Thursday, July 24, 2014

Adalyn Turns One!

 I am just in awe over how fast this year has gone! Honestly looking back, I feel like I've blinked and I've missed the entire year. I'm not quite sure how my baby got to be a year old. 
We celebrated her birthday with a party at the lake. I bought her this bathing suit right after she was born knowing that she would wear it for her first birthday. 
On the day of the party, I put her in her birthday bathing suit and took her outside to take some pictures.

Being the typical mommy's girl that she is, she did not want to be put down. Adalyn prefers to be held (all the time), and if she's not being held, then she's definitely on the move. 
She bear crawls. Y'all, it's the funniest thing ever, and it doesn't happen all the time, but I have no idea why she crawls this way. I think she's just a priss that doesn't want to hurt or dirty her knees.
I tried to get a picture of her and her big sisters, but it didn't work out well. At all. 

After her morning nap, I put her in her "birthday girl" t-shirt. 
All of her sisters have worn this shirt on their 1st birthday. So naturally, Adalyn had to wear it too. 
The party wasn't until 5, so most of the day was spent on the boat, and then everyone got dressed for the party, and Adalyn had her third outfit change for the day.

We attempted a family picture, but the big girls just wanted to play with their cousins. 
And that was okay, because it's pretty rare that DJ and I will have a picture with just Adalyn. 
My mom and Addy Pearl.
Addy with her Pops and Grandma Dee, who so graciously allowed us to have her party at their house!
Once dinner was over, we put her in her birthday party hat and took a few more pictures. 

Each girl has a party hat that they've worn for the first birthday and it makes a reappearance at every party afterwards. I ordered Gretchen's hat from Etsy, and then once my mom bought an embroidery machine, and now that I have one too, we've made Megan's and Adalyn's. 
Addy's hat has long ribbon, so it can be tied in a bow on one side of her head. She thought it was funny to pull the bow and untie it!

After dinner, we took the kids to play with poppers and get their bracelets on!
We had star bracelets, glow bracelets, party poppers, and little firecracker poppers.
Gretchen mid-shot.
Meggie getting a tattoo. 
And can we just pause for a minute because I totally remember her first birthday like it was yesterday.
Nana finally arrived and the birthday girl had lots of hugs and kisses for her!

Then, we opened presents. 
My mom has given all of the girls a knife and cake server set for their first birthdays. There's a poem that goes with it, that just makes me bawl like a baby, that explains that these knives are to be used to cut their birthday cakes, and then one day, they'll be used to cut their wedding cake. Total tear jerker.
Addy got clothes.
And a new baby doll.

She also got a book, a new lamp, a huge Minnie Mouse, and more clothes! She was spoiled.
Mommy and Daddy bought her a pink tricycle. 

After presents, it was time for cake. We had a big fan going, so the candle went out pretty quickly, but you can tell Meggie was scared of the little flame. 
And, then Addy dug right in!

Meggie helped a little. 

I'm sorry, I could not just choose one cake smash picture!
Her gold bib is from Snap Bibs. I didn't have time to get her a birthday party bib, and that was partly because I was in denial about her turning a year old, but we had this bib with us and it worked out perfect! I love that it's gold and sparkly and it was so big that she didn't get too messy!
And after her cake, she had birthday kisses from mommy.
And we took the party girl in for a bath!

Adalyn, wow, what a year it's been! You were definitely our surprise baby and you've continued to surprise us along the way! You've added to our family in a way that I didn't know was possible, but God knew. God knew that we needed you and that our family wasn't complete without you. You are a sweetheart, cuddle bug, that has blue eyes as fierce as your daddy's, and yes, I think they'll stay that way. Your personality is as fiery and as sassy as your big sisters, and you look at them with love in your eyes! I can't wait to see the mischief that the three of you will get in to! Thank you for being a mommy's girl and thank you for being my baby.

And a few stats for you:
  • Adalyn is able to say "dada".
  • Waves bye-bye
  • Gives kisses by smacking her lips together.
  • She has 6 teeth. 4 on top, that came in right around the time of her party, and two on the bottom.
  • She weighs in at a whopping 15 lbs. 
  • I'm not sure how long she is, because I still need to schedule her one year check up.
  • She sleeps through the night.
  • She loves to eat! This girl could put away a horse! I have no idea where it goes, but you're happiest when you're eating.
  • Her favorite foods are: turkey, cheese, peas, bananas, applesauce, yogurt, yogurt bites, puffs, and cheerios.
  • You can crawl up the stairs. 
  • Your favorite toy is a ballet baby doll that you received for Christmas, and you sleep with her all the time.
  • Adalyn sucks her thumb. 
  • Adalyn enjoys the swimming pool if she's being held. She hates being her in swim float.
  • She has finally learned how to use a sippy cup and has started just this past week drinking milk about once a day. So yes, she is still nursing.
  • Adalyn crawls on all fours, and crawls like a bear, and is able to stand up from a squatting position. She cruises around furniture and has taken 4 steps independently. 
  • She loves to play peek-a-boo. 
  • She's ticklish on her belly.
  • She wears anything from 6, 9, or 12 month clothing. 
  • Adalyn keeps a bow in her hair, if she has a ponytail. She'll keep tiny clippies in her hair, but she will not tolerate a large bow clipped in.
  • Adalyn spends most of her time without shoes. But, she is in a size 4.
  • She wears a size 3 diaper.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

An All-American Birthday Party

 Adalyn's birthday is July 5th, so naturally, for her first birthday party, we went with an All-American theme! I knew that our family is typically at the lake on the 4th of July, so I asked DJ's dad and stepmom if we could host her first birthday party at their house. I was so thankful when they obliged, especially because I knew I wouldn't have to do much- his stepmom always decorates for the 4th, so I only had to pick up a few things here and there. 
We had a very simple hot dog BBQ for dinner. We also pulled out leftover corn on the cob, baked beans, and chips.

