Sunday, November 5, 2017

Eli & Maddie's Winter ONEderland Party

This weekend we celebrated Eli and Maddie's first birthday with family. We wanted to keep things simple, but I was still able to use a little bit of my creative side to make a fun party :)

We had a Winter ONEderland theme...because of our precious baby snowflakes! It's hard to believe that our baby loves are already 1 year old. And it amazes us how the Lord has been gracious to us. This was one of the milestones that we prayed for, dreamed of, hoped for. And being able to celebrate with grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins just made for a really special day.

I have been slowly pulling together some winter and snowflake decor, and it was a fun creative project for me to work on during nap time. I used my Silhouette Cameo for most of it, and it made for some fairly easy {and inexpensive} decor!

I also decided to make the cupcakes for the party. They were nothing special {I used a box mix}, but I borrowed Lindsay's royal icing recipe and tried my hand at making the candied snowflakes. They were FAR from perfect, but they didn't turn out too bad and everyone seemed to enjoy them.

Special ones for the birthday boy and girl!

We grabbed a few Papa Murphy's pizzas, fruit and veggie trays, and just enjoyed time with family! We were so thankful to have all of the grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins there to celebrate with us. Maddie struggled a little bit with all of the people and attention, but once she latched on to her comfort people {that day it was Daddy and Grandma}, she started to relax and have fun. Eli had a blast! :)

It's her party and she'll cry if she wants to...

We have been trying our best to avoid sugar, so having a cupcake was Eli and Maddie's first real exposure to it. They both weren't too sure at first, but eventually got the hang of it. They ended up playing with it more than actually eating it. It's probably a good thing that they didn't think it was the best thing they had ever had...keep letting them enjoy their veggies! :)

Daddy thanking Jesus for our baby snowflakes :)

Our family was extremely generous with their birthday presents for Eli and Maddie. Eli caught on to the whole opening presents thing pretty quickly. Maddie still didn't love the attention, but she latched on to the first toy she opened and seemed content from there. Of course, now that her guests are gone, she has LOVED playing with everything that she received.

We had such a fun day celebrating, and we are so thankful to our family for helping to make the day special. Happy Birthday, Eli and Maddie! :)

Saturday, November 4, 2017

Eli & Maddie's First Birthday Photos

We had our own little home photo shoot for Eli and Maddie's 1st birthday. I made their first birthday outfits and loved how they turned out! And what's more perfect for a photo shoot than cute outfits and a first birthday? :)

The photos are FAR from professional quality...both kiddos had snotty noses and were more interested in the decorations than smiling for the camera. But you know, it's real life around here these days! :)

Happy 1st Birthday, sweet baby loves!!

Friday, November 3, 2017

Watch Maddie Grow!

I can't believe our sweet girl is 1 year old! I thought it would be fun to watch her grow over the whole year :)