Its long overdue, but I am finally getting around to writing about Miss Emma's birthday. It was a day full of family, food, laughter, and of course cake. I have to admit I couldn't wait to see Emma eat her cake and get frosting everywhere. It was the craziest, busiest, but best birthday that we could ask for. So many family members came out to celebrate Emma's big day. We started the day off by exploring the Farmers Market and getting the last few items needed for the party. We then came home and got the food out and everything ready to go. Then it was the dreaded waiting game. I hate waiting. So what to do while waiting. Why crochet, be silly, and in Emma's case give you the puppy dog eyes. Seriously how do you say No to that little face. But soon enough family started showing up, and kept showing up until our home was completely packed with people. If I counted right there was about 17 people in our tiny living room. Its a good thing we all love each other. Its not very often that both sides of our family has a chance to meet together. It was perfect having so many people who love Emma there with us. The rest of the party was full of eating, opening presents, laughing, and of course eating cake. It was so fun watching Emma with her other cousins. I love that messy face. I think the cake was a success! And can I say that I am super proud of that cake. First time making a fondant cake whoo hoo. The whole party was super fun. After the party broke up, we ended the day by going to the park with my parents and grandparents. It was the perfect celebration for the cutest little girl. I am so glad that so many family members traveled so far to celebrate with us. Now to start planning her next birthday... (just kidding ;) )
And I am back! This past month has been so busy.I have been working on a lot of projects, trying to meet goals that I have set, and of course play with my daughter everyday :) Life got so busy that something just had to give. Unfortunately that meant my blog. As much as I love to blog, it was not worth stressing about amongst my long list of things to do. But now my crazy few weeks are over and life is getting back to normal.... well as normal as it gets around here. I am so excited to post a few DIY projects that I have created, along with Hot Air balloon theme party ideas, and of course pictures from Emma's first birthday. I just can't believe my little girl has turn one. This past year has flown by. But before I bombard you with pictures of Little Miss Emma, I want to share with you some things that I have learned that past couple of weeks.
- Its okay to ask for help. As much as I would love to take on the world by myself, I can't. It is okay, and good, to ask people around you for help. In fact it is way more fun not doing everything on your own.
- Its okay if a project doesn't come out perfect. Sometimes when you make a mistake, it comes out even better. This one I am still working on accepting, but it is so important. Too often I start to work on a project, trying to create something from a imaginary picture inside my head. More often then not, it dose not turn out exactly as I had plan. At first I am tempted to get frustrated and throw the whole project away. But then I take the challenge to make it even better then the original idea. And you know what, I usually end up loving the finished product.
- You don't have to go crazy and do everything imaginable. Imagine it is your daughters first birthday and you start looking through Pinterest for ideas. Soon you begin to think that unless you do a hug massive overhaul to your house, and make everything from scratch, then you have failed as a mom. I am here to tell you that this is so not true. It is okay to not do everything that you see on Pinterest . If you try you might just get completely stressed out and not enjoy the day. I almost made this mistake. I had to many things that I wanted to do. I even convinced myself that I had to do everything or else I would be a complete failure. Luckily I have an amazing husband that talked some sense into me before it got to bad. And you know, her birthday still turned out perfect without me doing everything off of Pinterest (Side note: I still love Pinterest and use it probably way to often)
- Last thing that I continue to learn is, when things go wrong, just laugh. I love to laugh! What perfect opportunity to do so when things go wrong. The best thing about laughter is that it puts things into perspective... and it is just fun :)
The super cute hot air balloon cards are done. I had so much fun making each and every one of these. There are not two of them that are exactly alike, I love that part. The cards were super easy to make which is a huge plus. It helped that I have a Cricut. That machine is seriously a life saver. It helped cut down the time it took to make the cute little hot air balloons. Like I said before, its super easy. Since I loved how it turned out so much, I am going to tell you how I made these lovely cards. Here is what you need for one cute hot air balloon card... 3 three inch circles buttons, brads, anything you want to use really ribbon stamps (you could use stickers, or had write if you prefer) cute paper Directions: First cut you paper to make 5X7 cards (2 pieces for one card) Next cut out your 3 circles. place a strip of glue in the middle of each circle and place them on top of each other. Pull/bend the sides of the circles up. It will give it the 3D effect. Now cut out a square shape to use as the little basket and 4 pieces of ribbon. Connect the circle with the basket by using the ribbon and glue them on the page (Put the ribbon under the basket and the circles. Then glue the basket and circles on the page. It will make the ribbon stay without getting your ribbon all sticky will glue) Next cut a strip of paper to use as a saying on the front. Now it is time to spruce up the card by adding the buttons onto the basket Fill the strip of paper you previously cut with simple but cute saying. The saying I used was "off and away." It seemed to fit the birthday party perfectly. I used stamps to complete this step, but you can use anything you want. The possibilities are endless. Inside the Card (the next page of the card) For the inside of the card I decided to keep it simple. So all I did was come up with acute poem (with the help of my husband) to invite people to come to Emma's birthday party. All I did was type this poem up on my computer and printed off on card stock. Super easy right! Then to help everyone know whee we got her birthday theme from I printed off a quote from Dr.Seuss and placed it on the back on the second card. Now for the last step. Connecting the two pieces together. I used my eyelets to do this. But it would be super cute to use brads or even ribbon to attach the two pieces of paper together. These birthday cards turned out even better then I expected. I am getting more and more excited for Emma's birthday party. Check back soon for a sneak peek of what I am doing for decorations.