I placed a large red plastic table cloth on their dining room table and then on top, I placed an aqua color checkered table cloth. We used solid red square plates, ombre polk a dot napkins, and in the center, I stuffed a mason jar with blue tissue paper and a few small American flags. 

I found red and aqua dot hotdog bun holders at JoAnn's, and the napkins were bought at Wal-Mart. Because of her outfit (which you'll see in tomorrow's post) I went with more of an ombre color-scheme, combining pink and red, and aqua and blue. 
I found the paper bags in the party section at Target.
Inside the paper bags were wooden chevron forks and spoons that I purchased on Group Deals. I just placed all of the bags of silverware in a blue bowl.
We filled a blue bucket with ice, and I found glass bottle Cokes at the local grocery store. They were the perfect All-American touch.
I bought the star paper straws from an online shop and found the cups, which matched the napkins perfectly at the Dollar Tree.
I covered the "cake table" with a checkered tablecloth and placed her hat (that my mom and I made), smash cake, and cupcakes on it.
I ordered her cake and cupcakes from Cakes by Cindy, located in Hardy, Ar. I honestly had no idea what I wanted her cake to look like and I didn't want to spend countless hours browsing Pinterest for cake ideas, plus, I didn't really want it to be a 4th of July theme cake. I simply let her know that the party was an All-American theme, and that we were using pink, red, aqua, and blue colors, and I sent her a picture of her birthday outfit. She created the perfect little cake for Adalyn!
I didn't know what I wanted on the cupcakes either, so I told her to do whatever she wanted, and the stars and dots were perfect.
We pulled this little table outside, and put the girls' birthday plate and bowl on it, along with a little sparkler decoration that Grandma Dee already had, and I put her candle out here.
I made my mom bring the wooden high chair that I had used when I was a baby, and DJ and I weren't too sure where we wanted to put it. If I had the lake behind her, the sun would've been in Adalyn's eyes, and DJ suggested that we put it up on the stairs leading in to the hot tub, so it would be a little stage. It was the perfect place. We added paper lanterns, a flag, and left the American themed wind chime that grandma Dee already had. 
Grandma Dee already had the tablecloth down on her picnic table, so I left it and added a matching mason jar. On the stairs, I hung a banner that I made. 
Along the side of the hot tub, I added our party favors in red and blue containers. Grandma Dee already had the flag birdhouse, and I placed it with our party favors. Most of the containers came from the Dollar Tree. I had bought them for Gretchen's 5th birthday party, and re-used them. 
I found star shaped sidewalk chalk in Target's dollar section.
I also bought two packages of 4th of July tattoos from the dollar section at Target, and just tore them apart, so there would be more.
We bought sparklers and placed them in a mason jar.
And glow stick bracelets that I bought in the dollar section. (Are you noticing a running theme?)
We bought snap dragons and poppers.
And star bracelets that again, were bought in the dollar section. 

Everything came together perfectly! I bought everything just hodgepodge and as I found it. I wasn't really sure how everything would come together, but with what Grandma Dee already had and the few things I purchased, everything was perfect. I wanted her party set up as stress free as possible, and it was. I didn't spend hours cleaning up, I didn't spend hours cooking, we simply took about an hour and a half before the party, put everything out, and transformed the space into a birthday party perfect for our little one year old!

Come back tomorrow for all of the birthday & party pics! 

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

It's my LAST vacation post!

Can y'all believe it?! Today is my very LAST vacation post and I could not be more excited to finally be wrapping these up! Today, you're getting the "good" pics from our New Orleans trip. You can see our iPhone pics HERE
We started our Friday morning off with a brunch steamboat cruise on the Natchez.
Once we bought our tickets we walked down the pier a bit, and then finally boarded the boat.
I decided to edit a few of these pictures in black and white. I'm thinking of getting them printed and framed and putting them in our master bathroom. We are seriously lacking on the decor in there! This is a house on the Mississippi, and the many that lives there comes out every day to wave at the steamboat as it goes by. 
And just in case you didn't know, Domino sugar has a factory on the Mississippi.
We had a great view of downtown New Orleans.

After our steamboat cruise, we headed down to the World War 2 museum.
The museum was okay. DJ may disagree, but there was lots of reading! Thankfully, we had watched the D-day show on the History channel back in June, so we didn't have to read as much. I did really enjoy the artifacts that were there from the soldiers, and I enjoyed reading how they landed and planned the attack on Normandy. After we went to the museum, we went to another part that had war planes and tanks and cars.

On Saturday, we toured the Old Metairie cemetery. 
I realize I'm a total creep for wanting to see a cemetery, but the architecture is unique, and the thought of being buried underground creeps me out, so I'd love to be buried in one of these!
Except, I'd prefer to not be buried with other people (even if they are my relatives) dating back 200 years. 
I mean seriously how amazing is this?!
And this one.

I totally want to frame this one for my bathroom.
This cross had fallen off, but I love this photo.

Again, another one I want to have framed.
This one is supposedly haunted.
After our cemetery tour, we went over to this house and viewed the grounds and garden.
My honey and I.
This sculpture was on the outside gates of the house, and i'm so glad DJ took a picture of it… again, another one I want to frame.
We went to this po-dunk little restaurant Saturday night, and they had some pretty rockin' gumbo!
And on Sunday, we went to Mass and Claira's christening. That's Miss Claira with her godparents. 

And, y'all, that's a wrap on our crazy long summer vacation! Thank you so much for hanging in there with me! The next two days you'll get birthday party posts and then i'll be back to my regularly scheduled blogging. #asifthatsathing

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