My sister & those twins we’re all excited about…

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so first off, I know I really slacked-off on this little blog in May, but you guys, time is flying by!

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^^And by flying by, I mean enjoying a cocktail (or two) while I wait for my flight. 😉 ^^

Have no fear, I’ve had a few fun-filled, busy trips that I can’t wait to tell you about – starting with my sister’s TWO babies and her TWO baby showers over Memorial Day weekend.

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^^My brother-in-law’s a highway patrolman so the twins have their uniforms all ready to go!^^

You may remember last time I made the trek to Missouri to visit my family we had the opportunity to toast to my sister Shannon and her pregnancy (she’s documenting it all here), but over Memorial Day we really got the chance to shower her and those babies with love.

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Can you tell we were all a little excited about feeling them kick?

So much so, it might’ve looked like a Pinterest board exploded in my parent’s kitchen. Sadly, I’m still wishing I could take all the credit for the crafty-ness, but Shannon’s good friend from college came over and worked her DIY magic.

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^^And that all was just from the first shower of the weekend!^^

But perhaps the most exciting part of each shower was the gender(s) reveal for all the guests.

Somehow (I sure couldn’t do it), Shannon managed to keep them a secret from almost everyone – immediate family not included – for several months. Thankfully, I didn’t have to wait that long. Whew.

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^^In fact, my creative cousin over at Chasing Davies, came up with a cute way to reveal the gender(s) at the shower she graciously gave for Shannon.^^

So without further ado, the two newest members of the family will be…


^^A niece and nephew. I couldn’t be more excited!^^

In fact, by the end of the weekend I think all that excitement had gotten the best of us. 🙂

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Because a short 48-hours later it was back to D.C. for a little cuddle time with one of my favorites…

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before Jeff and I headed-off to Las Vegas! But, more on that later this week.

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Joining in a Korean Dol celebration…

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what’s that you ask? Well, sweet little Addie (who’s been featured on this little blog a few times) had her first birthday over the weekend (still in shock she’s already one!), and because her mom Grace is Korean, they held a Dol or Doljanchi celebration. It was my first Dol celebration, so I loved taking it all in.

Of course, there were some other traditions in there you may recognize, because after all, it’s important she have a cake all to herself. 🙂 You only turn one once!

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^^It’s photos like this one that remind me why I just love taking pictures. That expression is just the best.^^

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^^Addie is wearing a traditional Hanbok, which was sent to her from a relative in Korea.^^

Let me tell you, Grace (who recently started a blog of her own) did such a fabulous job making Addie’s birthday special. As I’ve learned via Grace (and the internet), Dol celebrations came about because the infant mortality rate in Korea used to be very high, and as a result if the child made it to their first birthday it was considered a huge milestone for the baby and their family. The Dol celebration serves as a way to bless the child with a prosperous future.

This party was a DIY’ers dream (lord knows, I’ve been slacking in that department lately), because of course the super-talented Grace (who made all our decorations the night of our engagement) made all the traditional Korean decor with a little added touch of Addie’s sweet personality.

Here’s a look at some Dol traditions Grace incorporated into the party (I’ll try my best to make sure I accurately explain them, but don’t worry I’ve consulted Grace too!):

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Addie First Bday 7^^As part of tradition, a child is presented with objects – the number and type of objects vary – in this instance Addie had a stethoscope, yarn, baseball, money, microphone and paint brushes. It’s said that what object the child chooses will predict their path in life. Everyone had a chance to vote on which object they thought she would choose, and one winner from the correct bucket got a prize. In Addie’s case, it was all about the paint brushes (had it been me, I might have gone for the money 🙂 ). Looks like there might be a future artist in their family!^^

Addie First Bday 14^^On Addie’s birthday table, Grace made Dol Towers, which from left to right have on them, “chook dol” which means first birthday, a snake because she was born in the year of the snake, and Addie’s name in Korean. Talk about DIY!^^

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^^This was not homemade, but still very cool. A multi-colored Korean rice cake which read “Happy First Dol” in Korean.^^

Oh and despite all of those traditions, which I love that we got to witness, there was just all-around cuteness from the birthday girl.

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^^Contrary to most of the photos, she wasn’t overly enthused about the cake. I’m guessing that will change in a few years. 🙂 ^^

What a fun celebration for such a cute gal. Thanks Ben and Grace for letting us share in these traditions!

P.S. I’ve already enlisted Grace’s crafty-ness for our little wedding later this year, she just doesn’t know how much work is in store for her when she arrives in Missouri. 😉

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My heart might be melting…

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and I’m only exaggerating a little. I mean aren’t my ‘little’ Cosmo, and our friends daughter Addie just the sweetest?

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Every time she’s over Cosmo just follows her around thinking (or at least I’m guessing he’s thinking) he’s going to have to jump in and save her at a moments notice. You never know.

Well this time, Addie was just big enough (she’s growing so fast!) that she wasn’t even slightly afraid to pet or love on him. I couldn’t get enough.

I think he’s just smitten by this tiny, cute little human. But then again, how could you not be with a little smile like that one…

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Brb. Going to mop up my melted heart. 🙂

P.S. I also snapped a few family photos of Ben, Grace & Addie for their upcoming Christmas card and as a result I got this little gem out of the mini-shoot. Got to love babies.

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