Once upon a time, nine years ago to be exact, a little baby girl entered this world. She was tiny, beautiful and perfect in every way and we loved her so. She had a crazy, wild tuft of red hair atop her head which was a sign of a most unique personality just waiting to blossom... and blossom it did!

The years went by and when her ninth birthday approached she wanted to celebrate, with all her closest friends and family members, in a place where she could climb to great heights and face her wildest fears.



During this joyous occasion, our ginger-headed princess learned a few valuable lessons. In life sometimes you have to listen to your elders and follow directions...


... and if you play by the rules you’ll be safe and have fun.


If you’re afraid to just go for it, sometimes it helps to start small...


... and if at first you don't succeed, it’s no big deal.


You just get back up, dust yourself off and try again.


Then when you’re ready for the real thing, you’ll have the confidence to push yourself.


And if you start to doubt yourself and look back, you’ll always see us cheering you on. Because we believe in you!


And guess what? Just when you think you’ve reached the top of the summit, there’s an even higher mountain waiting just ‘round the corner.


But you’ll soon figure out that after you conquer your first real mountain, each one after that will get easier and easier.


If I had one wish for you, it would be that every one of your wildest wishes will come true.


And of course, that you can have your cake and eat it too!


Happy Birthday, my sweet Sophie!!!

Love, Mama & Daddy

P.S. I don’t follow you around with my camera to purposely annoy the crap out of you. I just want to record every waking moment of your existence... is that so wrong?



  1. Awe, I hope she loved her birthday! Looks like tons of fun!

  2. What a beautiful and confident girl you are growing up Patty, I hope your day with her is blessed!

  3. WOW! She is so beautiful. And looks like that party was a blast for everyone. Your post was so heartfelt and sweet... way to go, mama! You did good. :)


  4. Thank you all for the wonderful comments. We all had a great time. :)


  5. She's a beautiful little girl and I don't think mama's proud at all. *wink*

    What a fun party. Coincidentally, my other sister (not the one that works at Disney World) works there. You can't miss her - she's a walking zipper with shockingly red (and I mean true red - dyed of course) spiky hair. She looks kind of punk but she's really more artsy - she's a glass blower.

  6. HAHA, Dusty! What a small world! Nope, I don't think we saw her there that day. I think I would've remembered that! ;)

  7. Anonymous5:29 PM

    Sophie rocks! (get it, haha) She has really blossomed into a great young lady! She is one of the sweetest, kindest,and smartest 9 year olds I know! You and Jon are really doing a great job at raising two great girls! Wish I could have been there. I hope to see you all soon!

  8. Anonymous5:30 PM

    Oppps! that "Anonymous" comment was from Alicia!

  9. Awww... thank you, Alicia! Wish you could've been there too. :)

  10. That was awesome! I was getting a little teary but the end just cracked me up! Looks like a great 9th birthday celebration. Hope Sophie's last year in single digits is a blast.

  11. Anonymous3:58 PM

    Geeez ... another year ... she is so big (and Pretty) I bet you are awfully proud of her (and her little sister)

    Best wishes


  12. Tears in my eyes!!! Both of your girls are just beautiful.


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