Celebrating Marissa, Nine Years

We’ve been counting down the days for weeks now and it all is leading up to tomorrow, the day my baby turns 9. It’s her last single digit birthday and the first year to officially be a “tween”. I’m not so sure how I feel about all of this, but I don’t really seem to have much of a choice in the matter.

Today I want to introduce you to sentimental & mushy slideshow Beth. She’s the one that pulls out the external hard drive and spends nearly a whole day looking through old photos of her first-born child, because she didn’t have a blog back then to document all of the milestones. She also noticed that somewhere in the middle years she stopped taking as many pictures and over the last couple of years has really upped her photog skills.

So grab your coffee and get your scrolling finger ready. Today we are looking back on 9 years of Marissa Renae. 

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Marissa Renae, Eight is Great

Last Friday Marissa turned eight years old and boy oh boy did we celebrate!
We didn’t have a fancy party with lots of guests, but we did spend parts of our day with all of our favorite people. We also did every thing the birthday girl requested and we definitely ate WAY too much ice cream.

This was birthday #8…

Here she is 8 years old. Your first official photo of each age has to include fingers as long as you have enough :). I’m pretty sure that’s a rule.

She requested donuts for her birthday breakfast so we hit up our favorite donut shop.

Next she wanted to do some treasure hunting AKA Geo-caching. I think we found about 2 caches before we felt like melting. So we gave up and headed to my parents house for a birthday visit. I failed to take any photos, but I can show you a picture of her with her present. Just imagine this and lots of loud screams.

Marissa found that big Lego set right after Christmas in the clearance aisle and hasn’t stopped talking about it since. Good thing Meme and Papa are planners who bought it right away and stashed it for her birthday. She was SO happy and put together those 1000+ pieces in no time.

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We ate a quick-lunch and headed for the pool where we met up with our friends Jonathan and David for a birthday swim. With a real feel of 115 degrees we happily kept cool in the water. It was HOT! Russ was also able to take of work early and join us for the fun.

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The birthday girls seemed a tad bit embarrassed when we sang to her, but happily chowed down on ice cream sandwiches. We played at the pool longer than normal and packed up to head home around 4:00.

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Once we were home Emily and I managed to wrap up a few presents while sister was distracted building her Lego mall.

For her birthday dinner she requested beef hot dogs and homemade mac & cheese which oddly was the same thing she requested for her 5th birthday. I am pretty shocked by the simplicity of her request but there was no way in the world I, the one who cooks, was going to complain.

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Later that night we were ready to party again.

This may be one of the last times we get to hang out with this family for a while since they are moving to CO in just a few weeks. We are so sad that our good friends (aka our family photo photographer) will be gone. We sure are going to miss them.

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We made ice cream sundaes and sang to the birthday girl who was once again wearing a bathing suit.
You have to love (or be jealous of) those summer babies.

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After we ate it was time to open presents. Presents were a soccer ball, more Legos and a bike from grandma & papa. We put the bike in her room, I hid in there with a camera and when Russ asked her to take a bag to her room this happened. 

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At first she just stood there completely speechless for at least 15 seconds, then she screamed and then she danced. She REALLY wanted a new bike but didn’t think she was going to get one. 

Best birthday surprise ever!

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With a belly full of ice cream and one of the busiest, longest day we have had all summer we tucked our eight year old girl into bed and sent her off to dream of Legos, bikes, donuts and whatever else 8-year-old girls dream of.

We are so thankful that she is ours and for the amazing 8 years we’ve had with her. 

We love you so much Marissa. 

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Happy 5th Birthday Emily, Tuesday Talk V8

On Sunday my baby girl turned 5…
* F * I * V * E *

Even just saying she is five makes her feel so much older.
*said while weeping and eating an entire carton of ice cream* 

While looking back through the archives recently, I realized I haven’t shared many baby photos of my sweet Emily Elizabeth. So today I wanted to change that and look back on five years of our baby girl.

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One Year Old


Two Years Old


 3 Years Old


 4 Years Old

 And this is what 5 looks like. 



Emily you are such a joy to our lives.

Your free spirit, infectious laughter and silliness always keep us smiling. You have grown up so much over the past year and I am so excited to watch you continue to grow into a beautiful young lady.

I am so happy that God chose me to be your mama.

Happy Birthday Emily Elizabeth Newman!

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Happy Birthday Russ #36!

January 27th, the day we celebrate our favorite guy.

Happy Birthday Russ!

I swear it seems like just last week that I wrote THIS birthday post and snapped this photo as we celebrated #35 with his yearly birthday dinner of homemade lasagna and cheesecake. 

And now here we are a whole entire year later. 

When I think back on a year I am filled with smiles and happy memories. 

For 9 years I have been celebrating this guys birthday. It all started with his 27th birthday. It was the year he dreaded, the one that left him feeling doomed to certain death. I am NOT exaggerating friends. I have never seen anyone get so worked up over a birthday like this guy did when he turned 27?!?! 

…and yet I still married him ;). 

Now here we are at #36. So much has happened over 9 years of life. 

Marriage, kids, homes, jobs, cars, celebration, loss and more.

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Comparing these photos and thinking back on our life I know that things have gotten better with age. Every passing year we laugh a little more and my love for this guy grows as we (ever so gracefully) age and mature.

I wouldn’t trade what our life is like now for our 20’s even if I could. 


Russell Todd, I love growing old with you!

So here is to you, many more years together and the memories the next year will bring.

Happy Birthday!


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