Monday, December 19, 2011

a birthday party

I can't believe I am just now getting around to posting about baby girl's first birthday party.  We had a lot of fun celebrating her special day.  Her party was actually the day after but I remember on her actual birthday, Russ was home and when 1:19 pm rolled around, we went into her bedroom where she was waking from a nap and sang happy birthday to her.  She didn't have a clue what was going on but enjoyed the attention.
Anyway, back to the party, I'm so thankful for all the friends and family who came over to celebrate with us.  It really means a lot when others really love and care for your child.  Baby girl is well loved :)  For the party, we just made it simple and did some different little treats and of course her smash cake.  I was excited to see how she would handle her cake but she wasn't all that interested.  It was cute because she didn't seem to want to get all sticky so she just had a few licks and she was over it.  She didn't last long for the party either.  After all the attention from the cake and birthday singing, she was exhausted.  Whats a girl to do?  But, I'm glad so many could come to the party and celebrate with us.  I got a lot of pics with her cake but not a lot of the guests (or of all the family...kicking myself for that one).  

some of her aunties that she loves

someone remembered the party hat

The first birthdays are always just for the parents and family/friends.  Obviously, a one year old could care less about all the craziness but birthdays have always been a big deal in my family growing up and I think it is important to celebrate the ones you love on their special day.  This day was certainly very special to us!

***thanks pinterest for tons of party ideas :)

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

starting traditions {& gettin' crafty}

I love starting new traditions especially now that we have a little one.  Although she is still too young to understand it all, it's important to me that we have special little moments as a family that we do year after year.  It reminds me of my childhood and the ways my mom would make each holiday special and meaningful.  It's just special little moments that will always be cherished and looked back on and remind you of sweet family times.  I know in all the craziness of the season, we can easily get lost in the unimportant things and miss out on the real reason we celebrate so I really wanted to make an advent calender this year.  I was looking around for ideas and found a really cute one on pinterest and here.  I definitely procrastinated so mine turned out a little different than I had in mind but I'm sure it took less time.  I just grabbed some Martha Stewart gift tags that were on sale and then wrote a Christmas activity on the back to do each day as a family.  Cute and simple and sure to create some memories while reminding us to stay focused on Christ during this busy season.

And not that this has anything to do with traditions, but I made a Christmas yarn wreath in my spare time ;)  Well, I say Christmas but afterwards, I think I'll just take the red ribbon off and keep up in the house (since it is gray and white...typical).

I have seen these cute yarn wreaths all over and found this tutorial that is so easy.  I think I'll be making more of these.

Monday, December 12, 2011

O Christmas Tree

 A few weeks ago, our friends invited us to the Christmas Tree Farm with them.  We were excited to go to an actual "farm" instead of our usual Lowe's trip to get a tree.  I decided that this year I wanted the "charlie brown" look rather than the perfect all put together tree.  Just wanted something a little different and I knew it would be a challenge having a Christmas tree in the house anyway with a little one running around.  So, after looking around a bit and seeing what was left, we found our perfect little charlie brown Christmas tree!  I love it because it is different.  It reminds of the Christmas trees that Russ grew up with when his parents would just go out on their farm and chop one down.  It looks even better in its little spot in our living room...I need to take some pictures of it with all the lights on and ornaments before it dies!  Anyway, here are some of our first Christmas tree farm adventures, which we will be making a family tradition from now on!

our tree in a lopsided picture :)