Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Twelve Months

We're so excited to celebrate our girl today!  It's been 12 months, 52 weeks and 366 days since you joined our family.  To be honest, it feels like yesterday that I first laid eyes on you and heard your sweet cry.
You have brought us all so much joy!  You wake up smiling and are a joy until your head hits the pillow at the end of the day.  We're all just smitten with you.   
Your first year has been so exciting, fun and exhausting.
  • I'm not sure how much you weigh, I'll update after we see the doctor Friday.
  • Same for height.
  • Size 4 diapers.  You're still going through 5-6 a day.
  • Mostly 12 month clothes.  You got some cute 18m things for your birthday that are a little big but you can still wear them.
  • You're still a fantastic sleeper!  You go down around 6:30 and sleep until 7:00 the next morning.  You put yourself to sleep so easily.  I don't take this for granted at all.  You really are a dream baby.
  • You still take 2 naps most days.  Usually around 10:00 in the morning for about and hour and then again around 2:00.  It's probably time to transition to one nap but I'm not good at it.
(I love this picture of Barrett trying to get you to smile.)
  • You're done nursing.  We lasted longer than I thought we would.  You take 4-5 bottles everyday.  We're trying to transition to whole milk and it's going pretty good as long as its in a bottle.
  • You eat whatever we're eating 3 meals a day.  You love to eat.
  • You started pulling up to stand this week.  You're so proud when you do it.  I think you'll walk earlier than your brother but probably not anytime soon.
  • You got 3 new teeth this month.
  • We got to go see Dr Farr again this month for another sick visit.  Your ears didn't clear up like they were supposed to.  We'll get them rechecked Friday and your checkup.
  • You love to laugh and laugh all the time.  Barrett gets you laughing the hardest. 
  • Your hair is still wild and lightening up.  You're getting better about keeping a bow in it. 
  • You love being outside!  You got a new swing for your birthday and you love it.
  • You also love Ally and try to grab her anytime she's within reach.  She puts up with it because you also share your snacks with her.
  • You love "Donut Friday" at work too! 
I know I've said it a dozen times but you really are such a joy.  I never thought I could love another kid as much as I love your brother but somehow I do.  I love that I get to have a daughter, a friend for life.  I know the day will come when you think I'm not very smart or just trying to ruin your life but I also look forward to the day that you'll call me and say "I really want these pretty cupcakes but I don't want to pay for them" and I'll be able to say "I think I can make them".  I'll probably have to go buy them because chances are I won't be able to actually make them but I know you won't care. 

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

AveryAnn's Garden Party

I'm not sure how many is "too many" pictures for one post, but I'm pretty sure this post exceeds it.
For a long time I wasn't sure what theme I wanted to do for AveryAnn's first birthday.  Barrett's was pretty easy because of the time of year but hers was another story.  I was pretty sure I wanted to have it at our house and I wanted it to be super girly.  I started looking on pinterest and settled on the "Garden Party" theme. 
The first order of business was the invitation.  I usually buy a design off etsy but this year I've started designing my own.  I loved how pretty and girly this one turned out.  It's a fun little outlet. 
As I was browsing pinterest I found lots of pictures of topiaries that I loved.  I showed some pictures to my mom and she brought them to life.  Fun fact she made all the wreaths for the church doors for my wedding and she still had them so she used the flowers for the topiaries. So the wreath on the front door was from our wedding too.  I'm a sucker for anything sentimental.

Another thing I knew I wanted was a big "stats" board.  I made one for Barrett's party and it is still hanging in our playroom so I wanted her to have one to match.  I made his out of vinyl but I really wanted to use the graphics from her invitation so I made this one and had it printed at our local UPS store.  It's big, like 24"x36" and I love it.

I just did finger foods since the party was in the middle on the afternoon.  We had fruit salad, dip, pasta salad, pimento cheese, chicken salad, chips, dip and sausage balls.  I also had goldfish and cheese curls for the kids.  My original plan was to set up a little table outside by the swingset for the kids food but it drizzled rain on and off all morning so I didn't know how much time we'd really get to be outside.
I had sweet tea, lemonade punch and water to drink. (Side note I am over our red kitchen.  I loved it when we moved in 9 years ago but I'm ready for a change.  We're trying to hold off and do a whole kitchen remodel and paint at the same time, but I don't know how much longer I can wait.)

I made a banner with her monthly pictures.  The banner is the same shape as Barrett's monthly banner (which I still have too) but I added some flowers and it turned out so cute.

I bought some fresh flowers from Publix to make a few centerpieces.  They turned out so cute.  I love having fresh flowers around the house.

We moved our deck furniture out into the yard for seating close to where the kids were playing. We also borrowed a few tables for extra seating outside. Those two topiaries were borrowed from my parents (along with a bunch of other stuff).

