Happy Birthday, Amanda!


Last weekend we also celebrated my cousin’s daughter’s 4th birthday. Here she is showing off her beautiful new birthday sandals (and pretty party dress!).


Sophie got to play in a sandbox for the first time.


And while Amanda opened her presents, Sophie was beside herself with excitement—so many toys! And kids! And balloons! At one point Sophie sat up on her knees, clenched her little fists in front of her, arched her back and smiled the hugest smile, she was so happy.


After cake with pink frosting …


… Sophie watched Grandpa play some cornhole.


Here’s Amanda’s sister, Autumn, taking her turn at the pinata.

Sophie slept well on the way home.

“Very early, I knew that the only object in life was to grow.” —Margaret Fuller