Seven Quick Takes: Celebrating Mark turning one!

I know, I already gushed in yesterday’s post about how I can’t fathom the idea of being the mother of a one-year-old (and, yes, that trend will probably continue with every birthday from here until the end of time).  But, I also promised that today’s post would be all about Mark.  So, here it is!  Seven quick takes on the man being ONE! (Note: because I wanted this post to actually be live on his real, true birthday… all of these photos are unedited.  Sorry.  Sometimes life is like that.)

1) This last weekend, we had a party for Mark. 

We chose to have the party the weekend before is actual birthday because my family was in town for a wedding and that way they got to celebrate with us, too.

A few pictures from the awesomeness:

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We had lots of people come and it was great to see everyone and all were overly generous with their gifts and love as always.  It was a great time!

2) Mark’s current favorite toys.  

As I mentioned, people were very generous AND Mark is the only grandkid on both sides of the family, so… he was a little spoiled.  These toys are his current faves.

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3) I got my crafty on and made this poster.  

Okay, this technically doesn’t have Mark in it, but it’s all about how awesome he is and all of the things that he likes and does right now.  I got the idea on Pinterest — I take no credit whatsoever for coming up with the idea myself. (Also, note: it’s not really cut off like this.  I had to do it that way to take his name off of the top.  Sorry!)

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4) We got to hang out with Mark’s birthday twin!

Peanut ALSO turned one today!  She and her mom came over and we tried to do a photo shoot, but the babies weren’t really wanting to hold still at all today.  Eh.  What can you do, right?  (Also, they really do like each other… they go through this weird period of feeling like they have to meet each other all over again.)

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5) Cake smash!  

Mark smashed his cake on his high-chair at his party, but I decided to let him do it again today, but with just his diaper on and on the floor so he could really go to town.  Ryan and I decided that we would jump in on the fun, too.

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6) The big present from Mama and Dada.  

I found this at a consignment sale a couple of weeks ago and thought it might be fun for Mark.  He seems to like it!

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7) I know that there should technically be a 7th thing, but I can’t think a think.  

Seriously, when did birthdays become so draining?  Whew!  This Mama is going to bed!

If your’e wanting to stay up and party with the party people, check out the other Quick Takes People!  

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Seven Quick Takes: Valentine’s Day, vocations, prayer request, and a charism?

1) Happy Valentine’s Day!
I will admit to you that this is not my most favorite day of the year. I think part of it is that I was single for so much of my life that I didn’t ever really get to feel the love that all of my coupled friends around me seemed to be experiencing on that pinkish day of days. I’ve had a few Valentine’s Days that were particularly important for one reason or another and I’ll talk about those in due time. This year, I’m excited that I have a new love in my life.

Can Mamas have their sons be their Valentines? I like to think so.

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2. Birthday! Picture!

Teacher Man had a birthday this last week and turned the big 3-1. We didn’t do much as it was a school night and, aw geez, we’re parents now who desire sleep above all other things. Little Man colored this picture for his Da Da.

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3. Birthday! Cake! Charism!

I’ve been reading on the Internets lately about charisms and I’ve been pondering what mine is. Then, as I was baking a cake for Teacher Man’s birthday (recipe here), it occurred to me that my charism is baking. All I want to do for people is bake. Have a birthday? Just a hankering for some pie? I’d love to bake you something. More importantly, baking is when I’m quiet, at peace, and I feel energized afterwards. Are we limited to one charism? I don’t think sound I’m not sure what another one would be for me. But, yes, the baking.

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4. Flip

Little Man is finally able to flip from his back onto his front.  He first did it a couple of months ago, but I kind of think it was a fluke.  Now, he can do it on the regular and he’s not scared when he lands on his tummy.

5. I want to GO!

Little Man will tolerate being on his tummy a little more now, but really all he wants to do is walk and walk and walk and walk.  He’s not long for sitting still and playing with his trucks, that one.

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6. Ma Ma

Today, I got the greatest of all Mama-presents: Little Man can say “Mama”!  Be still, my overflowing heart!

7. Prayer Request

There’s some heavy thinking and soul-searching going on in these parts. Prayers appreciated, please!

Have a lovely weekend and go check out some of the other Quick Takes!