February and Birthdays

Yesterday our family gathered to celebrate three important birthdays. This week TJ is turning 2 and J3 turns 4, and (aunt/grandma) Judy turned 60 yesterday! It was a busy, loud, fun, hilarious, joyful afternoon.selah_candace_rose_birthday_1 We wanted a {nice} picture of the two birthday boys together, but either one or the other was picking his nose. Finally in exasperation, Katie said, “Fine. You both pick your nose!” To which both boys obliged (not pictured)…

Instead of a party for Judy, we all brought her flowers or a plant. By the time everyone’s plants had arrived, the kitchen smelled like a warm summer day out in the sun!selah_candace_rose_birthday_2There were plenty of gifts for the two boys, a tasty cake, and lots of fun games! J4 slept through much of the party, sleeping through all his snuggles! selah_candace_rose_birthday_3 selah_candace_rose_birthday_eat_1 J3 nicely shared his pop with TJ, and J2 was a hoot as he made faces and started building a car with grapes for wheels and pretzels for everything else.selah_candace_rose_birthday_eat_2 When it was cake time, TJ enjoyed his cake fully and J3 went after J2’s ice cream. He LOVES his ice cream!!selah_candace_rose_birthday_eat_3 There were so many fun games for the kids (and adults) to play. The party theme was Paw Patrol, and each game was paired with one of the characters.selah_candace_rose_birthday_games_1 selah_candace_rose_birthday_games_2 TJ was super enthusiastic and cheered for everyone who completed moving the cotton ball rocks from one end of the room to the other. Everyone there couldn’t help but cheer along!selah_candace_rose_birthday_games_3 In between playing games and eating, gifts were opened (J3, “YOU bought this. For ME?! It is for me?!) and played with by all.selah_candace_rose_birthday_gifts_1 selah_candace_rose_birthday_gifts_2 selah_candace_rose_birthday_love_1 And, as with every family gathering, not only is there tons of food and laughter, but tons of love. And baby snuggles. And cousin hugs while watching videos. And coordinating outfits.selah_candace_rose_birthday_love_2Happy valentine’s day!

{Springbrook} Sunny Sunday

I love seeing little love notes from God.

Leaves in the shape of hearts.

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Golden light and my favorite bench.

Waving fields of gold.

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Tunnels of green leading to light.

Peek-a-boo with deer in the forest.

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Yellow trees clapping in the breeze.

Sunbeams lighting up fall flowers.

selah_candace_rose_Springbrook_Splendor_4 Shadow art and water.

Wide open fields of autumn.selah_candace_rose_Springbrook_Splendor_5

{Road Trip} Kandiyohi

This trip could also be titled Tour of Kandiyohi Parks…

It was early on that fateful Friday afternoon in July. April and I loaded up her car and set out on an adventure. Our only plan: to have fun. Our destination: Kandiyohi, MN, home of the Miron clan.selah_candace_rose_Kandiyohi_parks We arrived at Miron’s doorstep two hours later to spend July 4th weekend with Heather, Cole, and Ada. Mark was in the Cities working.
selah_candace_rose_Kandiyohi_ADA2 We filled our time with visiting parks (6), good food, eating fresh picked strawberries (over cake), chasing down firework shows (we saw 10), late night girl talks, and much laughter. selah_candace_rose_Kandiyohi_ADA3 selah_candace_rose_Kandiyohi_ADA1 selah_candace_rose_Kandiyohi_COLE Also on the agenda was hoping the sky would clear so we could see Nature’s Light Show, the aurora borealis.selah_candace_rose_Kandiyohi_treeWe may not have seen those elusive lights, but as we chased the sun home early Sunday morning, April and I agreed:

The trip was a success.

Surprise

Last year when this tree blossomed in our back yard, the blossoms lasted less than a week and the leaves withered up soon after.

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This year we didn’t expect anything. One day the leaves started poking out. The next week buds had formed and soon after we had blossoms all over.

What rejoicing!

cherry_blossom_blue_sky_candace_rose The storms and wind brought down the blossoms quickly this year, but the leaves are still there!cherry_blossom_candace_rose

Happy Fourth of July! I pray you have a blessed and safe celebrations.