Wednesday, July 23, 2014

declan's hundred acre woods

We had sweet Declan's First Birthday celebration this weekend!  Oh how fast this year went.  It turned out precious.  I had another theme in mind when I first started party planning, but a friend gave some good advice that you kind of only get one opportunity to do something a little be "babyish" and sweet before it's all trucks and superheros so that's when I decided to do a classic Pooh theme.  Declan has a classic stuffed Pooh that my parent's gave him for Christmas and he snuggles with it every night so it was perfect.  Here's a little glimpse of Declan's Hundred Acre Woods Party.

 I just loved his invitations I ordered off etsy and then printed myself.

 We had our water softener installed this week and it came on a wood pallet.  As soon as I saw it I told the hubby not to toss it or let it get trashed and I just sawed off some pieces and painted the wording on with craft paint I had on hand.  You can't go wrong with free.

A burlap banner spelled out "declan is one" and hung above the food table.


 Thankful for pinterest for the help in making a chalkboard sign in photoshop.

 If there was a "rumbly in your tumbly"...

On the menu we had:
Pooh's Honey Ham Sliders
Tigger Tails (chocolate covered pretzel rods with orange melts drizzled on top)
Piglet's in a Blanket (pigs in a pretzel blanket)
Rabbit's Garden Pasta Salad
Eeyore's feelin' (Blue)berry cobbler
Honey Hibiscus Iced Tea
Instead of a cake I got cupcakes and made some cute much easier then cutting a cake

Our sweet friend made his smash cake.  It was gluten free, low sugar and made with all natural dyes.  A healthy cake was perfect for a babies first taste at the good stuff.  And honestly it was delicious.  Everyone kept tasting it and raving about it.  Loved his little "hunny pot" smash cake and so did the birthday boy!

And that wraps up our tour of Declan's Hundred Acre Wood!

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

twelve months

dear declan,

oh sweet boy i'm having a hard time wrapping my head around the fact that it's been one year since you came into this world and we got to hold you for the first time.  what a year it has been. that's one year of snuggles.  one year of your sweet smiles.  one year of staring into your beautiful blue eyes.  one year of calling you mine.  this past year has been everything.  you are our everything and the years before you somehow don't seem as meaningful or worthy as this last year has.  i have these simple moments that i try to grab hold to remember forever.  like when it's just you and me and you grab my cheeks with your chubby fingers and stare into my eyes and you smile so big and coo so hard and i can't help but think it doesn't get any better then this. and if it does i don't think my heart can take it.

at 12 months, little man, you are filling out weighing around 21 pounds and sporting 12 months clothes.  enjoy those dimples on your legs now, because once you hit 30 no one will be gawking and ahhing at them then.  you wear a size 4 diaper.  you're also babbling up a storm.  we've gotten mama, apple and bubble out of you speech wise.  your poor daddy has been so patient and so eager for you to say dada.  you're so close though.  you've really taken off this month crawling around and exploring your surroundings.  i love watching you discover new things like the door catchers.  thru your little eyes those things are just the coolest and it's precious to see you figure it all out.

we celebrated your birthday with lots of family and close friends.  everyone couldn't wait to see you dig into your smash cake and you didn't disappoint.  you did exactly what i thought you would, sort of take your time and be cautious about it and then on your own time dug into it.  it was a precious moment.  

you've blessed our lives so much sweet boy.  happy 1st birthday declan!!

all my love,

Friday, July 18, 2014

someone is one!

i had declan's one year pictures done this week and our sweet photographer sent me a few sneak peeks.  melt my heart i love this little boy.  if anyone needs me i'll be curled up in the fetal position bawling that my baby is already one.  happy birthday my sweet boy!

