Sunday, November 02, 2008

2 Years Ago Today

Hazel Rae Mangum was born.
A beautiful, nearly 9 pounds. Avery, at six months still doesn't have the chub that sweet Hazey came with. She was born ready to roll. Despite her hefty physique (which has since slimmed out) , she's a caring soul with a sensitive side. Her heart seems to break in two when she "gets in trouble". She gives her all to keep up with S and L. It is exhausting to watch. And exhilerating. This one will go far.

Today she's two.
A fabulous age to be these days. Especially as the third child. It is the age of independence, but still well before much is expected from you. It is the golden age of toddler-hood. I enjoy this year of my children's's lives more and more with each birth. Oh, to be two! Baby enough to get coddled and smothered in attention, yet big enough to "sit up", "get dressed", "shoes on", and tell your mom, "these jammies note fit!"

She lets me know

when "Avy's kying", and often asks, "where's Sethie?". She tolerates and in fact enjoys the tackling sessions her brother initiates. She's the brother he never had. They've always gotten along swimmingly. Lucy and Hazel will always have times when they are at odds with each other, but there are, of late, appearing moments of sweetness only found between sisters. It is what I had, and what I am giddy to see in mine.


the cake and the celebration of our Fall Baby.


Ann said...

Happy Birthday Hazel!

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday to Hazel! It's birthday time around here too, so much fun!

Ingrid said...

Happy Birthday Fall Baby! All summer babes over here...

Rebecca said...

Happy Birthday to HAZEL! She is a wonder! I love her so much. Please give TWO BIG kisses from Gramma K!

Kurt Knudsen said...

Happy Hazel b-day! And two hugs from Grampa K.

me, of course! said...

Happy Birthday Hazel! How about a fall soup for a fall baby?

Butternut Squash Soup

2 lbs of butternut squash peeled and seeded
1 green bell pepper
1 onion cut into 12 wedges
6 large cloves of garlic peeled
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp black pepper
1 1/4 tsp oregano
1 tsp ground cumin
1/2 tsp cinnamon
5 cups water
1 can chickpeas
1 can diced tomatoes
1 can corn
1 pinch dried pepper flakes
1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro or 2 tbsp of dried cilantro
8 cubes of chicken base

Heat oven to 425. Cut squash into
1" chunks. Put fresh vegetables and garlic on foiled, sprayed cookie sheet. Arrange so it is in one layer. Roast in oven 35 minutes turning halfway through. Roast until lightly brown and tender. Combine all ingredients and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and let simmer for 15 minutes. This is a very low calorie meal. Serving size is 8 people. This soup can be used in a diet as a body cleanse.

Can't wait to see pictures of the celebration! Maybe next year, you'll be celebrating in that fabulous house of yours ;-)

BRENTandROBIN said...

Happy Birthday Hazel!!! We love you and hope to see you by the new year. Have a good one.

Uncle Brent
Aunt Robin
& Dakota

michelle said...

That first photo it amazing! And I've always loved the one of her in that onesie.

The Original Mangums said...

A beuatiful, special Child of God, how grateful we are for her! Happy Birthday, Hazel. Love you, Nana & Papa