Thursday, December 22, 2011

Callie's Milk & Cookies Party

Our sweet baby girl turned one on November 30th.  I still can't believe she is already a year old.  Her first year flew by way too fast.  It has been a wonderful year and she has made our family complete.  I remember being nervous while pregnant wondering how it would be possible to love another child as much as I loved Cain.  Now I fully understand that it IS possible to love two children just as much as one.  God certainly made our hearts grow larger the second we laid our eyes on Callie the day she was born.

While we were in Louisiana for Thanksgiving we celebrated Callie's 1st birthday with a 'Milk & Cookies' themed party.  Thanks to the internet I was able to find several 'Milk & Cookies' party ideas and in the end the party turned out just as I had envisioned.

We had the party at my parents house and instead of having cake for everyone we had tons of cookies  and petit fours.

And I set up a 'milk station' with several flavors of milk for everyone to choose from.

I ended up using Starbucks frappuccino bottles to serve the milk and I think it turned out really cute.  We even stuck the bottles in the freezer ahead of time so they could be good and cold for the milk.

And of course with milk you need milk mustaches!!

The milk mustaches were a huge hit with kids and adults!!!

Callie loves food and loves to eat so I thought she would go crazy on her birthday cake.  But she was very dainty and never made a big mess like I expected her to.  I think she was a little intimidated with all the people watching her and singing to her.  Cain heard us singing "Happy Birthday" and ran in the room and started singing "Happy Birthday" to his sister.  I thought it was so sweet.

I was happy that it worked out for us to be able to have Callie's birthday party while we were in Louisiana.  Cain's first two birthday parties were also in Louisiana and it always means so much to me that our closest friends and family have been with us to celebrate these special events.

Callie did get into the gifts a little more than she did the cake.  She seemed to enjoy playing with her new toys as she opened them.

I think Callie had a wonderful first birthday.  It wouldn't have been the same without all of our great friends and family being there to celebrate with us.  So thank you to everyone that was at the party.  We love you all very much!

And since I've already had a few people ask me where I got everything for her party....

Her cute milk & cookies dress came  I've ordered a couple of dresses for Callie from this website and the owner has been great to work with.  Her thanksgiving dress also came from this company.

I found her party invitations and other party items on etsy.  The etsy site is Paper & Lace Collections.  A sweet girl named Courtney owns this site and she was great to work with.  She made the invitations, cookie labels, milk bottle labels, and provided the striped party favor bags and stickers to put on them.

I ended up making the thank you notes myself and used some pictures from the party.  I made a postcard that could be mailed out with the thank-you on the back and the following pictures on the front.

Monday, December 19, 2011

Thanksgiving 2011

Today starts my day of catching our blog up to date.  I figure it's probably a good idea to post our Thanksgiving pictures before Christmas gets here on Sunday.

We traveled to Louisiana for Thanksgiving and had a wonderful time while we were there.  We were able to see several friends and Brad was able to go deer hunting with my dad.  He even killed his first deer so that was very exciting.

Yummy sweet potatoes
Brad and my dad heading to the hunting camp 
I love this picture of Callie and my granddad.  It's probably my favorite picture. 
I can't believe Thanksgiving has come and gone and it will be Christmas in a few days.  This year went by way too fast.  

We have so much to be thankful for.  Not just at Thanksgiving but every single day!!

Friday, December 9, 2011

Way behind...

I realize I am WAY behind on updating our blog.  I've started getting not so nice messages from one of the grandmoms (love you MeMaw) and several of my friends telling me I've taken a long enough break and it's time to get back to blogging again.  So I apologize for taking a not so short break.  I guess the following are all of my excuses...

Traveling to Louisiana for Thanksgiving...

Making memories with great friends who drug me out for my first Black Friday shopping adventure...

Endless planning for Callie's 1st Birthday party...

Spending way too many hours searching for a new Christmas tree and decorating it...

Taking Callie for her one year well check-up...

Having fun watching Cain sing at school...

Cleaning the same endless messes...

And simply just lounging around with my family...

So there you have it...all my excuses for not blogging much lately.  Please forgive me.  I promise to do better and not take another long break again for awhile.  At least I hope not to.