Happy Second Birthday, Logan!

I don’t even want to believe it, but today Logan turns TWO! Wow! I know I said this last year but where does time go?! How is it even possible that two years went by? It seems like just yesterday we were at the hospital getting ready for his arrival. I want to cry and laugh all at the same time right now.


To our precious Logie Bear,

Today you turn two years old. In just two short years you have grown up so much. You are smart, funny and just a true joy to be around. Your dimples get me every single time. And those curls! THE CURLS! Who doesn’t love those curls?! You are just so beautiful. But your beauty is not just in the way you look on the outside. You’re even more beautiful on the inside. You already show you have so much compassion and kindness in your heart. From the way you smile and say hi to the people in our neighborhood to the ways you try to console your brother when he cries. It’s absolutely adorable to watch you…be you.

We are so proud of the son, brother, grandson, nephew and friend you are. There is nothing your Daddy or I wouldn’t do to show you how much we love you. There are no words that can even come close to it either. Today, we celebrate you and if we could give the world, moon and stars to prove how amazing you are, we would.

We love you so much Logie Bear!  Happy Second Birthday!!!
Never, ever let anyone dull your sparkle! Shine on, bugsby.
Love,
Mama

 

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Madeline’s First Birthday Party!

Can I start by saying I cannot even believe that we just celebrated Madeline’s first birthday!? I blinked and it was here.  That being said, I feel like I’ve been planning it forever! I came up with the theme in April and booked our venue in August, so it was a long time in the making! I hope you enjoy it just as much as we did!

For her first birthday I took a departure from all things pink and went with a Winter One-derland theme! Given that she’s born at the end of January it was perfect and so cute! It was very easy to pull together given that I got a lot of great decor on sale after Christmas. 🙂

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We chose to have her party at The Giggle Lounge.  This is a local business owned by  my mama friend, Traci! It is an adorable indoor baby/toddler play land with rooms to rent out for parties. On top of it being our favorite place to play, they make birthday parties so easy and extremely reasonable for parents!

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A party at The Giggle Lounge includes decor and balloons. We also brought some in ourselves for personal added touches.  I have a friend who is a graphic designer who made this amazing board, as well as these photos of her when she was one day old and now one year old – I think they were the perfect touch! (She also made the invitations- which are featured on their site!)

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I decided I wanted to make, what I am calling, a garland of faces as a backdrop.  I had printed out photos from her first year that were all face shots.  I chose to print them in black and white so they would all match.  To ensure they were all the same size I used the top of a quart container to measure out circles from scrapbook paper. I put silver circles on the bottom, blue and green on the top of that and then glued it all together with the photo on top.  I hot glued all the circles together with to ribbon and voila!

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Our favors were fun to make! I used piping bags that you’d use to decorate a cake with and filled them with hot chocolate powder and mini marshmallows for the adults.  For the kids I used the same bags, but filled them with EZ Snow.  This is powder that when mixed with water will make snow. It’s cold like snow, but feels more like kinetic sand.  I thought it would be really fun! These were a great way to say thank you “snow” much for coming!

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The Giggle Lounge also includes a craft for the kids to do.  In keeping with the theme- I wanted to have a “Do you want to build a snowman?” craft! They came out great!

For the food we chose a brunch theme; coffee bar, bagels, fruit, yogurt parfaits. I loved making this chalkboard sign to dress up the coffee bar.

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And of course- cupcakes for dessert! Yummy and they are amazing!!! Dolce and Biscotti did an amazing job. Madeline tried her first cupcake- she was pretty happy. 🙂

We loved being able to spend time with our friends and family celebrating this little girl.  I didn’t have to worry about a thing and was able to just take in the moment.  Happy Birthday Princess! 🙂

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Happy First Birthday, Madeline! 

Dear Madeline,

On the eve of your first birthday I sit here thinking about where I was this time last year. Tomorrow we are celebrating your first birthday and it will be joyous, wonderful and hectic; but for now I take solace in the peace. The same thing happened this day last year. Your father and I spent the night in the hospital as I was being induced. I was tired, uncomfortable and anxious. As your daddy slept in the chair next to my bed, I lay awake waiting to meet you, wondering when you would get here. But I felt peace and calm just as I feel now. Little did I know the joy you would bring to our lives. You were the piece of the puzzle that was missing, what we dreamed of always having, and my darling, you have not disappointed.  This year has been nothing short of miraculous. Watching you learn, grow and discover who you are and what you are capable of brings me no greater joy.

You are a bundle of energy, our tumultuous tornado of a little girl. Your laugh melts my heart, your smile lights up a room and your adorable little voice as you learn and express words is music to our ears. You are the sweetest, kindest and best baby in the world. Your daddy and I are so blessed and lucky to call you ours.

I hope the first year of your life was been everything you could have dreamed of because it was everything we have dreamed of and more. You have showed us the true meaning of living and loving and I can’t wait to see what the future holds for you my girl, because it is amazingly bright.

I’ll share with you a quote from a wonderful story, Cordelia, in the hopes that it can fill the words that I can’t put together, “Don’t let anyone tell you how high you can fly.”

 

We love you, Princess. Happy birthday.

