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61st Month

Susanna's 61st Month (July '13)

Susanna has turned 5!! Oh my, she is most definitely not a baby anymore. She enjoyed having her first birthday party with friends—a princess party. Everyone came dressed in their favorite princess costume; we had castles to decorate, necklaces and bracelets to make, and games to play. The hit seemed to be the princess treasure hunt. Princesses were hidden around the house, and clues were read to help them find each princess. The final clue lead them to a princess treasure—light-up rings. Instead of one big cake, we had princess tea party treats—a truffle topiary, cream puff, butter tarts, cake pops, cupcakes and punch.

Mommy and the kids took another NY, NJ, and PA trip for the Fourth of July--only one week this time.

 Susanna had a theater camp this month—they prepared and performed several scenes from “Annie”—her friend, Ava, was there too, so she had a good time.


62nd Month

Susanna's 62nd Month (August '13)

Our big trip for the summer came at the end of July/beginning of August. We all drove to NJ (Daddy and Rachael went down on Friday, Mommy, Liam, and Susanna came on Saturday) and visited with friends for a couple days. Rachael got to see Anna, Nicole, and Maya—Anna and Maya came swimming in the hotel pool with us. Then on Monday, we flew from Trenton to New Orleans, rented a car and drove to Grandma Mel and PopPop’s house in Baton Rouge. Mommy and Daddy left on Wednesday to spend a few days on their own in New Orleans before flying back to NJ on Friday. Rachael, Liam, and Susanna stayed and had a great time with Grandma Mel and PopPop—they did a lot of swimming and made some new friends. They got to see the state capitol and a really cool Museum about Louisiana, and, of course, Mike the Tiger. The one thing we will all remember is that it was HOT!! Susanna’s reaction to the heat was particularly funny: “Are you kidding me?! Why does it have to be so hot?” PopPop flew back to NJ with the kids on Monday, where Mommy was waiting for them.

Susanna had a gymnastics camp this month—her first introduction to gymnastics. She seemed to really enjoy it, so she will be taking weekly gymnastics classes beginning this fall.

We went back to the Canadian Aviation Museum for a special Star Wars exhibit. They had all kinds of props, models, and costumes on display that were actually used in the movies, along with stories of how the stories and characters were created. We also each wore a wristband that we could scan at 10 different stations, which allowed us to create our own Star Wars identity.

We also went to the Exporail Canadian Railway Museum. We got to see lots of really neat trains.

And, we found an English movie theater! We saw Despicable Me 2 and Planes in one weekend!

School started two weeks after we got back from the States. Poor Susanna was so nervous and anxious that she practically made herself sick—she didn’t sleep well for days. But, one thing that helped was that her big brother was there to walk her in the building.


63rd Month

Susanna's 63rd Month (September '13)

We all took a trip to NY to watch the first LSU game with Maw Maw and Pots. On the way back, we stopped in Pottersville and went to Natural Stone Bridge and Caves. Got to hike and climb on lots of rocks. The kids even got to do some mining for gems and picked out some geodes that were cut open for us there. Susanna’s ended up being the prettiest one.


64th Month

Susanna's 64th Month (October '13)



65th Month

Susanna's 65th Month (November '13)


66th Month

Susanna's 66th Month (December '13)



67th Month

Susanna's 67th Month (January '14)



68th Month

Susanna's 68th Month (February '14)



69th Month

Susanna's 69th Month (March '14)



70th Month

Susanna's 70th Month (April '14)



71st Month

Susanna's 71st Month (May '14)



72nd Month

Susanna's 72nd Month (June '14)


6th Birthday Cake