I can't believe it! Emma is turning ONE. It must be a trick. It couldn't have been almost a year ago that I had her. Time is just going by to fast. But, I have to admit that I am so excited for her birthday party. Thanks to Pinterest I am full of way to many ideas that I want to do for it. Its going to be great. I was going to wait until her birthday to do the grand reveal of her party, but then I thought why not bring you along on my adventure! So as I create and plan, I'll keep you in the loop. And if this makes you want to throw a party for a one year old,.... well its not my fault. I blame Pinterest ;) First up.. the Theme Okay so there are a million of ways that I could have gone with Emma's first birthday Tea Party Little Ballerina Pinwheels How cute Emma would have been in a little tutu. Or it would have been so special to use her tea set that her Grandma gave her at my baby shower. And those Pinwheel are just too cute. I love the colors that they used! There were tons of other ideas that I came across beside these three. But what I loved most of all were all the Hot Air balloon ideas Here is what originally inspired me. Source Source Are not those the cutest ideas ever! I am so in love with the little cake pops and the hot air balloon center piece. I love any excuse to pretend that I am going on a hot air balloon (its a dream of mine ...and I am sure Emma's) Ever since I saw these two pictures, I have been bursting with ideas. I am not sure two weeks is going to be enough time to make everything lol! Jake is getting excited about all my plans... I think that it is because I am doing a practice cake this weekend. Then again, I'm excited for the practice cake. It's going to be delicious. Between now and the Cake the goal is to finish all of Emma's hot air balloon birthday cards. They are turning out so cute. I can't wait to show them off. But that will have to wait until tomorrow. What would you do for a little girls first birthday?
I just love going to church on Easter Sunday. Growing up it was one of my favorite Sundays to go to church. My mom would put together a music program that the choir sung along with a little narration.The music program would take the place of the talks usually given. Although I am no longer in Idaho and attending church with my parents, I still love the messages that come across on Easter. It is a time for us all to refocus on the amazing gift of the atonement and the love our Savior has for us. I know that Christ came to earth and suffered all that I may return to live with my Father in Heaven. It it because of the atonement that I can repent of my weaknesses and be forgiven. Not only that but he knows and understands everything that I go through. The good and the bad. How amazing is that! How often we go through trials and at times feel completely alone. But we are not alone. Our Savior has felt every pain that we may go through. He understands and can help ease our burden if we just follow him. I came across this video the other day and I love it. If you have time, watch it, it is simply amazing. On a different note, with all the business of Easter Sunday we went the whole day without taking a single picture of Emma in her Easter dress. So on Monday we went to our nearby park to take some family pictures. We had so much fun taking the photos. And I decided Jake has a natural talent in using our fancy camera. Most of mine like to turn out blurry, his not so much. One day I will learn how to use that thing :) I am just so glad that we were able to document Emma's first Easter. Now I cant wait to get some of the pictures printed off. We finally have a family picture that is frame worthy! Here is a little peek into a crazy amount of photos that we took. Emma just loves her Daddy and her Daddy just can't get enough of his little girl. Our Family Photos <3 P.S~ I am so excited for tomorrow! The General Conference for my church starts. To learn more about my faith click here. To watch General Conference click here.