Our Little Ballerina Performed Four Times Last Weekend [Videos]

Autumn participated in her second season of The Nutcracker this past weekend. She was a Bon Bon and had the best time performing three times last week. She has been working on this performance since early October at her dance school. For kids her age, the Bon Bons are the only option for her in the Nutcracker. As she gets older she can move on to other roles in the show. 

Video: Autumn will pop out from under the dress. She is the 2nd from left side of the screen in a green skirt. 

She loves both her ballet and tap dance. She has now been dancing for almost 4 years, since age 3, at Alderwood Dance Spectrum. She also loves singing so I can see her owning the stage more often as she gets older. 

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It’s a Flower Party

Happy Birthday Autumn

Flowers, flowers, and more flowers brought in the start of Autumn’s third year of life. We celebrated Autumn’s birthday with plenty of laughs, fun, family, and friends. It was a very simple but perfect occasion for Autumn.

From her strawberry cake breakfast to her favorite Caspar Babypants songs, we aimed to make it her day. She did very well and as soon as everyone left around mid afternoon, she dozed off for 2.5 hours. After naps, we went outside and planted some flowers in the rain.  It is such a joy to see your daughter jump into each little activity and enjoy it how in the planning stages you imagined it all. Today marked the first day of another great year for Autumn.

Here are the many ways we themed Autumn’s party with flowers:

  • Flower Invitations: Laura created flower invitations. Each pedal was rotated open to make a flower.
  • Gifts of flowers: We encouraged our family and friends to give gifts of flowers. Autumn enjoys being outside in the garden planting with Mom. Our friends Jill and Rob did this for their daughter’s party and we thought it was a great idea.
Some flowers received at Autumn's party.
Planting flowers


  • Paper mache Flowers: 20+ paper mache flowers of all different colors decorated our house. My mom and Laura spent a bit of time to create these beautiful flowers. They were great to give to guests as they left. Also, they now add a colorful touch to the kid’s room.
Paper mache flowers


  • Painting Flower Pots: A flower party with planting flowers wouldn’t make sense. Each child received a small flower pot to paint. Once the quick dry paint was dry, flowers were potted for each child to take home.
Autumn with her cousin Kaitlyn
Painting flower pots
Planting flowers


  • Pin the bumblebee or ladybug on the flower: Based on the game pin the tail on the donkey, we made a large flower for children to stick bumblebees and ladybugs on. The kid’s loved it.
Autumn pins the bumblebee
Ethan pins the bumblebee
Eli pins the ladybug on his nose.


  • Musical Flowers: Similar to music chairs, but instead we printed off a bunch of flower pictures and laid them on the ground to create a circle. The kids would run, dance, jump around the circle as the music played. When it stopped, the kids quickly got on a flower. We never removed the flowers (like you may do in musical chairs). The children just loved the anticipation of the music stopping.
Musical flowers
Musical flowers


  • Dirt Cake: My wife hit the spot with this cake. This melts in your mouth. It’s awesome. Crumbled Oreo and sweet filling presented in a flower pot with gummy worms. Perfect! The recipe is found here.
Autumn blowing out candles
Dirt cake
Seriously delicious Dirt Cake


  • Strawberry Flower Cake: Breakfast cake is what this was all about. Autumn was so excited for cake that she insisted on eating this cake for her birthday breakfast. Sure, why not! It was strawberry jello/cake with whip cream and fresh strawberries on top. The recipe is here.
Flower cake with strawberries
Autumn helps making the cake
Cake for her birthday breakfast


Here are other photos from Autumn’s great day.

Happy birthday Autumn
Ethan and Autumn
Three generations
Three generations
Autumn and her Aunt Marylynn






Happy 2nd Birthday Autumn!

Autumn turns 2 years old.

Our little fireball turns 2 years old today (March 18, 2012). We love you Autumn and are excited to celebrate this wonderful day with you!

From the onset of the pregnancy through the present, Autumn exhibits a tendency to pave her own path through life. She enters a room, a pool, a slide, a ladder, just about anything with confidence and no fear. She looks for a challenge to overcome because, well, her brother does it. She loves Ethan very much and learns so much from him. There is no rivalry with these two, just constant support to be good at what you do.

She knows what she wants and works towards getting it. Sometimes she breaks down and cries and other times she just persists and persists. She does it in very cute way that, truthfully, is so hard to resist.

At the age of 2 Autumn enjoys singing, dancing, taking care of her baby dolls, swinging, swimming (a lot), choosing her own clothes to wear, taking apart her brother’s Lego and Lincoln Log creations, and reading to name a few.

As parents, we work hard to provide her with best so she can develop to be a healthy, happy, inquisitive, passionate, loving, and, just the darndest best little girl we could hope for. So far, so good!

With family and friends we celebrate her life today. We wish our little girl a very happy birthday! We love you!

Her arrival on March 18, 2010 is documented in this post.

Here are some of our favorite images of Autumn over the past two years that capture her wonderful personality.

Happy 2nd Birthday Autumn!
Big Brother!
Christmas time
Giddy little baby
Welcome Autumn!
Autumn took on the table corner and, well.....lost. : (
Hi Dad!
La la la la la la
Autumn at Boardman Lake
Christmas in San Jose
Halloween 2010
Drumming ballerina
Potty training
Go Sounders!
Drive from Grand Teton National Park to Boise, Idaho
"I see you."
Ethan's Birthday: Autumn is all smiles
Enjoying the outdoors in Edmonds, WA.
Enjoying a hike in Mt. Baker National Forest.
One of Autumn's favorite activities.
Smiling in the playhouse.
A beautiful hike in the fall.
Goofy times
Waiting, waiting, waiting for breakfast.
Go Autumn Go
Santa Claus is not such a hit with Autumn.
My two favorite ladies!
Two kids in the tub.