Isabela is two!

Yes, Isabela is two. Her birthday was April 22nd. I realize I never posted a birthday blog post, BUT, I did write one! Here are some pictures and my post below:

an early birthday present from best godmother ever, Auntie Stacy

Isabela was a lucky girl. She had two birthday parties! Here we are at party number one, at Grandma Angie’s house.

Ecstatic over receiving her Jessie doll, from The Toy Story. Another present from Auntie Stacy

At party no. 2, in Illinois at Aunt Tammy’s house. Thank you Tammy for planning such a special, last minute party!

such a cutie, in the dress Grandma Nancy made

Fish cake!

Elmo cake that my sister, Auntie Aurelia, made for her first party. So cute!

oh yeah, and fish cupcakes!

Isabela is two!

I do feel bad, that I never did her “birthday blog.” However, on her birthday this year, the military movers were at our home in Iowa, packing up our belongings, and moving us out!

Yes, we are no longer in Iowa! After four very long years, we are…

Well, we are somewhere in transit, staying at my dad’s house in Homer, Louisiana, til we can move to our new place in Shreveport, La on 2 June.

So….Isabela is two. My sweet tiny tot, my dreambaby, my beli girl, my tiny….is two! Oh how the year flew by!

Looking back…thinking about her first year….phew! What a stressful year! I am happy to say that Isabela’s 2nd year was nowhere near as stressful as her 1st. There were NO food allergies to worry about! NO acid reflux! Wooohooooo! And sometime around 16 months, Isabela finally slept throughout the night!
YEAHHHH! Unfortunately, she has only done so a handful of tmes. So, this mommy, is often tired. Very tired!

But my sweet Isabela,….
WOW, has she grown! She can feed herself. She can sometimes get her shorts or pants on by herself.
She can even put her own shoes on! She talks, just a little, but oh is it ever so sweet to hear!

She loves to dance and is really a good little tiny dancer! No surprise there, though, right! Haha!

All in all, it has been a great year. We have played, painted, danced, walked, and sung our way through another year.
I look forward to another year of discovery, exploring, newness and FUN. Having a daughter is simply amazing. To see that girly-ness come out in such a tiny package makes me giggle (:

Soon, we will be in a new home. One that is waiting to be filled with new memories. And, in that home, there is a little room that’s waiting to be filled with bright colors and tiny tot toys.

And in that room, in that home, I will watch Isabela cuddle and feed her dollies and dance around in her princess heels. I’ll spend many sweet nights reading new stories and snuggling til we both fall asleep. We will create a home that is full of love and assurance, one that teaches love and acceptance for ALL people.
And as crazy as our life can unstable as it has the potential to be…one thing will never remain the same. Rather it will change with the seasons – growing, swelling, refusing to be controlled….. Never the same, always just a little bit more than before….
The drive in my heart and killer of all selfishness….the LIFE and SOUL of our family…

The love Chris and I have for Isabela is one crazy thing….it wants to be described, but refuses to.

It’s the best feeling in the entire world.

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