Thursday, July 3, 2014

eleven months

dear declan,

my sweet eleven month old...almost one year old!  how is that?  this month you have mastered crawling.  it's a whole new world for both of us.  i'm having a hard time adjusting to the fact that i used to be able to sit you down on the floor run grab something and you'd just be hanging out where i left you 2 seconds ago.  now if i do that i have to go on a hunt to find you.  you're so quick, but thankfully you've usually just gone to find me.  the other day you and the pugs followed me into the other room one by one.  it was like follow the leader...i couldn't help but laugh at the sight.

you're weighing around 22 pounds, in 12 month clothing and wearing a size 4 diaper.  your beautiful red hair is really starting to thicken up and there are these curls on your chubby little neck that are to die for.  oh how i pray you keep that red hair.  you have the sweetest personality.  you're a bit shy meeting new people, but it doesn't take you long to flash them one of your precious smiles.  you're always laughing too.

we had to lower the crib this month because you started standing up in it.  so now when you wake up from a nap or in the mornings you're standing up babbling away...sometimes screaming at me too if i don't get you fast enough.   the other morning i walked in and you were standing up in bed with your pants off.  how you got those off still remains a mystery.

i love you so much little man.  you've started giving hugs to me and it just melts me.  i'm so blessed to be your mama and hope you never stop giving me your precious hugs.

all my love,

Monday, June 30, 2014

happenings is it seriously the last day of June already?!?  I just love the summer months and a few weeks ago had a near melt down at Hobby Lobby with all the pumpkin decorations and Christmas garland going up.  Seriously?  Can they just give me till August so I can enjoy the 100 degree temps in peace before I start thinking the holidays. 

Also, my kid turns 1 in 18 days?  Shut the front door.  Thankfully, planning his party is a good distraction from curling up in a ball weeping about how big my baby boy is getting.  Is this a normal?  I'm just praying I can keep it together the day of his party.  Can't wait to show some pictures of his party planning.  I'm going with a Declan's 100 Acre Wood theme and it's turning out so sweet.  Can I just give a huge shout out to pinterest on that one!

Also, very excited Big Brother started last week.  Anyone else watching?  I do believe this is going to be a great year!

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

pug turns nine

I remember people telling us how the pug's were going to take such a backseat once Declan arrived.  I was like, no way not my pugs!

And then Declan arrived.

And there may have been a day or two over the last 10 months were it's three in the afternoon and I can't figure out why I've got to pugs on my heels, while I'm pacing the house trying to sooth a fussy baby to sleep, looking at me so pitifully.  Oops I forgot to feed them.

Thankfully, their very forgiving.  Give them a treat and they'll pretend it never happened.

Which brings me to today, pug's 9th birthday, which I find it both a miracle that I remembered and that we are celebrating his 9th what with all this dog's craziness and daily shenanigans.

Pug, my fur-born, 9 years later you're still keeping us on our toes.  We love you dearly and our lives would be so boring without you.

Monday, June 9, 2014

ten months

dear declan,

my how the last ten months have flown.  i was laying in bed the other night flipping through my iphone pictures going all the way back to the day you were born and just amazed at how we went from there to here.  also a tad amazed at how we survived those long sleepless days too.

you're weighing close to 20 lbs these days and my arms are feeling every bit of it.  you're still in some 9 months clothes, but mainly 12 months now and are still in size 3 diapers.  you love food, just not from a jar.  wait i take that back you tolerate prunes and carrots from a jar, but won't have the rest of it.  i can't blame you some of that stuff looks so nasty.  i'm still pureeing most of your foods and we really started introducing "real" foods you can pick up yourself this month.  so far you're favorites are corn and chicken.  you love mealtime.  

you're now somewhat semi-mobile.  you figured out the crawling just not a fan.  you'd much prefer someone to hold your hands and let you walk around on your own.  i had my first big oops mommy moment when i turned around for a split second and you rolled off the sofa.  thankfully, you were just fine it just scared you more than anything.  i sent daddy a text at work letting him know not to bring home the mother of the year trophy just yet after that day.

you are the happiest baby with the biggest blue eyes.  we are constantly getting stopped out and about so people can comment on how happy you are and those beautiful blues of yours.  you just smile back so big like you know it.  i'm afraid you're already turning into quite the flirt.  where do you learn this stuff?

little man i love you more and more each day and feel so blessed to be the one you call mama!

lots of love,