Sunday, April 15, 2012

Florence you glad we came?

Was that post title a stretch? The first week in April we took a day trip to Florence, Alabama, to visit relatives on Matt's side of the family, Aunt May and Cousin Vanessa (AKA "V"). Matt, Grandma Doe (Matt's mom), Molly Ruth, and I all went together and had a wonderful day.

Aunt May, Matt, and MR:

V, Matt, and MR:

We ate lunch at a delightful Mexican restaurant called Rosie's in downtown Florence and then went for a stroll afterward.

Lastly, we stopped at Trowbridge's Ice Cream Bar to cool down before heading home...

"Daddy, that's cold!"

Trying a chocolate malt...

I'm so glad we got to visit and can't wait to visit again!

Friday, April 13, 2012

It's raining babies...

...isn't that the sentiment that baby showers are meant to invoke? No? Well, it's kind of true for many of my friends and family at this stage in our lives and it's so fun!

The weekend after MR's birthday party, we attended a baby shower in Tennessee Ridge for my sweet cousin (and first time mommy), Tara.

It was a gorgeous, sunny day and we drove through some beautiful Tennessee countryside on our way to the shower...

MR loved looking at all of the presents and ineracting with everyone...

The hostesses of the shower did an excellent job tying the "pea in the pod" theme into the decor and refreshmets (and even the shower invitations)...

Tara got some beautiful gifts...

The yellow quilt above with sweet little elephants on it was handmade by her grandmother. It was absolutely gorgeous and a few tears of happiness were shed :)

Below is Aunt Jill (Tara's mom) with MR:

Candid belly shot:

Lastly, I made mom let me get a picture of her with Molly (she avoids having her picture taken at all costs):

Congratulations Tara on soon-to-be Baby Girl Weise! Your life will be forever changed in a way you didn't even know needed change. You are going to be a truly amazing mother. Your kind, open hearted, jovial spirit will transfer into motherhood well. :) Love you and can't wait to meet your little angel!

Thursday, April 5, 2012

First Birthday Event

Before I had a child, I was one of those people that said "If I ever have kids, I am not having a big birthday party with a bunch of people. It's overwhelming for the child, especially when they're really little."

And then I had a little girl who I want to shower with all the love and gifts in the world. And how could I not throw a birthday party in her honor? So, I started planning Molly Ruth's first birthday right after Christmas. Seriously. My inspiration came from a smocked dress with sweet little zoo animals on it. Our theme was zoo animals, but in sweet pastels (not a zoo safari theme). I found party supplies (cups, plates, napkins,etc.) online in the color theme I wanted on Birthday Direct's website.

Naturally, we wanted to invite all of our family, friends, and neighbors, which totaled 35 or so invitations. A little bit more than the 10-15 invitations I had originally imagined. When we went to the post office to pick out the stamps for the invitations, I asked the lady working there how many stamps were on a sheet. She answered with "25." And after pausing to think for a second, I said "Ok, we'll need two sheets then." To which she replied, "Oh, so you're having a first birthay event."

So, we had a wonderful first birthday event for Miss Molly Ruth on the Saturday after her birthday...

Regretfully, I didn't get as many pictures as I would have liked because I was so busy making sure all the decorations were just right and visiting with our guests. I think that next year I will designate someone with photography skills as the official photographer so I can make sure to have plenty of pictures! This was the only picture I got of the full tablescape...

We had pink ribbon streamers hanging off of the chandelier that were anchored with different white zoo animals. I found the zoo animals in the $1 bin at Target and had Matt spray paint them white. Cheap, easy, and oh so cute!

Her birthday cake had a monkey on top with little pink glasses on. Then, each tier had silhouettes of the animals that were on the plates and napkins. And let me tell you, the cake tasted even better than it looked, if you can believe it! We used a local bakery called 'Tis So Sweet and I highly recommend them if you are in the Spring Hill area.

The picture above is MR with our good friends Tali and Will. Thank you Tali for MR's Build-A-Bear named Jewel (that had its own pair of glasses!) So sweet and thoughtful.

I can't get enough of those little curls!

Now that I'm a stay at home mom, I've put pressure on myself to be more crafty. So, I made most of the birthday decorations. I loved how this picture display of the first year of her life turned out:

I also made a ribbon skirt for her highchair (I got the idea from Pinterest and saw a similar one for sale on Etsy for $30!) It cost around $5 for me to make mine and it turned out great!

Below are my Auntie KK (who looks thrilled to be having her picture taken, might I add), Grandma Marsh (who Molly calls "Maaaaa"), and my cousin Allie (who is MR's godmother).

Here are Matt and Molly with our niece, Sara, and her brand new baby boy, Mason:

My sweet cousin, Sarah, holding my sweet niece, Mallie Kate.

Molly Ruth had a blast opening presents..

and enjoyed the attention as we sang to her...

She was a little apprehensive to dig into her smash cake...

but caught on pretty quickly!

More family pics with cousin Tara (expecting a baby girl in May) and her husband, Jeff, Paul and Hil and Mallie Kate, and us...

Lastly, here are the party favors:

A local lady made these and the detail on them was amazing. They also tasted reeeeally good.

Thank you to everyone who came out and celebrated with us! It meant so much to us and we look forward to the next birthday event! :)