A Double Birthday

 2 days after we returned from being in colorado for a month or so, we got on an airplane and flew to 
reno, nv where much of my dad’s side of the family calls home.  it really was like a big family reunion, but we were truly gathering to celebrate my grandmother’s 90th birthday.  

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 it was such a great time!  a chance to see family members we hadn’t seen for 15 some years.
and time to
 reminisce and celebrate grandma’s life and all that she means to us.  

{sweet cousin lauren & little M}

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{grandma on center stage as we prepare to sing “happy birthday” to her}

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{my brother peter with sweet auntie sharon}

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{the 3 peters… peter verhey, peter douglas taylor and peter benjamin taylor. all first cousins}

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{little M and 2nd cousin hudson enjoying some freedom on the treadmill… or should i say, 
the dad’s had resigned and were just happy that they could entertain themselves quietly for a few moments} 

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{all 5 of grandma’s children; my dad in the middle}

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{never a dull moment when these guys get together!}

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{grandma with her children}

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{grandma, her 5 children & their spouses… a very rare picture moment indeed, as there’s no telling
when we’ll all be together like this again!} 

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{and grandma with some of her grandchildren…some how my Mr. and i missed the memo
that we were taking family pics, so we were absent :-( }

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{and my beautiful sis janelle with grandma}

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and of course… we can’t call it a “double” birthday, without another celebration!  just a few days
after grandma’s big day, we celebrated little M’s 2nd birthday!!  

since we weren’t at home, but instead in the mountains and near a lake… we decided to make the most of it!

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and of course, it wouldn’t be a birthday without some sort of cake! so, we decided a cupcake
for little M would be so fun. 

initially, we were going to buy a few cupcakes while in reno before heading to lake tahoe, but then
figured there were plenty of tourist-y like shops by the lake… surely some place sold cupcakes.

but, for some reason we couldn’t find any bakeries that sold cupcakes. and the ones that did, were closed! who knew?!  

so we searched… and searched… and drove… and drove… and after several phone calls,
3 or 4 stops and a drive almost all the way around the lake {50 + miles}
we finally found the perfect little bakery.

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and we let little M pick his favorite one out… chocolate with chocolate sprinkles and a gummy worm on top. :-)  
and of course, they all looked so yummy, we each decided to pick one out too {my Mr., myself and auntie janelle} 

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it was actually the perfect place for a toddler to eat a cupcake… on the beach, in his swimming suit, and
an endless supply of water nearby. :-) 

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and his preferred way to eat a cupcake… hands-free. don’t ask me why. he just would not
get his hands dirty.

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{face first method works better… you should try it, makes it so much more memorable}

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{eventually, i had to hold his little “plate” for him so that he could actually take a bite}

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{that’s the best smile we could get out of him… i don’t know, maybe it was too much sugar}

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but… he absolutely loved the water!  even if it was freeezzzzing! no joke. i wouldn’t even get in
past my ankles.  but not this kid.  he was bravin’ it.

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all in all, i think little M would say he had a great time… what toddler 2 year old could ask 
for more, really?  a day on the beach, in the sun, the sand, the crazy cold water, and a
chocolate cupcake.
happy 2nd birthday my sweet little M boy!  

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