Busy Bees

I’ve gotten that feeling that I know happens to a lot of bloggers. You go away for a little while for one reason or another, and then it seems like so much has happened to catch up. The more behind you are the more overwhelming it seems, but at the same time, you want to record what happened because you don’t want to forget. That’s what this log is for to begin with.

My right arm has been really hurting despite using my left hand for everything I can do one-handed. Don’t know what I’ll do about it yet. In the mean time, my husband is doing a lot of typing and checking things online for me along with a lot of other little things when he’s home. I’ve been kind of bummed on and off that I’m not doing all the things I’d like to be doing when I’m bored at home, especially since I had such a long list of goals for the new year that is being put off until later. On the bright side, I’ve still been doing a lot that I planned on doing like getting out more.

Here are just a few of the things we’ve been up to lately…

I took family photos for a friend.

Ybarra Family

After our photo shoot, we all went to Cici’s pizza, which was Cady’s first time. Also, she’s been wanting to wear pearls lately to copy me.

Cady

I made cupcakes for my sister’s 21st birthday.

Pink Mini Rose Cupcakes

We hung out at the lake where the ducks like to hang out before we went to a rodeo themed playdate party with the playgroup we recently joined.

Cady

Then in more news, we visited toddler time at the library for the first time. We also did a free trial class at the The Little Gym and have since decided to sign up.

Cady also had her 18 month checkup, and she is BIG– 29.4 pounds!
Weight: 95th percentile
Height: 97th percentile
Head: 97th percentile

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Cady’s First Birthday Party

Here it is finally. The long overdue post of Cady’s much anticipated first birthday. There were too many beautiful photos to post them all, but here are some of the details of the party itself.

I had started thinking about Cady’s August birthday party in January when she was about 5 months old. The birthday cake, smash cake, decorations, gift bags, and party favor bows were all handmade at home with love by Mommy with the help of other family members who were key to making sure everything went smoothly for the big day. Family from West Virginia and California even few in for a few days to celebrate the momentous occasion. There were three different outfits (luckily we were prepared for the messes that would inevitably occur), lots of trips to Michael’s Arts and Crafts, and many party blogs browsed for pink first birthday party ideas.

INVITATIONS
Shutterfly

PHOTOGRAPHY
Sarah Giles, Butterfly Chaser Photography

WHERE TO SHOP
The Chinese lanterns were purchased from Luna Bazaar
Hobby Lobby: candy jars, Wilton cupcake tower
Ebay: alligator hair clips for DIY hair clips
Dessert stands from Origin Crafts
Tiny pink chairs from Big Lots
Tiny white tables from Ikea

HELPFUL TUTORIALS:
Custom bottled water from Glorious Treats
Party hats from How Does She
Tissue paper poms from Sew Sweet Stitches
Photo garland from Samster Mommy
Fan fold flowers from Pigtails Paper Trails
Bows (party favors) from Mrs. Sassy Crafter

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Wilton Course 1, Lesson 4, Cake 3 (Final)

My last Course 1 cake. Strawberry cake with buttercream icing. I really enjoyed making the leaves. I’d love to do a cake just covered in leaves because they’re so much fun, but I can’t think of an excuse to do so yet.

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Wilton Course 1, Lesson 2, Cake 1

In our first class, we just learned about supplies we needed and preparing our cake for decorating.

We started learning decorating in our second class.

I made this red velvet cake right before Valentine’s Day. After we did our lessons, we didn’t have much time to work on our cakes, so I just used the star tip to do something quickly. You can see where the icing was too thin at the end.

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1st Birthday Party Planning Obessed

My baby is not even 6 months old yet, and I am obsessed with planning her birthday party. I’ll be planning this longer than some people plan their weddings. “Some people” including my husband and I. I can’t help it. I’m just so excited to celebrate all things Cadence, especially baby’s first year. Don’t get me wrong. She’s growing too quickly, and I don’t want to miss anything. It’s just that I also want to really make the most of all the special times we have and celebrate them in a really big way (although I don’t plan on inviting a lot of people other than family).

