Sugar and Spice {and everything nice…at least most of the time}

When Kelly and I found out we were pregnant with our second baby I was so used to being a mommy to a little boy…that I just assumed our next baby would be a boy too.

When we were told our little boy was going to be a girl it took me a few days to let that sink in.

Then I started to get really excited.

I started thinking about dolls, Barbies, dress up, tea parties, doing nails and shopping.

As much as I had been loving living in our world of Matchbox cars and Legos….this new world was familiar to me.

Our Maddy has been the most incredible mix of girly girl and tomboy from a very young age.

She is creative and brave.

Tough and opinionated.

Tender and affectionate.

Feisty and transparent.

She doesn’t hold a grudge.

She is constantly in her own world.

She loves her friends deeply.

She still loves to play dolls (which I love so much).

Her brothers annoy her and she would tell you that they are some of her closest friends.

She kisses me about 30 times a day (for real) and tells me how much she loves me all day long.

Today my little girl turns 9!

We will spend the whole day celebrating her just like we do for each of the kids.

She will start her day with a few gifts on the kitchen table and her favorite breakfast.

She has chosen pumpkin pancakes with homemade apple cider syrup and bacon.

No birthday is complete without a little pig:-)

We will hand her the first envelope.

She will open it and it will tell her the first thing we will do.

Everything is a surprise.

After each activity she will get another envelope.

Some things are really small and others are bigger (not too big though).

This continues through the day.

The day is their real gift.  They absolutely love it and the whole family has a ball right along side them.

So I will be missing in action today because I will be celebrating my favorite little girl.

Aren’t you glad we don’t always get what we think we will!

{All photos are from our annual back to school girl’s shopping trip. The other mom is my close friend Amy Jo and her beautiful daughter.  We shopped, saw the Big Bad Voodoo Daddies, stayed in a hotel, swam and just talked and laughed a lot.}

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  1. Connie Brauer

    Jeanne –

    Very cool idea…..surprises in envelopes all day long. You are making a very special girl feel very special. Memories to hold dear. Awesome! I agree with previous poster…….cool mom!

    Connie (aka LOU)

  2. Traci

    happy, happy birthday to your sweet maddy. what and exciting day. i can’t wait to hear what you do. cute pix of all of you. good seeing amy jo!!

  3. mgriffin

    These are wonderful photos of a fun time and beautiful little girl..inside and out. But no photo can capture Maddy’s heart (though she does reflect some of it in her smiles:) What a precious young lady you are Maddy. I love you so much!! Have one terrific birthday today!!

  4. kara

    Happy Birthday to Maddy! You are such a good mom to these darling kids. She really is a beautiful and sweet girl. And she has the coolest bedroom ever!

  5. Lori

    Happy Birthday Maddy!! What a great day and I love the ideas of the envelopes and the favorite breakfast. I will give you lots of notice ~ mine is in April and I want Eggs Benedict! Hope you are having a wonderful day.

  6. Char

    That is a wonderful idea (the envelopes of surprises!). I think I’ll borrow that one for my husbands big 50th this Dec.


  7. amy

    the girls’ concert outfits were adorable. sounds like a really fun concert…and 9th birthday!=)

  8. Rachel

    What stunning portraits you have taken of your daughter (and you both together). I love the shot of just boots and stripey socks!! Happy birthday to your Maddie, from NZ. She is in for a very cool day, I can tell!!

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