Friday, April 17, 2015

Friday Favorites : Happy Birthday, Griffin Joy Edition

Griffin Joy!  Today you are two!  And that is impossible, because it was literally just yesterday that I put you in your very first monogram and bow and then proceeded to bawl my hormonal eyes out over the BEAUTIFUL little girl that God gave me.


You are PERFECTION, Griffin!


Your little button nose, chubby cheeks and sparkly eyes captivated us (and everyone else!) right from the very beginning...



You are a mama's girl through and through...


... and when you say, "Mommy", in your teeny little voice I turn into a puddle.  I can't help it.


You may be a mama's girl, but you have your daddy wrapped around your little finger. ;)


You've got some serious dance skills and I don't think I'll ever be able to change my ringtone (it's "Fancy") because whenever it goes off you drop whatever you're doing and bust a move.



You have an EPIC set of thighs that aren't just cute to look at - but they're the most fun spot ever to tickle.  You think so too.


You can rock a bow like nobodies business.  My heart swells every time you point at your stash and squeal, "bow"!




You LOVE all accessories - necklaces, purses, bows - all of it.  You've never met some sparkle you don't like!



There isn't anything that your brothers do that you won't attempt, which scares the SNOT out of me :)  Jumping on the couch, fearlessly picking up roly polies and inhaling ketchup like it's your job.  It's a serious case of "monkey see, monkey do" at our house all day, every day.  


You are a wild woman at the park!


You love babies and kitties and pushing both of the aforementioned in your stroller.


It's been so sweet for me to see your sweet little maternal side come out through dolls and stuffed animals.  You rock them, feed them and make sure they're tucked into their bed.


You have a handful of words that you use on a regular basis (Mommy, Daddy, NO!, mine, shoes, bow and more), but I feel like you are teetering right on the verge of a full vocabulary.  I have a sneaking suspicion that once you start talking you'll be giving us an earful nonstop.


Despite not having lots of words yet, you babble CONSTANTLY!


You have STRONG opinions about what shoes you want to wear...


... and if I put you in ones you don't like, you'll go to your room, pull them off and put on ones that you do love.


You are FIERCELY independent and insist on doing/attempting pretty much everything on your own.


You screech "LET IT GO" at least once a day and demand to watch Princess Elsa belt it out.  Most TV doesn't hold your attention for too long, but I'm fairly certain you'd watch that movie through twice in a row if we'd let you.


You have THE BEST big brothers. They totally dote on you and love you so very much.  They share with you, include you in their games and always tell you how beautiful you look.  You are one lucky little sister!


You can't leave the house without a menagerie of babies and bags...


... and I'm already terrified of taking you to the pool this summer because if the bathtub is any indication of your fear of the water then I'm going to be on HIGH ALERT all summer long.  You throw yourself under the water, plunging your little face in with your eyes wide open and when I yank you out you're all giggles.  Sigh. 


 I'm not sure there has EVER been a happier little girl.



You RADIATE joy...


... and you're determined to leave everyone you meet with a smile on their face.


You're confident and observant and you like everything "in it's place".  We joke that you inherited that gene from your Gibi :)


Your absolute favorite thing to do is read books...


... and you don't discriminate, any book will do.  As long as you're in a lap with a book, you're happy.


You are special...


... and joyful...


... and so stinkin' precious.  You're a dream come true and I love everything about you (even your sassy parts).


Girlfriend, my prayer for you is that you are always filled with joy and sparkle, because happy girls are the prettiest :)

“I will be a bird
and fly away from you.”

“If you become a bird and fly away from me,”
said his mother, “I will be a tree that you come home to.”

- The Runaway Bunny


   
   

76 comments:

  1. She is absolutely adorable!! Have a great weekend! :)

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  2. How precious!! Happy Birthday to Griffin! I feel like her and my Giada would be good little girlfriends! She loves all things sparkly too!

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  3. Happy birthday to Griffin! She is absolutely gorgeous!

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  4. Happy Birthday to Griffin! Loved seeing all her photos. She is simply precious. Thank you for hosting such a fun link up!

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  5. She is beyond precious! I love seeing her pop up in my insta feed. Know that she is bringing smiles and joy to so many people who have never even met her. Happy Birhday to your baby girl!

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    1. Awwww!!! This is the sweetest!!! Thank you :)

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  6. I have to ask, does she keep those headbands on? What a delightful, happy little girl. These were great!

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    1. she does!!! I have no clue why, but she does! :0 hahaha Thank you!!!

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  7. Happy Birthday precious Griffin! You have been such a perfect addition to your family!

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    1. Right?!?!! God knew SOOOOOOO much better than I did :)

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  8. Happy birthday to our sweet GG. It's been so fun to watch you grow up, sweet girl! You ARE a precious girl!!! Xoxo Presley and Narci

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  9. Happy birthday sweet Griffin!!! It has been such a blessing to watch you thrive and grow these last two years. We love you so much sweet girl! xoxo

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  10. Happy birthday, precious!!

