Jackson’s First Birthday + A GIVEAWAY!

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It happened- our little boy turned one year old. How did a year pass by so quickly? Honestly, he’s still a tiny baby in my eyes and not a toddler. I mean, he’s a peanut so maybe that helps a bit. He did, however, make it known that he’s officially a toddler. We have quickly learned that his new favorite hobby is unrolling the toilet paper… How toddler-like, right???

We celebrated his first birthday with our close friends and some family members, nothing too big. His party was Pumpkin themed, which I felt was fitting for an end of October birthday. I also found the perfect birthday shirt on Pinterest and we kind of based the party theme around it. You see…. Jackson’s bedroom is filled with tractors. And not just any tractor. It’s filled with John Deere green tractors. I found him a shirt that not only had pumpkins on it…. but there was a GREEN tractor pulling the pumpkins! Perfect, right? So of course, we had to incorporate the tractors into his party décor.

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His smash cake and the cupcakes were pumpkin spice- because what other kind of cake would you have at a pumpkin themed birthday? I found some pumpkin cutouts and taped his 1-11 month pictures on them. He had some orange balloons, tractor balloons, a giant green 1 balloon…. Basically balloons everywhere. The decorations were simple, but so adorable.

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He was so busy- I could barely get a “decent” picture. He was on the move! I’m not really sure how he had the energy to move, mister no nap. But you better believe he CRASHED after the party. Between eating his cake and no nap beforehand, he was a sleepy little guy.

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It may have been Jackson’s birthday…. but the gift is for you! His birthday shirt came from Zoey’s Attic Personalized Gifts. This WAHM shop was opened in November 2006 by Erin Delanty. She offers many types of gifts from personalized shirts, totes, drinkware, and wall art. Jackson’s shirt is amazing quality- it washed up nicely and didn’t fade or shrink. Most orders ship within 1-3 business days which, in my opinion, is super fast for a personalized item!

Zoey’s Attic Personalized Gifts is being SO generous and has offered a $35 gift certificate to one lucky reader! This certificate can be used on ANY item in the shop. Enter the giveaway by using the rafflecoptor below. Look at the shop HERE and tell me in the comments below what you’d like to order!

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Baileigh’s Almost 2!

Okay, I’ll admit that I’m close to having a slight breakdown over here. My baby is almost 2 years old. When Aubrey was turning 2, I had her 6 month old sister to distract me from the fact she was getting bigger and about to hit the “Terrible Twos.” With Bai, I got a terrible two and a teenager three. Needless to say, I’m not only scared for this next year but kind of sad to see it happen. My little girls are growing up.

Of course, it’s not all sadness and fear. I’m happy too that they’re growing up and becoming more independent. Aubrey puts DVDs in the player herself so now I don’t have to change Disney movies 8 times a day. Baileigh is now independently playing so her sister can do what she wants and I can get some chores down around the house. They both can run around at the playground and I can finally be the mom that sits on the bench (still watching closely but not 1 step behind them every minute). We can paint our nails together and put on lip gloss. We have popcorn and movie time in Mommy’s big bed and cuddle. As they get older, we’re finding more things we can do together and enjoy. That’s amazing!

I would be lying, though, if I said I didn’t miss the baby days. Yes, it comes along with spit up, more diapers, crying, screaming, and endless nights. But then you have the constant cuddles, that baby smell, the living of new life, and just another purpose for being.  Maybe again someday! But today, I’m focusing on Bai’s 2nd birthday party!!

Did someone say PARTY?! Parties are a big deal in this family. We have our “theme” and I stick to it. The birthday girl gets a personalized shirt with her name, new age, and it matches the theme of her party. Aubrey’s has been a fun, girly, animal theme, Minnie Mouse, and Cinderella. Baieligh’s was ladybugs last year and it’s a rainbow candy theme this year. I have their shirts in their memory box so they’ll have them when they’re older. I haven’t decided what age we’ll stop that tradition but I don’t see it ending any time soon. Along with the shirts, I also make or buy a few decorations. This year, I’ll be using Pinterest and hope that mine look good and don’t end up on Pinterest Fails. We’re going to try and make giant lollipops and hard candies with balloons and paper plates wrapped in cellophane. We’ll see what happens!

Stay tuned for Bai’s party pictures at the end of May! We’ll even have a candy bar to top cupcakes with yummy candy!

 

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