Sunday, February 1, 2009

Happy Birthday Holly Bear

Three years ago today we were blessed with a beautiful baby girl, Holly Taaffe Peabody. She was 9 pounds 12 oz and 20.5 inches long. She was a sweet baby who rarely cried and was content most of the time to listen and watch her big brother run circles around the house. We are so thankful for our little Holly bear. She continue to be such a sweet, caring, bright and fun little girl who brings so much joy and happiness to our lives. Below are some pictures scanned into the computer (which explains why they are a little slanted) from Holly's "first" birthday. And yes, that is my real belly.

This year for Holly's birthday we had a princess party. The first thing she said to me when she woke me up was, "Thank you for decorating my house." She was so excited to see streamers and balloons in the kitchen in preparation for her party. She really enjoyed the festivities and we are so grateful to everyone who came to make it a special day for her. I have observed that most children actually do not enjoy their own parties very much when they are little (mine included). I don't know if it is overstimulation or just being overwhelmed at all the noise and people, but I have to say Holly seemed to enjoy every minute and seemed very at ease with all the attention. Here are some pictures from her big princess day:

Ariel and Cinderalla love each other.

We made handprint princess and king t-shirts.

Thanks to artist Aunt Jennifer all the t-shirts turned out beautifully.

Princess Annie

I found this cake online and decided to try it. I'm so glad it didn't fall!

Big three year old blowing out her candles. Happy Birthday Holly! We love you so much.


Carey Heid said...

You did a great job on the cake, it is amazing! I have only attempted cupcakes! I hope you had a joyous day! Happy Birthday Holly!

Nana said...

What a great celebration it was.Princess Holly looked beautiful aka "Cinderella" The cake was amazing Gill and it tasted great.After the party Nana-Bear (as Joe P. affectionately called me and now little Holly-Bear calls me Nana -Bear just like her big brother)took a 3 hour nap those of yuu that know me well know I am not a napper.It was a great nap mainly because I dreampt about Joe P. The dream was pretty funny and Joe P. was laughing hysterically in the dream.The sad part was waking up to realize that he was not here with us.We all missed him yesterday at holly Bears party.His contageous laugh will ring in my ears forever.His love for life will always be an inspiration to me to cherish each day I have here on earth with my precious family and loved ones.Happy Birthday Holly we love you."This is the day the Lord has made let us rejoice and be glad in it"Nana-Bear Grandad and wants to play castles again soon.

Courtney said...

Looks like such a fun party for a little girl! Those T-shirts are so cute, too! Happy Birthday to Holly!

-Courtney S.

Wright Family said...

Happy Birthday to Holly! I am way impressed with your cake and the cute shirts! It was fun playing with y'all in the teeny tiny play area of Chick Fil A:)

Jody (atlanta) said...

LOVE IT LOVE IT LOVE IT!!!! Was thinking of you and her and Allen around Super Bowl.

CONGRATS on 3 years. BTW - You look adorable pregnant...that hair style was the BOMB and you were just all belly!!!! Time dues does fly.

Congrats on finding and making the cake - you know me and my store bought everything with baking/cooking. I truly admire moms who BAKE - way to go. It looks like fabulous creative and very LOVING party. Wish we could have been there. Abigail and Molly both love Princesses!!!!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY HOLLY BEAR!!!! We love you and miss you. Look forward to your next Atlanta visit or us coming there.

I know Joseph was watching the love and festivities from above with a big GRIN like only he has.

LOVE YOU, jody

Randi said...

Happy Birthday Holly! It sure looks like everyone had a blast.
I'm sure Joseph was eating a yummy cupcake in Heaven to celebrate alongside everyone. You make us proud, Holly girl!

Sarah-Jane said...

Happy Birthday Holly!
I am so sad we couldn't be there.
Her cake is AMAZING! I don't think I want to show it to Bella-Claire, b/c she will talk about making one just like it all year long......
I love you sis.
Hope you had a great day!!

Brooke said...

I'm way impressed with your baking! Quite the inspiration!

Kate Etue said...

It was a huge success! Thanks for including us. :) And the cake not only looked great--it was delicious!!

Anonymous said...

Happy birthday Holly! -scott cunningham

Christy said...

That party looks fantastic! I love the picture of your belly. But what I would love even MORE is the photo of your bare belly with your shirt tied up 80's style. That is my favorite pregnancy picture of all time.


suzebab said...

Princess Holly,

Happy 3rd Birthday!! I am so sad that I missed your party.
My mom showed me the pictures of your cake, it was beautiful. I'm glad you had a fun day!!

Anna Babcock

Anonymous said...

Happy Belated Birthday, Holly! I can't believe she is already 3, although I guess that makes perfect sense. The party looks like a blast...esp. that yummy cake (you are so brave, and good at that). Wish we could have been closer to celebrate with you.

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday to Holly!! I am very impressed by the castle cake. Wow!!!! Love, Martha and Karl

Margaret said...

Happy Birthday Holly Bear!
Your mommy is fantastic! I believe Sarah will be having the same party with tshirts and um, cupcakes. Please don't tell her about that cake. Glad you had a great birthday with your friends and family.

Hugs & Kisses, Margaret, Matthew & Sarah

Abbie said...

What a cake!

Glad that Holly had a wonderful birthday celebration! Looks like lots of fun.

Chloe said...

happy belated birthday miss holly. appropriately celebrated on the feast of st. brigid. in ancient celtic mythology st. brigid signifies healing. I hope you are benefitting from her powers. would you believe i am writing looking out at snow covered dublin mountains. the sun is shining and it really is a perfect, crisp, irish winter wonderland here today. love you all. take care. love chloe

Audrey said...

Oh Gillian. The one and only time I met you was when we were both prego, with my now 3 year old "Bear" and your Holly Bear. Wow how time flies. I don't know if Ashley told you but we're prego with #3. Anyway, Gillian. I think about you very often and pray for you. Blessings- Audrey