Thursday, May 25, 2017

Amelia's First Birthday Party

I wanted to share Amelia's first b-day party fun!  It was a great afternoon with close friends and some family.    

Much like Oliver's first birthday party, I looked at pinterest for a few scrolls and was like,  "Nope.  Not going down that road."  Because there was NO WAY this party was going to look like those parties, so I just went with pink and gold and white and called it a day.

Using drop cloth we already had on a banner stand and old curtain sheers, we made a hallway into her backdrop.   The highchair bunting is tulle tied in knots on string.  

I found an old spring for a crib on the side of the road (we use it for merch sales) and I pinned all my favorite pics from her first year onto it.  I got the balloons filled too soon and they were all deflated by party time.  Argh.  But the most important ONE stayed inflated, so, yay!

She thought the pictures were pretty neat.

That face!

Party favors:  sweet and salty bags.  Pretzels, popcorn with pink chocolate, and pink iced animal crackers.  "Thanks for POPPING by!"  

This lamp is usually red.  Once I had all the pink decor out, it was not pleasing to the eye.  So, I taped fabric on it.  πŸ˜‚  The shadow box now hangs on her wall.  

This picture is usually a canvas of colorful guitars which also wasn't going to work with all the pink.  So, I wrapped it like a present!  (I will do this with Christmas paper this year for the holidays.)

The food!!!  Pink lemonade, pink cups, and pink straws.  Duh. 

Did you know they make pink goldfish?  

Dollar store pink wafers.

I put a tutu around a bowl of strawberries because I CAN.

The cupcakes were from Walmart and were very good (and cheap)!

The bunting was made out of white tape, string, markers and skewers.  So easy!

O was a fan.

I made the bow and tutu and bought the iron on Wild One print from Etsy.

All the lanterns!!!  Oriental Trading is so affordable.  The gold and white ones are now in her room.

Best reaction:

 I mean.  πŸ˜

She didn't know what to do with the cupcake at first, but once I gave her a taste of the icing, she was all in.  A PRO.  

Blake came!

And so did Grammie!  Carrie, too, but she was taking pictures.  

My spirit animal:

Monday, May 8, 2017

Amelia is ONE!!!

My darling baby girl.  I cannot believe you're one!  You're officially a toddler and each day becoming more toddler like, ha!

At your 12 month check up (you're a healthy girl!)
23.95 lbs

From month 11 to 12, you really started interacting and "playing" more!

You started lying on a pillow to play like you're going to sleep, picking up a baby doll (and any stuffed animal), putting it on your shoulder and patting it.  Such a mama thing to do!

You get really angry if we tell you no or take something away.  πŸ˜¬  Oliver is a rough and tumble boy, so naturally you are tough, too.  You can take tumbles, bump your head, or fall down and you get right up, almost as if it didn't happen.  You did have your first bloody lip, though.  I can't remember what happened, and you've had a couple more since then πŸ™ˆ, but you didn't cry long.  

Your favorite books are the ones that have different textures on them and you like to turn pages.  Where Is Baby's Belly Button makes you laugh so hard.  Also, you throw a fit if you don't get to hold a book while I'm reading a book.  Miss Independent.  

If any spare clothing is on the floor, you pick it up and carry it around.  Shoes, too.  And the recycling.  πŸ˜‚  You'll point to things, let out a kind of grunt, and look at us.  We think it's you asking, "what is this?"  

*never gets old*

When you play with toy food, you smack you lips like you're eating it.  So cute!!!  And my word you are a climber.  Please don't climb out of your bed, ok?

If my phone is left in your sight, you pick it up and run the other way and laugh.  STINKER!  

I wasn't as diligent about teaching you sign language as I was with Oliver.  You do know "milk" and kind of sign "all done" and you can point to your cup when you want it.  So, communication is happening!  You also pull on my shirt and sign "please" so you can nurse.  And then nose dive into it.  Related:  when will you wean?? πŸ˜‚  (I'm not in any hurry, sweet girl.)

You love your new swing!  It's nice to have something to strap you in, lol.  Our yard doesn't have a fence on a couple sides, so you always run for the driveway.  

You and Oliver have started taking baths together and you have so much fun splashing!  We just have to keep telling you to not stand up. 😜

My beautiful, spunky, precious, fiery baby girl.  I love you so very, very much!  Your first year was a joy and you taught me so much.  Thank you for being you.  

May the stars always align for you...