foghorn-like cry, melted by your smile, giggles, and affection for your family and our pets,

and lost in your deeply intense eyes.
March 30th, 2009

You're a smarty, such a bright little gal, so attuned to your surroundings and any changes occurring within, and sweeeeeeeet, so sweet, even when you're having a rare (as of yet) fit.You have your preferences, you thrive on your schedule (or "skehd-joo", as you used to call it), bedtime and naptime and sleep-time at anytime must involve a 'gah' and your thumb since this day:
June 30th, 2009

You've trained us well. In many ways, Dear, YOU are raising US, training US, and teaching US to be our best selves, our most aware selves (anyone who has ever reared or babysat a toddler understands the perils of a non-babyproofed home), our most forgiving, patient, open-minded, and open-ended selves.
July 16th, 2009

October 11th, 2010

December 7th, 2010

January 10th, 2011

All that we truly know now is today, save for a few somewhat short-term goals. We have dreams, hopes, ambitions, and aspirations of our own for ourselves individually, as your parental unit, and for you, but as unpredictable as life has been oftentimes for us, there's no predicting either what your individual future will hold or what our future as a family will resemble.
April 15th, 2009

 July 11th, 2010

We're just anxiously looking forward to all of it. The good and bad, the happy and sad, the ups and downs, and everything between. 
Halloween 2010

September 24th, 2010

July 3rd, 2010

August 27th, 2010

November 28th, 2010

December 29th, 2010

 January 10th, 2011

 May 2008

 March 30th, 2009

"Love at first sight" made its first appearance in our lives on the day you were born, March 30th, 2009. You are loved, beyond belief are you loved, more today than yesterday, more tomorrow than today. You are a precious, blossoming little person and we want nothing more than to encourage every positive attribute that makes you who you are and who you become.  Never to squelch, never to demean, never to degrade. Always to love, and to love as fully as humanly possible.

Happy 2nd Birthday, Sweetheart! We love you and hope you had a perfectly birthday-riffic day! 

 I'll try not to cry when you blow out your #2 candle tonight...
 You're our big girl now.

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