a ski lodge birthday party for the boy

on saturday we hosted wilhelm's 3rd birthday party at my parent's farm. it was a ski lodge theme, unfortunately there was no snow, although there was the weekend prior, but the weather was beautiful so it allowed for playing both inside and out. i didn't have the opportunity to take many pictures so i hope to post more of the detail pics at a later date, but here are a few looks at our fun day. thank you to everyone who came and for your kindness in celebrating wilhelm's birthday with him.


a 3rd birthday celebration

Three-years ago on January 12, Alan & I were heading to the hospital in Geneva, IL, nervously awaiting the birth of our first child. At 9:54 pm (CST) Wilhelm Clarke entered into the world, and changed our lives forever.

Three years have come and gone so fast. We've seen him take his first steps, say his first words, and go to his first day of preschool, amongst other things. He is such an energetic, happy little boy, who brightens each day. I can't even begin to imagine what the future holds for him, but i'm excited to see!

happy birthday wilhelm clarke, we love you so dearly!

**wilhelm wanted to make pizzas for his birthday. as you can see he enjoyed his creation!


a first glimpse at baby girl eargle!

you heard right its a girl for the ky eargles. after our ultrasound on thursday we were surprised to find out that we would be welcoming a baby girl into our family this May. i'm not exactly sure why it was such a shock, since neither alan nor i have had any overwhelming feelings of one or the other, but it was. wilhelm also went to the appointment with us. he enjoyed seeing his little sister on the screen and waving to her. of course wilhelm still is convinced that she will be named Sherman (his chosen name) but has now added Pumpkin to the beginning to make it a bit more feminine. sadly i'm not sure if we'll be able to fulfill his wishes for his sister's name. when she gets a bit older she'll be grateful to her parents for that executive decision. here are a couple of glimpses of our little darling girl.i like to call this her first Charlie's Angels pose. way later in life she will see pictures of her momma at a college Halloween party dressed as one of "the angels," making the same pose. hope this isn't a sign of a wild side for her!