Our Chickadee turned 1!

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ON Dec 4th our youngest (for the moment) turned 1. As I reflect and realize that 1 year ago I went to the doctor as normal only 37 weeks along.. sent to the hospital.. 9 hours later give birth to this precious baby girl. MY first 100% natural birth and my smallest baby..:)

Now I see a girl who is full of personality, desperately wants to talk, walks around like a champ, eats puffs and green beans like a pro and is ONE!

Unlike the others parties it was easy to plan and prepare.. Sweet Lydias was a bit harder.. its is Christmas time and all that it entails.. friends are busy, family is far away.. and i didn’t want a winter, frozen, Christmas theme..

SO first we did our Kent family tradition .. donuts (at the local donut shop…) then publics for her choice of cereal..(yes older siblings MAY have helped;)

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Then it was time to plan her party.. we always do party bigs.. but this year with me very pregnant and it being christmas time.. it ended up being sweet and simple! Our theme was ‘Cute as a Button our Lydia Grace is turning 1″

simple button decor

simple button decor

a few of her favorite things

a few of her favorite things

favorite things!

favorite things!

we went with a non traditional cookie cake:) it was given to us as a blessing!

we went with a non traditional cookie cake:) it was given to us as a blessing!

poor girl wasn't a fan:)

poor girl wasn’t a fan:)

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she ended up throwing it on the ground:) haha!

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picky picky

present time

present time

just mommy and daddy and our sweet girl!

just mommy and daddy and our sweet girl!

all the children who were 3 and under that came (there were a bunch of older siblings too!)

all the children who were 3 and under that came (there were a bunch of older siblings too!)

So very blessed to have friends who we can have our children grow up with.. most of these little girls have siblings my kids age.. being able to do life and parties with them is so much fun!

there you have it.. our Sweet Lydia Grace’s 1st party.. not my best but special non the less!!
We love you sweet Liddy!!
Love mommy!

 

 

An arrow of Love

Tonight was amazing! Most of my dearest friends were able to come out and love on our sweet #5. I have been dreaming and scheming all things arrow for his little nursery nook..reveal coming;) And when I walked into the shower it was perfect!!!

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The beautiful decor!

The beautiful decor!

Why arrows?? As soon as we found out we were expecting #5 God gave me the verse Psalms 127:4.. and arrows kinda stuck.. We even used it for our reveal – God know it was a boy because arrows would have been a bit crazy for a girl:) Anyways… I have read and study this verse.. and with #4 only being 3.5 months old when we got pregnant with this blessing.. this verse gave me peace and excitement!!

OK back to the party!!! One of the activities was to make arrows for our decor.. this was so fun and they turned out SO CUTE!

Making arrows

Making arrows

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Aren't they beautiful!

Aren’t they beautiful!

Our little boy is so blessed with such cute things!

although this sign is perfect for our family!

although this sign is perfect for our family!

These ladies and a few others who were unable to make it.. make my village (coined by another friend) so blessed to call these ladies at anytime and walk live with them!

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A special guest.. My sister!!

A special guest.. My sister!!

These two worked so hard to make my arrow shower a success! Love them so much!

These two worked so hard to make my arrow shower a success! Love them so much!

thank you to my dear friends for their love and support as we welcome our sweet #5!!

PS I am 30 weeks.. the count down has begun!!

~jessica

#3 spent in a Jolly sort of way!

**warning picture heavy!

Since April, our Little Selah has dreamed of nothing but Mary Poppins.. I mean like in a crazy sort of way. She loves every song (can sing most of them) and will tell anyone that Mary Poppins is her favorite princess…(NOPE i am not gonna correct her and tell her she is NOT a princess:)

When people would ask what she was gonna do for her birthday she would proudly say ‘a mary Poppins party’ Like duh doesn’t every 3 year old want that?!! (and its crazy cause Frozen wasn’t even on the radar .. sigh!) So for the past week we have been dreaming, planning, sewing, prepping all things ‘Superfragalistic”.

The door:) Nothing says Mary Poppins like a carpet bag and the Movie:) (yes its a DVD:) we love old school!

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during our trip to Disney in September she saw this Minnie Mary Poppins and HAD to have it:)

Then one of my favorite parts.. the decor!!!

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“A spoonful of Sugar helps the medicine go down:)’

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The carousal cake, and penguin

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Now on to the games and crafts.. NOW we must remember the oldest child invited was 3.5 and the youngest was 2.5 so we had to get creative!! 🙂

"Lets go fly a kite".. I had precut kites and give them crayons and stickers!

