His True Image
April 21, 2015

If you read my previous post, you’ll know that my sweet Chiquita turned the big ONE–two weeks ago–and is now walking around the house like nobody’s business! I’m still in disbelief and have begun to lament just how fast time goes.  Please. Stop. Growing.

In case you missed it last time, here is my precious Chiquita in her birthday dress!

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Last weekend we celebrated her birthday and it was pretty awesome!  In our family, FIRST birthdays tends to be a big shindig and I (the crazy mommy) like to hand-make as many of the decorations as I can.  Now, I am NOT a crafty person, but I enjoy making cute and easy things that will make my kid’s party look cute too…make sense?!  

The husband and I like to tease each other about our many “Nailed It” moments in life.  We have many. If you’re not familiar with the Pinterest “Nailed It” reference, you must check it out.  Hysterical!  So, since I’m not the craftiest tool in the shed and I didn’t want to be tormented by my husband’s ‘Nailed It’ comments, I decided to scour the world wide web (aka Pinterest) and find some easy BUT cute ideas!

I decided on a simple, yet elegant, Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star birthday theme.  Can’t get any easier than stars, PEOPLE!  Of course, after making a monumental Pinterest board, I quickly came to my senses and realized I needed to choose a few projects and execute them.  So I did. And might I add, they came out fantabulous!

The most time consuming decoration I wanted was a ‘wall-o-streamers’ like this one!  We have a huge, ugly wall that is the backdrop of many party photos and I really wanted to cover it up with something awesome.  The husband thought I was crazy but he graciously acquiesced to help me make it the night before the party.  It took us about 2.5 hours, but totally worth it!

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Here’s the husband putting the finishing touches on the yard with the streamers in the background, hanging in all their glory. I LOVE how it turned out!  We have a Pineapple Guava tree in front of the wall that I adorned with pictures of my babe during her first year.  I also hung some glitter stars to add to the theme!

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The week before the party I was a busy bee working on the other decorations for the party.  I made a glitter star banner with large gold letters and ribbon to hang over the food table.  Easy.peasy.  I also saw this adorable month-to-month garland and had to recreate it.  The doilies give it a vintage look and I was able to find some navy blue doilies in the dollar bins at Michaels Craft Store. SCORE!!

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And now for the pièce de résistance. After combing through Etsy for ideas, I was determined to make a ribbon banner to beautify Chiquita’s high chair.  I bought ribbons of various size, texture, and color from Hobby Lobby and tied them onto a piece of twine.  Easy. Peasy.  The result was phenomenal!!  The colors were vibrant and it made her high chair look oh so adorable and elegant.  Using the same glitter paper and letters from the star banner, I made the ‘ONE’ sign to hang over the ribbon garland.  Too cute!

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So, there you have it people.  A simple Twinkle Twinkle Little Star birthday with easy peasy Pinterest ideas brought to fruition via moi.  And I think I totally NAILED IT!

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April 7, 2015

“You formed my inmost being; you knit me in my mother’s womb.  I praise you, because I am wonderfully made; wonderful are your works! My very self you know.” (Psalm 139:13-14)

Every time I read this beautiful verse I am reminded of just how unique and special each of my children are.  Today we celebrate my youngest daughter’s FIRST birthday. It’s true what they say: Time flies when you’re having fun!  Chiquita, you have been a joy and such as blessing to our family.  Your constant smile and tenacity amaze me daily.  Our Lord made you quite wonderfully and I praise and thank Him for your tender soul.

For those family and friends who have not been able to see Chiquita grow this year, in person, I present to you: YEAR ONE!

Enjoy!

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ONE year!

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Happy Birthday, my love.