Saturday, February 18, 2012

Another One Bites the Dust

Kristopher is sick too... He can't breathe. His head is cloudy and his chest is congested. Not sleeping well. No energy. We are 0/4. Heavy sigh. Cue the violin music.

Thursday, February 16, 2012


Well, our current status is not very fun -- we are sickly sick. All of us. Except for Kristopher, who  has remained unscathed so far. Charlotte started with croup last week. Then Barrett had high fever and was diagnosed with a sinus infection on Monday. And then I was diagnosed with a sinus infection, ear infection, and walking pneumonia on Tuesday. And then the pediatrician called in antibiotics for Charlotte on Wednesday because she still wasn't better from the croup last week. I'm just so grateful that they called in the medicine for her without me having to bring her back for a second appointment. Because with the way I feel, there's a 50/50 chance I would have shown up in my my bathrobe. And no one wants that. Trust me. I'm just hoping that we all get better soon because this marks Day Eight and a Half of sickness in our house and everyone is starting to wear a little thin.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Buttercup's Birthday

Charlotte is one year old! 
Big laugh from the birthday girl!
Ahh ~ it is so hard to believe that our baby girl is already growing up.  I think I will continue to call her "baby Charlotte" though.  I'm her mom, so I'm entitled to those kinds of executive decisions, right?  I hope so.

Charlotte's monogram on our front door for the party.
The pink organza bow is the one we used when she came home from the hospital!

I had so much fun planning her frilly party.  I wanted it to be as girly and sweet as her little personality, starting with the invitations and printables designed by Lauren Haddox.  I love her ideas!!
Pretty invitation and enclosure card

Lauren's printable drink bottle wrappers

"Fancy" food, one-year-old style: chicken popovers, PBJ pinwheels, white chocolate covered cherries, cake dip, and white chocolate covered oreo pops sprinkled with pearls~
 We decided to have a cupcake table to let the kiddos decorate their own cupcake.  I just set up un-iced cupcakes, and had several cans of squirt icing and lots of sprinkles and cupcake toppers~
Thankfully, the weather cooperated so we could have the cupcake table outside!  Otherwise, I'd probably be vaccuuming sprinkles from in between the cracks of the hardwoods until Christmas.  :)  The good weather also allowed us to have have the inflatable jumpy, bubble station, and sidewalk chalk fun.
Who knew that Charlotte's January birthday party would have more comfortable weather than Barrett's steamy late September birthday??

Finally, time for cake!!
~Birthday girl high chair~

Tiny smash cake

"Big" cake, for the adults
I'd been practicing buttercream roses so I could make a cake that was completely covered with them. 
The more icing, the better, right??

We decided to take off her silk dress so she could enjoy the cake.  But, she still wore her pearls :)

And last, but not least -- the party favors!
Can you spy the colorful bags hanging on either side of the windows?
Monogrammed tote bags with ribbon trim for the kiddos!  Perfect size to carry a lunch, use at the nursery drop-off, or just carry treasures :)

Cute printable favor tags designed by Lauren!

It was a wonderful day!  Thank you to all our family and friends who made Charlotte's birthday so special!
We love you, Charlotte!
Happy Birthday ~ ~ ~