The rain finally cleared up and we were able to be outside.  I was so excited because this was the only set up I could imagine for her to have her cake.  My mom made that topiary too and my dad got the paper flower banner to hang in the bush.  It was perfect.
OK.  These cupcakes were a total labor of love by my mom and sister in law.  I'd shown my mom a picture of some cupcakes I loved from a bakery but I'm cheap and I couldn't pull the trigger on ordering them.  My mom looked at them and she thought she could make them.  My sister in law is super crafty so she agreed to help.  My mom ordered some special tips and they didn't arrive until Friday, the day before the party. Talk about pressure.  I ordered the cupcakes from Publix and dropped them off to be decorated.  At that point I didn't even care what they looked like.
I was blown away!!!  I think they even impressed themselves!  They were beautiful and they made the party.

I should have let them decorate the smash cake too because it was not what I ordered.  I didn't complain but I probably should have.  I wanted a white cake with dark pink and light pink roses.
She didn't go crazy like I thought she would.

She was too busy watching all the other kids playing!

Love this one of her smiling.

"Are you not going to take this away from me?"

Barrett had the best day.  He woke up Saturday morning ready to party.  He was so excited when his friends got there.  He played and played and played all day and was sad when everyone left. 

"Here Madelyn, you want a bite?"

After cake, before bath.

I think Barrett ate the icing off of about 6 cupcakes.  He took this one to his little bar on the playhouse part of his swing set.

I love this picture of Hudson.  They all had the best time!

AveryAnn got a swing for her birthday and she loves it.  (It doesn't really look like it in this picture but I promise she does)

My sister took this playing with my camera while we were cleaning up.
I never could have pulled off this party without everyone's help.  It was perfect.  I loved having everyone at our house and a yard full of kids.  I wish every Saturday could be that perfect.  We were so sad because nearly all of Patrick's family was sick and couldn't make it.  We missed them so much!   I can't believe our girl is a whole year old.  This year has flown by. 

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Cousin Funday Sunday

My mom has a big family and I loved growing up with a ton of cousins.  There was always someone to play with.  My MeMe passed away several years ago but we're all still pretty close.  We get together a few times a year and always say we should do it more.  So this year we planned a "Cousin Party".  We invited all the in town cousins (and their kids) to come just hang out. 
We had the best time.  We played corn hole while the kids threw the football.  We just laughed and reminisced.

Sweet Hudson picked flowers for his Mama.

Adam and John playing corn hole.

One of the last group pictures we made was on these steps.  We knew we wanted to take a group picture and we decided this was the perfect spot.  I'm terrible at the self timer.  We laughed and laughed at this picture.

Jennifer tried to take one.  She was way more graceful than me.  The babies were over it but I can't help but smile when I look at this.  
Half of the 12 total cousins.

The youngsters were making Adam laugh.

The first cousins, once removed.
I loved this day so much.  I just know my MeMe would be so proud of all of us.  Hopefully we can do it again this summer!

Thursday, February 9, 2017


In an attempt to post more I'm going to add a little life update.  I feel like we're busy all the time but we're never really doing anything.  I guess that's life with small kids.

We are LOVING our swingset and back yard!! Santa knew what he was doing this year.  We play nearly every afternoon.  We've had such a mild winter and it's been so nice.

We all pile in the clubhouse and wait for Daddy to get home.

A few years ago we had the bright idea to pull up all our shrubs in the our front yard.  We keep saying we're going to do something but have been putting it off.  We're having AveryAnn's birthday party here in a couple of weeks so I asked Patrick if we could please clean out the flower beds and at least put some mulch down.  We started cleaning them out Saturday, then my dad called to tell us they had some shrubs on sale at Lowes one thing led to another and we ended up planting about 16 bushes. 

My dad came and helped us plant them and Barrett was so excited to help. 
He needed gloves but didn't want to get them dirty. 
Doing some tractor work. 
Telling Granddaddy what to do. 
Donut Friday! 
Everyone's favorite day!
Barrett started running a low fever Saturday night and had a terribly snotty nose so I decided I should probably take him to the dr Monday. He looked like such a big boy waiting to have his finger pricked.  And he insists on wearing his shoes on the wrong feet.  I'm glad I took him in, turns out he has strep.
He fell asleep in our bed.

We stayed home most of the day Tuesday to recover.  He didn't act sick at all but we got to watch some movies while sister slept.  He went back to school Wednesday and I went back to the doctor with AveryAnn.  Turns out her ears never really cleared up from last month.  She's feeling better today though.  We're excited tomorrow is Friday!  We've got big plans this weekend to clean house and start getting things ready for AveryAnn's birthday party next weekend.  I can't believe she's almost one.