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  11. Happy Birthday, little one! Hope you day is fabulous and your upcoming year is blessed! -Jess
    www.sweetlittleonesblog.com

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  12. Happy Birthday to your little girl! I can see how much joy she has brought to you. My youngest daughter, who is now 18!, has a middle name of "Joy" and she has lived up to that name every day of her life. Your little girl will, too. Have a wonderful day!

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  13. Happy Birthday Griffin!!! I hope she has the best day!!

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  14. What a precious, precious post!! Happy Birthday Griffin!

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  15. Oh sweet Griffin. Happy Birthday... I've enjoyed watching her grow, and feel like I'm right there thanks to blogging.... I know we don't know each other personally. But you are a blessed women. Have a great weekend !!

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    1. Thank you so much, Amanda!!! I definitely feel blessed :)

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  16. Thanks for the tear jerker this Friday morning!! What a sweet sweet girl Griffin is!! Happy 2nd Birthday GG!! :)

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  17. Happy Birthday Griffin! You are a beautiful little girl!

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  18. I'm all sappy and teary eyed now! Happy Birthday Griffin!!!

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  19. Another precious letter Andrea! We get such a kick out of seeing your kids through the blog and IG. Thank you for sharing them so freely and allowing us the joy they bring in a small way. Have a wonderful weekend and Happy Birthday Sweet Griffin Joy!!!!

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    1. Thank you!!! I'm so glad that we can bring a little joy to people's day! :)

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  20. Happy Birthday pretty girl! What a wonderful post!!

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  21. I want a girl! I want a girl! I want a girl! :) Wishing Griffin the happiest of birthdays! Hope you all have an amazing weekend celebrating :)

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    1. You need a girl! You need a girl! You need a gitl!!!
      Thank you!!! :)

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  22. What a beautiful post, Andrea! Griffin is absolutely beautiful and you can tell she is loved fiercely by her family! Thank you for sharing your sweet family with us and I cannot get enough of this sweet little girl! Being a mom of two awesome boys, I am praying that God will bless our family with a sweet baby girl...just need to convince my hubby of this, too ;) So, thank you for letting us have a glimpse into the world of what it's like to have a daughter :)
    Blessings to you guys and have a wonderful birthday weekend full of celebrating God's goodness!

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    1. It's a GREAT world to be a part of!!! Thank you so much for reading and for your kind words! :)

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  23. She is adorable! I just found your site. SO GLAD I DID!
    I am following now :) Can't wait to join in on Friday Favorites.

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  24. Happy Birthday Griffin! It's a special day for you too as her mama :) Enjoy all your birthday celebrations!

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  25. That Birthday post made me tear up the most out of your three....I loved them all! Such sweet kiddos with such different personalities! Happy 2nd Birthday to your baby girl, she's precious in every single way! You were made to have a baby girl!!!

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    1. Thank you so much!!! And yes - God knew WAY better than I did :) So glad I'm not in charge! hahaha

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  26. Oh my gosh, I'm going to be on the same high alert as you this summer. My daughter (19 months) is exactly the same way. We took her in the spa this weekend, and she would literally just jump in the middle of the spa, and expect someone to save her and when you pulled her out she would be all giggles with a mouth full of water...yikes! I feel all the gray hairs coming now.

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    1. Gray hair here we come! At least they'll be well deserved :) hahaha

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  27. Oh squeal! Happy Birthday Miss Griffin! Enjoy your birthday weekend! What a darling! I "found" this blog when she was just under a year - oh my how she has grown and blossomed! God bless!

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    1. Thank you so much, Laurie!!! And yes... it's crazy what a difference a year makes!

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  28. Happy Birthday Griffin! I missed commenting for Mason yesterday, so Happy late Birthday to him too! :)

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  29. Awww... happy birthday to Griffin!!! It's a great day to be born... {it's my birthday today, too!!!} Hope she has an amazing day!!! :)

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  30. Happy Birthday Griffin! Your post brought tears to my eyes. Have the best birthday weekend! :)

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  31. Pretty sure my 2.5 year old is in love with Griffin. He just saw me reading the blog and goes, "THat's Vivi!" (his sister). I said, "No, that's Griffin!" He saw the picture of Griffin as a peacock and goes, "Griffin's a princess," and keeps saying "I need to see more Griffin! Griffin needs to come to our house."

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  32. HBD, Griffin Joy! You are beautiful!

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  33. I loved this post down memory lane- I started following you around when Griffin was born- and I remember all of these pics! The monograms- eeeek!!! Happy birthday to your mini-me, your bff, your baby girl :)

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  34. Happy happy Birthday to sweet sweet, ️ADORABLE Griffin Joy!! I feel like you have grown SO much since we saw you last summer & hope someday we can play again!! (With Vivi too!) You sure radiate Joy-- just like your middle name!!

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    1. EEEK! We would LOVE a Vivi playdate!!! Hurry Back!!!

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