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Charlotte’s First Birthday!

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My beautiful baby turned one yesterday! I can’t believe how fast this year has gone – seems like just a few weeks ago we were in Bali waiting and waiting and waiting (and waiting) for her to be born. We are so blessed to have Charlotte as part of our family. She is a spunky, determined, independent, fearless, snuggly and strong Mommy’s girl. The pediatrician yesterday commented on how healthy she was (80th percentile for height and weight) especially for being born overseas. That girl can eat!!

You see that look on her face? Those eyebrows are like that (the “I’m studying you” look) more often than not. She has a wonderful spirited personality and loves to laugh and smile, too. Especially with her big sister. Makes a mommy happy!

On Sunday the 26th, we had a family party for her at the park. I put together some food and we invited all the aunts and uncles that live in Houston to come. It was a little cooler than we had planned, but the kids still had a blast eating food and running around.

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My goofy little toddler…

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… and my silly big girl.

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The birthday girl with Grandma and Grandpa Menger.

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The three standing cousins (Emily was there too, but she’s not quite standing on her own yet, so she couldn’t quite keep up with the bigger ones). Elizabeth and Ryan are both playing harmonicas from Uncle Andy.


Charlotte had SO MUCH FUN on the swing with Grandpa. He got her going pretty fast and she loved it!

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Emily loved the swing too. Isn’t she adorable?  And Elizabeth and Ryan had a blast on the playground!

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Of course we did cupcakes…

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and she didn’t do too badly! Not too much of a mess, at least. She didn’t really eat that much of it. And then presents…

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A few more goofy cousin pictures.

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Thanks to all the family who came!! We are so blessed to have this time together. We really appreciate being here and having the opportunity to celebrate special days close to the people that we love. I know that all the family couldn’t make it, but some is better than none!

On Monday the 27th (Charlotte’s actual birthday), we took her to the doctor. She got 5 shots, a TB test, and a prick in her finger to test for anemia and lead. Poor baby! She was pretty much feely yucky and exhausted the rest of the day. We did try a cupcake again that night and giver her the presents from us. I only have one picture to share from that but I think it’s a good one. She got a little more into the cupcake this time.


Happy Birthday my sweet Charlotte Abigail!


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Lilly Family Photos

A few posts back, I put up pictures that we were able to take with the Menger family. We were also able to get pictures with the whole Lilly family since we were finally all together over Christmas. It was really really cold outside, so we just had a friend photographer come to the house and take pictures. They are really good! I will probably keep commenting to a minimum and just posts our favorites. Here you go – enjoy!

Charlotte w-Gpa & Gma w-preset    Elizabeth w-preset

Jenine and Elizabeth 3    Kara & Brittany for fun_

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Not all of them are serious… it’s hard to keep us from being goofy when we’re all together!

Love pictures with my girls!!

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And my other girls (Mom and Brittany). Dad too, but he’s not a girl.

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Here’s some pictures of just us Mengers:

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And finally one of all of us together! Great pictures and great memories and great times!! Yay for fun with family.

Whole family

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Christmas Pics

It’s February. I know. But yes, I really am just now posting pictures from Christmas. I’m very sorry.

We did have a really fun Christmas. We were with my (Kara) whole family in Ohio and we (all of us) hadn’t been together for Christmas day in five years so this was really nice.


Merry Christmas from the Menger family!

We opened stockings in the morning…

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… and had great fun getting pictures of people like this:


Then there was a re-enactment of the Christmas story. Main characters: Elizabeth as Mary, Uncle Gary as Joseph, Panda Bear as Baby Jesus, and Daddy first as the wise man, and then as the Donkey. I know we were missing a few of the main characters, but the most important ones were there.

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Elizabeth came up with most of the story herself from us reading to her during the Christmas season. It was fun to see what made an impression and what she remembered!

Then came the picture-taking time in front of the tree before we got to open presents. Here are some of the better pictures that we got!

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And then it was present time!! I have a picture of us right before we started into the mayhem…


… but alas, we were too busy opening presents and enjoying being together for Christmas to remember to take any more pictures. Which I think is just a wonderful thing. The added bonus of the day was the Charlotte took her first steps while we were opening presents! She is walking all over the place quite independently now. Hard to slow that little one down!


One of the two cutest little presents I’ve ever gotten!

Merry Christmas! In February!

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Elizabeth’s 3rd Birthday

As soon as we got to Cincinnati in December, we celebrated Elizabeth’s 3rd Birthday. We had a fun and special day of pink, princesses, and playing. It was quiet and just us close family, but that’s exactly what this special little girl wanted on her special day – to just play! Here is the big girl sitting in her pretty dress with her presents.


Opening her presents. In the morning she got to open her presents from Mommy, Daddy, and Charlotte, and from Grandma and Grandpa Lilly, too. She got a princess sticker book, some “fancy” jewelry, a beautiful ballet dress…

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… a wallet, a tent…

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and a Cinderella carriage. Can you tell she is ALL GIRL??


Plus a few more presents that I didn’t get pictures of. Everything is either small or can be made small so that we can pack it and take it back to Indonesia.

Later after dinner she got a few more presents from Grandma and Grandpa Menger.


And then we had cake! Princess cake! Purple ice cream Princess cake!!

And the party hats were very important. All year long when we talked about her Birthday she asked, “can I have party hats, too??” So yes, we had party hats. We all had to wear them.


Happy 3rd Birthday to my precious princess! We love you so much, Elizabeth!

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