Then: 36 weeks pregnant

Now: Over 5 months old

The theme is going to be pink of course, and as for decor, I have ideas about fresh flowers, balloons, framed photos and Martha Stewart Poms.

Also, I love this photo garland from Samster Mommy’s tutorials, and it’s so much better than any plain “Happy Birthday” on a string.
Tim had the great idea of doing cupcakes instead of a big cake because that’s just too much cake for such a young one, so I picked out these invitations from Tiny Prints. I think I want to do some kind of split screen before (newborn) and after (current) look for the photo. Maybe. If it will look good.

It’s better this way because I was feeling a little pressured to make something spectacular, and decorating cupcakes is going to be a lot easier. I think this cupcake stand from Amazon would be perfect. I love the look shown here. I wonder how they made that tutu for the stand and if I can find out how to do it myself.

I haven’t decided how I’d like to top the cupcakes yet. With something edible like this or this or paper? It depends on how much time I want to spend on them. The paper ones are probably the fastest to make and the easiest to care for pre-party. I found a tutorial here that gave me some ideas on how I could do it. I do know I’d like to have easy to eat, yummy foods. I’m not going to cook since I’m sure I’ll have plenty to do as it is, but the Chili’s party platters are looking pretty appetizing to me.

As for her dress, something frilly and pink of course with a matching bow for her perfect little head.

My mom dressed me in fancy girl dresses, and even to this day, when I’m in a store, the things that catch my eye are the items that are sparkly, lacey, pleated, ruffly, and/or has bows or ribbons. In fact, despite being a 25 year old mother with a degree in political science, I was shopping downtown with my sister and found that I really needed to buy what could easily be described as a tutu– for myself! Don’t worry. I won’t be wearing it to the party. I’ll post a pic sometime.

Now, she’s going to need a vinyl bib to dig into that food with. I saw a lot of different, cute cupcake prints at JoAnn (they have more at the live store) that I’m dying to find excuses to use (maybe an apron, too?).

I know. I’m crazy. I’ve put a lot ot thought into this in my free time instead of the other, more productive things I should be doing. Have I forgotten anything? Probably not, although there is plenty of time to change my indecisive mind about things.

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Searching for the right fabric today…

A three piece Shabby Chic crib set at Target costs $119.99. A six piece Olivia crib set at Babies ‘R’ Us is $189.99. Now, I have a sewing machine that rarely gets put to good use and a lot of free time on my hands. I’ve decided to make my own crib bumper and crib skirt. Fitted sheets are $10.99 each and can be purchased in solid colors to match (you need more than one anyway). The baby blanket and diaper stacker aren’t really necessary, but I will go ahead and make them.

Coats & Clark has a book that lays out the instructions, and I can tell it’s going to be really easy to make. I just have to find the fabric patterns that I want. The foam for the bumpers can be purchased pre-cut, which is what I got. I also have coupons for Joann’s Fabrics. See, my sewing teacher told something very useful: at the store, they have this magazine, I guess you could call it, every season. It costs $2.99 and on the inside has sewing ideas, but on the back, it has six 50% and 40% off coupons. I’ve only used one to buy the bumper foam and saved $13.50.
Getting laid off wasn’t awesome since that was the right job for me right now, and it’s so hard to find something else like it nowadays. The project will give me something to do other than read, go to the library all the time, and take care of the dogs and puppies, which is good because I’m getting restless. Making dinner for Tim and buying groceries doesn’t take up the whole day. I’m really enjoying doing the baby preparation at the house though. Anyway, even with the cost of supplies, I’ll still come out on top, and I’ll have a custom nursery set that I had the pleasure and satisfaction of making myself.

The Simply Shabby Chic Lady Rose 3pc set from Target.com which includes the bumper, skirt, and fitted sheet for $119.99 plus tax and shipping.

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