Partying It Up!

Partying It Up!

One of our sweet church friends had a birthday party- and we had a blast!

I went to college with Trinka, his momma. We spent one year on the same hall, and now they live in our town and Remi and her littlest are the same age!

Remi was THRILLED when we arrived to see their big trampoline. (I’ll be honest, this nervous Nelly momma was a little anxious about her jumping with big kids, but she did well)


It was a dino party, and this ThreeRex sign was THE CUTEST.  Trinka throws the cutest parties!


One of my dearest friends is marrying into their family, so we got to visit at the party! She is due ANY DAY NOW with a precious baby boy! I can’t wait for her to be a momma!


Remi loved the dino masks (blue, of course!)


And then they all played with the dinos (which Trinka had put tiny party hats on! SO cute!)


This is the best pic I could get of the busy birthday boy, Nash and Remi. They had opened his new bug catching kit!


Partying with friends is so much fun….and it just makes me more excited for Remi’s birthday coming up!

Sesame Street Second Birthday

Sesame Street Second Birthday

I always love recapping the details of a party because I find other’s posts online SO HELPFUL when looking for ideas.  I mean, this party is far from “Pinterest worthy” but it was fun and (I think) looked cute!

I had initially bought these banners to hang, but we were not allowed to attach anything to the walls or ceilings, so I mounted them on cardboard and we propped them up against the walls.

We served food- in this picture: hot dogs (Mr. Hooper’s Hot Dogs), goldfish (Dorothy’s goldfish), and pasta salad (Mr. Noodle’s pasta salad).  You can also kind of see the ducky straw cups I got from Oriental Trading.  They were a hit with the kids and adults alike.

We have favors that were finger paint pouches and sunglasses.  The tag said: This party was brought to you by the letter R and the number 2! Hope you had fun! Thank you for coming!

I made Rubber Ducky Punch- blue raspberry Hawaiian punch and Sprite topped with marshmallows for the bubbles!

I took a plastic pumpkin from Michael’s and sprayed it with primer and blue spray paint…glued on styrofoam balls and black paper circles and we had a Cookie Monster!  The kids loved grabbing cookies out of his mouth.

I made Monster fruit, veggie and cheese trays.  They were a little prettier before the drive to town…

I made Bert out of pineapple, blackberries and a clementine.  His eyes are yogurt and blueberries

Big Bird was cheese cubes, carrots and ranch with olives for eyes.

And Elmo was strawberries, a clementine and blueberries with yogurt and blueberry eyes.  (his blueberries got a little crazy on the drive!)

This was our fun display!  I got the personalized sign from Zulily months ago.   The paper cut outs on sticks were from Etsy.

I had this banner made from Vistaprint and it was perfect for our cupcakes.  We just did rainbow cupcakes with Sesame Street picks I found on Amazon.

These paper lanterns were meant to be hung, but we couldn’t hang anything in our room.  So I cut off the strings and glued them to a piece of plastic for the base.

And the felt balls were from months ago. Again, I wanted to hang them, but couldn’t, so they made cute table decorations.

This was our entire set up.  The red bucket is full of water bottles on ice.

The gifts went on the same table as the favors and I moved a chair over there for Remi to open gifts.


It was so fun and perfect for our sweet two year old!

Weekend Recap: Church Baby Shower

Weekend Recap: Church Baby Shower

We had another great weekend- but this one was mostly focused on baby girl. Friday night we spent some time together and then Saturday we headed to the hospital for the birth class.

I’ll be honest, it was a bit of a waste of time and SUPER traumatic (I didn’t need to see the ultra-graphic C-section video!!!)….but whatever. We did it.

Saturday evening, Tyler worked overtime and I hung out with my friend Rachel. It was great to catch up and visit.

Sunday was the big exclamation point on the weekend- my final baby shower! This was a church shower hosted by my life group and several other sweet ladies.

It was wonderful.

It was the biggest shower I’ve had simply because there were so many people invited.

They did a sweet job of keeping food diabetic friendly- in fact, there was no cake! 🙂

It was a mix of cute circus decor and sweet baby girl pink. LOVE.

The food and decor table in the back….

Rachel made such a cute wrap for the sign in podium. I ADORE that elephant fabric!

My friend Christina made a fruit baby! How cute is that?  And the animal crackers and peanuts? I died.

They also made me a punch alternative with some fruit infused water. Yum!

The veggies took on a cute flower shape…

And they used this ferris wheel to hold sliced veggies! 

This wasn’t all the hostesses (some had already left and a couple couldn’t be there) SO thankful for these ladies in my life!

The gifts were SO fun. It was hilarious to see what people gave me based on MY personality- lots of animal print, ruffles, and ADORABLE shoes.

In fact, one of my friends moms told me she wasn’t giving me anything practical. And I DIED when I saw these Michael Kors baby sneakers in the bottom of her gift bag. Y’all.  They are gold and white. And perfection.

The room kept “awe…..”ing at everything cute I pulled out.  I’m SO grateful for the practical gifts (bath stuff, diapers, pacifiers) but we got some amazing things. A handmade quilt, a handmade gorgeous stroller blanket, TONS of clothes, a sweet cross to hang in her room….so many thoughtful things.

I also had lots of helpers. Rachel took care of moving the opened gifts and trash, Amy took notes, and sweet Aubrey helped us bring gifts from the table.

I’m in awe of the community I have. Women who are already cheering me on toward motherhood. Celebrating and praying for this sweet baby. It’s such a blessing that I never want to take for granted.

I hope you had a great weekend as well!

Weekend Recap: Work Baby Shower and Nursery Time

Weekend Recap: Work Baby Shower and Nursery Time

What a great weekend! (I know I say that a lot, but it takes a lot of not-great to ruin two days with my people off of work!).

When I walked into work Friday, I saw this ADORABLE set up waiting for our work shower. I wish I had gotten a pic of the table covered in gifts, but I mean, how stinking cute is this carnival table?

My coworkers don’t do anything small. We are GO BIG people. So this baby shower was no exception. Following the carnival theme, we had homemade cotton candy. Mark was spinning it up!

We had a great lunch with fun carnival foods and then opened gifts. After working for 4 years with most of these people, they know me. Got lots of practical things, but also some sequined bows. 🙂

So thankful for them, and to have another group of people anxiously awaiting baby girl’s arrival!

Friday evening, we were hanging out in the nursery doing a few things, and the dogs were trying to claim their spot on the glider. I forsee a very full lap soon- baby and two dogs!

Saturday I took Pip to the vet (poor bear has an allergy and won’t leave his paws alone!) and then we hung out at home doing laundry and such.

Saturday night, I went and walked around the mall with Tyler as he patroled during overtime. It’s nice that he has a job where I can spend a little time with him.  I just have to understand that we can’t always talk (when he’s watching a situation closely) and that sometimes he has to go handle things…but it’s great to be together!

Sunday morning, Mikey rolled in SOMETHING that stunk. So he got a bath before church for sure! Ick!

We did church and then some family downtime. Much needed rest. I’m more tired every day!