Mommy 💕

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Logan’s First Birthday Party!

Last weekend we celebrated Logan’s first birthday party! I still can’t believe it! It was a lot of fun and our guests really enjoyed themselves. Here are the details from our little man’s birthday party! 🙂

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To start we needed to find a space big enough to hold both sides of the family and where we could bring in our own food to save money. We have this beautiful local park with walking trails, a large playground, and buildings with rooms available to rent out for events. It was the perfect location! Once we secured the date and time we had to pick a theme. I ran all sorts of themes by Matt: jungle animals, Dr. Seuss, One is Fun, etc. He was not feeling any of those. Then I came across this Baby Mario First Birthday theme and suggested the theme of video games – didn’t take more than a second for him to say yes. It is an unusual theme for a first birthday but it was different and Matt, as well as others in the family, love to play video games. So why not?

I told Emily the theme and her and I went to town pinning all sorts of ideas. The first thing I had to do was order invitations. One of our favorite sites to order stuff from is Etsy and after searching for video game party invitations I stumbled upon this customizable video game invitation! I love how they turned out.

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Next up were the party details. Unfortunately the venue did not allow stuff to be hung on the walls which was a bummer at first but then I realized it just meant less work and we can put more attention into the smaller details. My inspiration for the centerpieces came from Pinterest. The room was to set up with 4 tables so Matt picked 4 video games to decorate each table with that video games’ color scheme and characters. We had Zelda, Mario, Sonic and Donkey Kong. The centerpieces were very simple and easy to make. I printed clip art images for each video game and then hot glued them onto a wooden dowel. Then we hot glued a foam ball to the bottom these plastic vases and stuck the dowels into the foam balls. To hide the foam ball I purchased shredded paper basket filler. The tables turned out to be super fun!

On Logan’s actual birthday we had professional photos of him taken that included him wearing a cute outfit with some props and then of course a cake smash! The photos came out great! We glued them to a poster board and put them on display for everyone to see. We also framed two pictures of him one from when he was one day old and the other from his from first birthday – it was so crazy to see how in one year he changed so much!

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One of my favorite details from the party was this time capsule idea I snagged from Pinterest. You have your guests write a note for the birthday boy or girl and then you give it to your child years later maybe on their 18th birthday or high school graduation. I think this is something I’d like to continue for all birthdays to come. It would be so neat for Logan to be able to read all the different wishes, memories, pieces of advice, etc. that family and friends wrote to him on each birthday. Here is how we set it up:

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For the favors we set up the classic candy bar that everyone loves. We purchased different size and color bowls and put candy in them. I printed these matching tags from the same Etsy shop I got the invites from and we glued them on the paper bags. Fun and simple!

Of course one of the best parts of the party was the cake!!! We ordered a video game themed cake from a local bake shop and a special happy birthday cupcake for Logan to smash and eat. So delicious!

 We opened all the wonderful gifts from everyone and I can say that Logan was one special and loved birthday boy! Here is him on the gift he got from Emily, Mike and Madeline. 🙂

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I owe a huge thank you to my friends and family who put in the time to help set up before the party – I couldn’t have done it without you!!! I know Logan won’t remember this party but we have lots of pictures to show him how much fun it was and just how much everyone loves this little man!!!

We love you, Logan!!! Hope you have a wonderful year being ONE!

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Happy First Birthday, Logan!

Where does time go? I feel like that is a question I have tossed around a lot in the last few weeks because TODAY our baby boy Logan turns ONE. I can’t believe I am even saying or typing that! We officially have a ONE YEAR OLD. Wow!!!

This time last year was such a whirlwind. I want to say we were ready for his arrival, but is anyone ever truly ready and prepared for a baby? The answer is no. I had no idea what to expect when Logan made his entrance into this world. I had no idea how much love I could ever have for someone other than my husband. The second he entered this world, our lives changed forever. Everyone’s heart exploded with LOVE and that has not stopped!

This past year has been so hard. We have had our share of struggles, frustrations, tears, and doubt. However, the biggest thing is we have shared so much joy, laughter, excitement and happiness. If I tried to bottle all the good up it would stack high enough to reach the moon a thousand times.

I have to keep this post short and sweet, because if I don’t my tears might never stop flowing! So I will end on a small note to the birthday boy:

Logan, I want you to know how much you are loved by Mommy and Daddy. You have, and will always be, our world. We will always be there for you no matter what. Watching you grow is bittersweet for us. Each milestone you hit is such a big deal. We cheer, clap and laugh but I know you are that much closer to growing up. I know I will long for these days. Everyone always tell us, “Enjoy it now! It goes by so fast!” and they are right. I already long for the earlier days when you were so tiny and would fall asleep in my arms. Now I can barely get you to sit still!

You have such a strong and stubborn personality and we want you to never change. You are so incredibly smart and witty with a great sense of humor.  Your curiosity for life has us looking at the world differently too. We love looking at everything through your eyes – everything is so new and exciting again. What a joy you are to be around!

Thank you for teaching us what true and unconditional love is all about.
We love you so much, Logie Bear!!! Happy First Birthday!!!

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I love you forever always
I like you for always,
As long as I’m living
my baby you’ll be.

Love,
Mama

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