Hummingbird Cake + A Birthday Celebration

My sweet Susanna turned 2 years old a couple of weeks ago!  It seemed like yesterday she was born.

We celebrated with her friends at her favorite neighborhood park.  There was a lot of climbing, sliding, swinging, running, and hill rolling.  There were balloons, bubbles, and pinwheels.  Susanna's second cousin and favorite buddy, Evey, came all the way from Nebraska!  And her Aunt Laurel and Uncle Jimbo surprised her by driving back early from Oregon.  What a loved lady

The Only Chocolate Cake Recipe You Need

I have a little confession to make.  Chris and I have never really been into Valentine's Day.  We don't like to go out to restaurants on the busy holidays because you end up paying a lot for less attention from the service staff and what is often an abbreviated menu created for efficiency in the kitchen (I know because I worked the pastry station on Valentine's Day for years.)  We also don't do a whole lot of presents.  We are both minimalists who don't like to accumulate a bunch of stuff.  I realize this probably makes me a party pooper in the eyes of many, but I'm okay with that.  We're perfectly happy with our heartfelt cards and a nice dinner on a night a couple of weeks away from the holiday.

Nola's Birth Announcement

Last week we mailed out a stack of postcards to our family and friends announcing the birth of our second babe.  I found a design I loved on Etsy in this shop and ordered a digital download.

I designed the back myself, keeping it simple with her birth stats and a few extra photos.

If you've never tried ordering a digital download, I cannot overstate what a big fan I am.  I ordered my holiday cards this way (from this talented lady) for the first time last year and it was incredibly easy.  Pick a design, email your photos, receive a digital file via email, then print the cards at home or send the file to a printer.  It couldn't be simpler!  Sure, I dabble in design myself but I can't do it like the professionals do and my time is certainly worth the $15 most designs cost.