Pop Pop’s Birthday


Sophie helping Nini ice the cake …


and lick the spoon.


Lighting the candles …


and blowing out the candles! Yes, Sophie’s pant-less. (Mom forgot a change of clothes.)


a birthday kiss



Presents! Sophie initially insisted on getting Pop Pop a snow globe (her gift of choice for everyone) but upon learning that his favorite animal is the giraffe, she picked out a cute beaded one instead.

Happy birthday, Dad! And thank you, for never giving up that role, no matter how old I get. (I’m thinking about today how, even before setting foot in our front door to help us out with the kids, you scraped our snow-covered car, not because we asked but because you simply saw that it needed to be done.)

“He didn’t tell me how to live; he lived, and let me watch him do it.” —Clarence Budington Kelland