“Lets go fly a kite”.. I had precut kites and give them crayons and stickers!

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The Crew and their kites

The Crew and their kites

Remember when Mary Poppins stepped on the turtles? Well we had to also!:)

Single jump on the green shapes!

Single jump on the green shapes!

The next game surpired me and ended up being the kids favorite.. It was to balance a teacup on their head..(we didn’t have any plastic ones so I used these little cups..).. They ended up playing it multiple times each!!

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even big brother had to get in on the fun!

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This might be my favorite picture from her party!!

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OH my she is 3:)

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since the party was small I had a small white cake (it is the top tier of a wedding cake meant for the 1 year anniversary) made and then I decorated it with frosted animal crackers and black and white straws:)

So very blessed by her friends.. lots of My little ponies, books, and pretend play!

So very blessed by her friends.. lots of My little ponies, books, and pretend play!

all her sweet friends, minus one who wanted to sit with mommy and one who was sick:(

all her sweet friends, minus one who wanted to sit with mommy and one who was sick:(

And before the party even started she INSISTED on having a picture with her daddy…

Daddy's first little girl... growing up WAY to quickly!

Daddy’s first little girl… growing up WAY to quickly!

Love my little Mary Poppins! I pray as she grows she will take the joy that she has and Become the Woman of God, he has planned for you to become!

Love you my sweet Selah girl!

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So that is our long awaited Mary Poppins party!

Hope you enjoy the picture as much as we enjoyed the party…:)

~jessica

 

 

 

DIY birthday gift…

We were invited to a double birthday for two sweet sisters (5 & 3) … since we wanted to get them something separate but budget always get in the way.. we went with a DIY gift.. that we hope both mommy & Daughters will enjoy! Girls always enjoy crafts.. but who needs another coloring book?? This gift is more creative with a bit more work on my part but something that will keep them busy for hours (days if mom is lucky!!

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First i went to walmart and got 3 matching pencil pouches ($0.97 each) & the supplies… I knew i wanted each girl to have thier own color due to ‘she has my bag ect’ 🙂

The first bag I created was a – Write a book – Bag.. This encourages them to become their own author..(I meant to get stickers but TOTALLY forgot:(

Write a book bag

Write a book bag

Included in this pouch was a ‘fancy pen’ and 2 note pads ($0.75 for pen, $0.10 for a pack of 4 notebooks).. and if you are better than me.. stickers (around $2.00). And then I included the directions for the activity..

~Write a Book~

In this bag you will find a notebook {or 2} and a fun pen! Use this bag to write your own story.. Become an author!! 

For the 2nd bag I created Fashion designer bag.

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I found a templet online (thank you pinterest) for dress up dolls.. I printed them on cardstock and placed them in the bag with scissor and glue. (templet- free, glue stick $0.50, Scissors $1.00). This one also has fabric.. I pulled some from my stash to make it cost effient..

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Then added these directions..

~Paper Doll Dress Up~

This bag includes all you will need to design clothes for the dolls and animals in this bag. Cut the fabric and then glue it on..

and you will have some really cute friends!!!

And the last bag was Silly Faces. 

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 I picked 4 pictures of the girls with Their family and printed them (thank you facebook) and then Laminated them. This will allow them to drawl faces on the pictures and then wipe them to do it again… (Pictures- free, Lamination- free (we have a small personal one), dry erase markers- set of 4 $3.50. 

The directions included in this bag was..

~Silly faces~

Dry erase markers and laminated pictures are in this bag. You can draw silly faces on each picture..then wipe off and start again!!

 

Add cute ribbon and tag.. all done

Add cute ribbon and tag.. all done

Total cost for each gift was $8.10 (i split the dry erase markers between the girls).. Super cute and I think they will love it!!

What DYI gift have you done recently??

~jessica

Link:

Templets: http://thismamamakesstuff.com/2009/08/making-stuff-fabric-scrap-paper-doll-kit/

**feel free to copy and paste directions for personal use only:)

Baby Shower #3

Well Last weekend I hosted my 3rd baby shower in the past 9 months (not to mention going to the 2 that were thrown for our sweet chickadee) ..I am sure something is in our water:) Because I recently found out 2 more of my friends are ‘with child’..YEAH FOR BABIES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! One thing I love about showers ‘these days’ is pinterest! Each mom has been soo different in their style and I like to host something that is PERFECT for them.. not run of the mill. I’ve done a modern hot pink and black poka dot… a modern chevron gray and yellow and this last one a vintage woodise feel. Complete with bird cage and lace! Little Ellison will be the first child for mom and dad to be and the first grand daughter on mom’s side (following 5 boys i think)… SO she was no doubt loaded down with all things PINK and MONOGRAMMED!

