Thursday, June 27, 2013

Baby's First Birthday



We celebrated our baby girl's first birthday this past Sunday. I can't believe she's one already. Walking... RUNNING... all over the place now. Gone are the baby days... we are very much into toddlerhood. She walks, talks ("mama", "dada", "bubba", "baby", "uh-oh", "Ow!", "bye-bye", "yay", and she can tell you what a monkey says when you ask), sits nicely in a big girl booster seat without restraint at the dinner table, gives hugs and kisses upon request, eats anything and everything, and loves water whether it's playing in the bathtub or swimming in the lake.  I'm loving these fun days... but I'm missing my little girl being a tiny baby.

We celebrated her birthday at our house with brunch for family. I didn't take any pictures of any of the food spread but it all turned out great and was a big hit. I made a coffee cake for the adults instead of a traditional birthday cake but then I also make a small birthday cake for baby to "smash." I sliced up strawberries and apples and then made the most awesome dip. I baked some crescent rolls, Jason cooked up some sausage links, and last but not least I made some ham and cheese enchiladas with an egg sauce. It was a recipe I found on Pinterest. I'd never made it before so I didn't know if it'd flop or not but it turned out delicious. Everyone loved it and even leftovers were yummy later. I'll post the recipe for those later. Had cold orange juice, milk, and coffee for everyone to drink. Couldn't have asked for a better birthday for our sweet girl.




Giving biggest sister some love


Instead of sending out thank you cards to everyone who came to help us celebrate, I had these picture cards printed up and everyone got to take one home with them...


I know she's not looking at the camera, but it's all part of her awesome personality. That face she's making is hilarious and she does it all the time, the nose crinkle. Ha!

Happy first birthday, baby love. We all love you soooooo much. You were the PERFECT little addition to our family. :)

Friday, June 21, 2013

What I've Been Up To (In Pictures with Captions)

End of School
(I'm our school's Box Tops Coordinator which means I personally counted all of these and bagged them by 50's. This translates into $1,243.20!)

(end of year "Thank You"s for the kid's teachers. I hand lettered the cards)


Hand Lettering





Gardening

(My first little green tomato. Also planted: green beans, corn, sweet potatoes, yellow & green squash, red green yellow & orange bell peppers, eggplant, spaghetti squash, strawberries, and watermelon. Also planted carrots and a cabbage but they didn't make it.)


Traveling
(who can tell me where I went?)


Baseball & Softball Mom
 (baby girl wearing brother's baseball hat, getting ready to watch sissy's softball game)

Gymnastics Mom
 (handstand champion)

Spending Time On The Lake

Photography
(so pretty!)

(... and then she trashed the dress! Ha!)

and last but not least...

Getting Ready For Baby Girl's 1st Birthday!!!!!

WHEW!
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