Thursday, August 30, 2012

Becca's 1st Birthday!

Our baby Becca turned one last weekend!  I really don't know where this past year has gone.  Nevertheless, God blessed our family with a wonderful first year with our cutie-patootie.  We saw her grow and develop into her own, from infant to now toddler, she truly is a personification of her middle name, Joy!  Her happy smile lights up the room, and she just simply exudes pure joy wherever she goes.

For her birthday, I came up with a ladybug theme.  I was sewing matching ladybug outfts for both Jenna and Becca, and I thought it turned out pretty cute, so I just went with that.

I borrowed my friend's Cricut machine, and created this wall collage of Becca's first year.

I went on Pinterest to get some ladybug ideas for the party.  Most of it, I felt was a little over the top, and there was no way that I would have the time, resources, nor the talent to recreate.  So, I modified some ideas and came up with my own red-and-black themes like this...

I did find this ladybug appetizer recipe on Pinterest.  Isn't it cute?  I was suppose to add black dots on to the tomatoes by tinting cream cheese...yeah, I don't think so...too much effort!

Target has been my go-to place every year, and interestingly enough, the same lady has made all my kids' birthday cakes!  I really should find out her name!  So, I ordered a ladybug cake for Becca, and as usual (and another reason why I LOVE this place!), Target delivered!  This cake is too cute!

And can I tell you how relieved Jared and I were when we saw Becca chowing down on her birthday cake?!  She's our best eater, and I'm glad that she'll be enjoying food like her momma!

We had a fun weekend celebrating Becca's birthay!  From a family party on Saturday to a picnic lunch on Sunday, to more ensuing festivities, like going to the Children's Museum, we truly were able to celebrate Becca, for the gift of who she is.

Happy first birthday to our snuggle bug! 

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Mid-Year Report

I realized that I've been posting more on my other blog than I have on this one.  And I really want to make a more concerted effort in documenting the life of our family.  However, I see some overlaps and I may take posts from my other blog and copy and paste them as I see fit.  I know some of you are rolling your eyes...sorry!  But for my fellow Type A's out there, you know what I mean.  Everything has a category, everything/events has a place! 

I titled this "Mid-Year Report" because it is...well, a little past the mid-year point.  But here's a quick run down of what's happened in 2012 so far...

- January:  my birthday and we celebrated Chinese New Year



- February:  Valentine's Day?  (nothing really eventful happened!)  Oh, I started selling my pillowcase dresses to people.

- March: Jenna's 3rd birthday.  We had a princess party!  Visit to the Chicago Children's Museum at Navy Pier as part of Jenna's birthday festivities.  Trip to Champaign to celebrate our nephew's first birthday.  Rachel and Rollin came to visit.


- April: Jared's birthday.  Easter.  Joshua's Spring soccer league started.  Joshua lost his first tooth!  Joshua started swim lessons.

- May:  Joshua's 6th birthday!  Birthday trip to Brookfield Zoo.  Our first garage sale.


- June: Goodbye Kindergarten, Hello Summer!  Family Vacation to Michigan.  Jared and my wedding anniversary. Playdates!!

- July:  July 16th - Joshua invited Jesus into his heart!  VBS.  Playdates!!

- August: Family Vacation to Green Bay!  Wiggles Concert!  Becca's 1st birthday!  First day of First Grade.

We had an AWESOME summer, to say the least!