the invite custom made by me...

the invite custom made by me…

an idea i found on pinterest.. HUGE hit!

an idea i found on pinterest.. HUGE hit!

a desk turned dessert table.. sugar cookie bar (add whip topping and fruit)

a desk turned dessert table.. sugar cookie bar (add whip topping and fruit)

brunch table.. French toast cups, sausage balls (not shown) Mint chocolate chip cake

brunch table.. French toast cups, sausage balls (not shown) Mint chocolate chip cake

the view all together

the view all together

guest arriving! She was greatly blessed!

guest arriving! She was greatly blessed!

instead of games each guess was asked to decorate a wooden tile (which after all completed would be the ABC's) this also was a success.. tutorial to come

instead of games each guess was asked to decorate a wooden tile (which after all completed would be the ABC’s) this also was a success.. tutorial to come

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the Ladies (and babies)

the Ladies (and babies)

our Sweet Mom to be with the other co-host!

our Sweet Mom to be with the other co-host!

Mom-to-be with her small group!

Mom-to-be with her small group!

and no baby shower is complete without a picture of my baby at the end of the party.. JUST look at those eyelashes!!!

and no baby shower is complete without a picture of my baby at the end of the party.. JUST look at those eyelashes!!!

The shower was a huge sucess. The bring a book was a wonderful idea and i am sure mom and dad enjoyed reading all the sweet notes left for their little girl. I love babies and I love parties! When combined WHAM.. lots of fun!

~Jessica

Our Cowboy turns 4

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4 years ago on Feb 20th our 2nd child was born.. he was everything we could dream… our little boy who loves fully and laughs with his entire body while enjoying all things cowboy..So for his 4th birthday he requested a ‘rodeo show’ party.. (if you follow my blog you will know this was also his experience for Christmas.. he received a day filled with horse riding and a full ‘rodeo show’ experience.. He loved it so much tha tis what he wanted to share with his friends..:)

Here was his invite (created by me)

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All his little buddies and family were invited to attend the ‘show’… Then came day of … here is a glimpse of the day!

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the cowboy

the cowboy

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the table

the table

low cost decor:)

low cost decor:)

the amazing cake

the amazing cake

the fire pit

the fire pit

superman made 'marshmallow shooters" for all the cowboys

superman made ‘marshmallow shooters” for all the cowboys

turning 4!

turning 4!

superman made 'marshmallow shooters" for all the cowboys

superman made ‘marshmallow shooters” for all the cowboys

eating dinner cowpoke style

eating dinner cowpoke style

the view from the yard!

the view from the yard!

big brother!

big brother!

little sis

little sis

all our friends!

all our friends!

Then we topped the night off with a movie under the stars.. Little birthday boys favorite movie.. Grand Champion! (amazing movie if you have not seen it!!)

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So ends the night with a very happy boy who’s face might hurt tomorrow due to all the smiling.. and at bedtime tonight he mentioned he wanted the same party next year.. soo as a mother i consider a success! Happy birthday sweet boy! i love you!
~mommy

Baby Shower for A sweet Friend!

My Friend is welcoming her 2nd baby Girl and our small group wanted to throw her a shower..Soo here is a glimpse of our Yellow, Gray, & white Modern baby shower!!

Here are the invites custom made by me…

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Our Sweet friend made the cake.. (SO YUMMY!)

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Chocolate Peanut butter on top and Chocolate cream cheese on the bottom! OOH geez!

Then on the the decorating! The mom-to-be again is more modern than me (were i would natural lean more to the vintage-shappy chic look) this was a bit more of a challenge… But good ol’ pinterest!

 

 

 

the main table

the main table

Yellow and gray!!

the mantel and gift area

the mantel and gift area

See that pretty yellow fabric hanging on the shutter.. That is part of her gift it is a nursing shawl.. I am of the theory ‘use all you have!:)’

That little sign ‘please knock’ is another gift. I made it you can order one here

Here is the whole gang!!

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love being able to celebrate friends & NEW BABIES!!!

~jessica

Recipes:

punch- 1 bottle of pineapple juice, 2 litter ginger ale, 2 letter citrus soda, scoops of sorbet … fabulous!

chicken salad- 3 breast of chicken cooked & shredded, 1 cup mayo, 2 TBS mustard, 2 TBS ranch dressing, mix..add cut up grapes to your liking