Monthly Archive: September 2014

Sep 15

It’s All in the Details

As I mentioned before, I had so much fun decorating for Charlotte’s first birthday party! I figure that this is probably the first and last party that I get to determine the theme, so I made sure to have a great time planning for it. I want to remember all that went in to that day, so I thought I’d document some of the details that went into making it so special.


I asked Eric’s Mom for photos of him when he was one. She sent me the sweetest snapshots! He was (and still is) such a cutie! I displayed both of our one year pictures for people to compare how Charlotte looks to us at the same age. Its All in the Details I drew inspiration from one of my favorite blogs, Sugar Bee Crafts (who also happens lives close to us! holla), for these massive prints of Charlotte’s One Year photos. I had them printed at Office Max for a whopping $3.57. They’re 24×36 prints and I mounted them on insulation board from Hobby Lobby ($2.50 each). It was the easiest and fastest project ever, and I can’t believe how well they turned out. Everyone thought they were canvas prints. Several people commented on how expensive they must’ve been. They were shocked when I told them that they were in fact quite cheap! I’ll be putting them up on the walls of her playroom soon. Its All in the DetailsIts All in the DetailsI set out the Shutterfly photo books I’ve made for her over the year, as well as the scrapbook my Mom has made of her life thus far! She is such a crafty lady! Its All in the DetailsFor food, we did snacks and drinks. I found the cute chalkboard tags at TJ Maxx (top 5 favorite places to shop!). Its All in the DetailsIts All in the DetailsThe kiddos at the party received party favors, which were coloring books, crayons and a little tag thanking them for coming to the party. Its All in the Details My Mom made this amazing Happy Birthday bunting banner. It was the perfect “vintage chic” touch!Its All in the Details Its All in the DetailsBrandon was so nice to hang out with the birthday girl while I ran around making the final touches. It was even during the Nebraska game….and if you know anything about Brandon, you know that holding a fussy baby during the game was quite a sacrifice. That’s a super guy for ya! Its All in the DetailsI printed Charlotte’s month-by-month photos and displayed them in a banner for everyone to see how much she’s grown and changed!  Its All in the Details Its All in the Details


Finally, i needed an extra special way to thank everyone for being a part of Charley’s big day…and her first year as a whole. I created some amazing thank you cards at Treat, a branch of Shutterfly whom I adore and use on a monthly basis for photo printing and book making. I was super excited to give Treat’s cards a try, and of course loved them!

Its All in the Details

Its All in the Details

Its All in the DetailsThey’re beautiful, personalized, and super high quality. I see lots of fun card-making in the future!


Hope everyone has a great week 🙂

Sep 10

Party Animal

The birthday weekend has come and gone. We were all exhausted by Sunday night! But, seriously, i can’t imagine it going any better than it did. Charlotte did SO well with all the people and excitement. That little girl never ceases to amaze me.
I decorated my little heart out. I think I found my new calling…party planning. I love everything about it! And I couldn’t have made this party a reality without my Mom’s help! She did all the grocery shopping, made her birthday banner, made cookies, while I laid on the couch with a stomach virus that decided to grace me with it’s presence on Thursday and Friday before her party. Thanks again, Mom!
We woke her up from her nap on Saturday with balloons in her crib! She really didn’t know what was going on, haha. Party Animal Party AnimalThe kids played together while the adults visited. It was so cute to see all of our friend’s kids in one room getting along so well.
Party AnimalParty AnimalAnd just look at this love! Charley saw that her BFF, Charlotte (yes it’s confusing), was at the party. She crawled quickly over to her and gave her the biggest hug!! Is that not the cutest thing in the world?!? As you can see by our faces, it melted us! Party Animal And of course we did a smash cake! Because what’s a first birthday party without one?Party Animal Party Animal   Party Animal Party Animal She was very delicate with her cake. Once she realized how delicious the icing was, she put huge gobs of it in her mouth. Pretty cute watching her eat her first bit of sugar!Party AnimalParty AnimalParty AnimalParty AnimalWe opened all of the wonderful presents. Charley loved the green frog so much, she had to give it a big hug! What is with this sweet girl and her hugs? I can’t even handle it. Party Animal Party Animal Our good friends (more like family) came to visit from Owasso, OK. We had such a fun time celebrating with them. Jenn is expecting a baby boy in December, so we will have lots more to celebrate very soon!!Party Animal Party Animal Party AnimalAnd Sunday, the Haug family came over to celebrate Charlotte and Uncle Steve’s birthdays! We had lunch, opened presents, and enjoyed the beautiful weather.  Party Animal Party Animal Party Animal Party Animal Party AnimalLast weekend was the best time! I’m so glad everything went as well as it did. Thanks again to everyone who helped us celebrate Charley’s first year of life!

Sep 09

Birthday Girl!!

Birthday Girl!! Charlotte is officially one! I was so emotional leading up to her first birthday. It really brought back memories of the day she was born and of the year we have had. It’s been the most monumental year of our lives, for a lot of reasons. Charlotte has brought so much joy to ours, as well as our family and friend’s lives. I reflect back and think of how scary and frustrating is was (with the colicky days, sleepless months, breastfeeding experiences, and my medical troubles), but mostly how joyful and blessed it has been. I feel so lucky to be her Mom. God has been so good throughout this year, that I’m just constantly flooded with gratitude. I can’t wait for all the fun (and challenges) that are to come!

I’m sharing some of the AMAZING photos my good friend, Jaimie, captured for us of our sweet ONE year old!Birthday Girl!! Birthday Girl!! Birthday Girl!! Birthday Girl!! Birthday Girl!! Birthday Girl!! Birthday Girl!! Birthday Girl!! Birthday Girl!! Birthday Girl!! Birthday Girl!! Birthday Girl!! Birthday Girl!!  Birthday Girl!!Birthday photos are coming next….get excited!

Sep 02

The Ol’ Tire Swing

The Ol Tire Swing

Hope you all had a great Labor Day weekend! Since Eric and I got married on Labor Day weekend 4 years ago, the weekend always brings me back to that time. SO many fun memories!

We enjoyed the holiday weekend at home this year. It was full of fantasy football drafts (4 to be exact), smoking meat, chopping down trees (dead ones), and seeing friends. Eric took advantage of the outdoor time and hung the much-anticipated tire swing in the front yard! He recently had his tires replaced and opted for keeping the tires to “recycle” them at home. Although Charlotte won’t officially be able to swing on it for a couple of years, it’s fun for adults! We are looking forward to many memories being made out here in the future. Have a good week! The Ol Tire Swing