I know I haven't changed a bit in the past 6 months...or 6 years, for that matter! (if wishes were dreams...)...but there's certainly a huge difference between a 6-month old and a 12-month old.
Given that, coupled with the girls' birthday falling on January 5th, so close after the holiday season, I decided that we would adopt the "1/2 birthday" celebration into our family.
On July 5, 2009, I made the girls each 1/2 of a birthday cake. The poor lovies couldn't actually enjoy the cake themselves, but I had so much fun dressing them up and making 150 or so pictures.
On July 5 of this year, I again dressed the girls up and took a crazy number of pictures, and they were able to partake in the sugar-fest, too.
This is a tradition we plan to continue every year. It hasn't to date and won't in the future include presents or a party beyond our little foursome, but I hope it will be an opportunity to do something special and fun in the middle of the summer.
And Momma is always looking for an excuse to make - and eat! - some cake. Hey, it keeps me from aging.