We’ve had a lot to celebrate around here. Rick and Phoebe’s birthday are two weeks apart, so we tend to celebrate the whole two weeks worth! This year, we threw in Sophie’s dedication in the middle of all that, so even more to celebrate. Last weekend, we threw a big party to celebrate all three of these events. We had a great time with everyone here. There were lots of family and friends around. Children were everywhere. There was cake, ice cream cake, cookies, and brownies. It was great! My mom took some photos, and they can be found at my mom’s picasaweb, or on facebook.

A photo from the dedication (a few more are in the album):

From September 2009

Sophie is growing leaps and bounds. She’s in 9-12 month clothes now. She’s laughing more, though it’s still a bit of a lazy laugh. She’s starting to warm up to eating her baby food. She “talks” with you now, and gives you good, sloppy, wet baby sugars! Her hair is still looking red, so we’re starting to get more hopeful that it will stay that way. I’m afraid it’s still too early to tell, though, so we’ll see. She can roll back to front and back again, over, and over, and over again.

As for Phoebe, I can’t believe that she’s nearly two now! How did that happen? She’s definitely not a baby anymore and more of a toddler. She repeats everything we say. I’m always amazed at how much she talks and how much she can say. She loves to sing and is constantly singing kid songs. She’s even starting to sing to the radio, which is maybe making me consider listening to kid music all the time. I never thought I’d do that, but there are some songs I’d probably rather her not singing along to. We’ll see how that goes. She’s really sweet with her sister. Now that Sophie is more interactive, you can see them playing together more and more. I’m sure it will only get greater to watch them play as Sophie can do more herself. Phoebe is such a girly girl. She loves purses, dresses, hair bows, bracelets, and necklaces. She constantly has some combination of these on while we’re at home. It’s so sweet. She’s really a very sweet girl. Not a baby, but a little girl!

I live in constant amazement of these two little girls (and sometimes frustration too, I admit). It’s bittersweet watching them grow up, knowing that we’ll never go through a certain phase again. But it’s also so exciting to watch them do new things! I can’t believe how blessed we are.

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