A pretty little craddle for her 3rd birthday.

On Friday we celebrated my little girl’s 3rd birthday. It was nothing fancy but it had everything she requested…

chocolate cupcakes
and balloons.
For her gift I repainted an old wooden cradle that I picked up from a yard sale this summer for $2.
Then I made some cute little bedding for the cradle out of one of her old Easter dresses.
The pad was made from the main part of the dress and I used the gathered top part of the dress to make a little pillow.
The crochet (or knitted) blanket is actually a place mat that I picked up at a yard sale this summer. So cute isn’t it? (I loved it so much that it actually became the inspiration for their playroom, which you will see soon!)
Since I couldn’t stop there, I made bear-bear a bunch of clothes using her old outgrown baby clothes. It was such a fun and cheap gift and I loved upcycling all of those outgrown baby clothes. It is so sweet watching her play dress up with some of the clothes she used to wear.

Thirty 3

It was a store bought Boston Cream Pie that had lost a quarter of its frosting on the way home.
It was celebrated a day late.
There were no decorations and we were all in our J’s, except for Daddy who made it home just in time.
We couldn’t find the candles since they are buried in someones box of Lincoln Logs.
Those cute little plates were not used and instead we just dug right in with our forks.

It was the first time all 3 sang “Happy Bird-day to Momma”!
It was the best gift this momma was given.

It was far from being the “perfect” party, but it was perfect for this momma at thirty 3!

four.

Today is our little boy turns 4. He is our nonstop chatterbox that will talk to anyone and tell them anything and everything. He loves his tractors almost as much as his tools. He can use a screwdriver and a hammer almost as good as any man and definitely better than his momma. His daddy is his #1 and wakes up extra early every morning just to give him a hug and a kiss goodbye before he goes to work. He is a relentless little boy that loves to do things his way and will always tell you how he likes things done. He takes such good care of his baby sister but always competes with his little missy girl. He still sleeps with piggie and chippie and we always have to sing the ABC song when tucking him into bed. He is so sweet and loving and we are so lucky to have him as our son!
Happy birthday little buddy!

Our handmade caterpillar birthday party.

I received a few emails asking about our little homemade caterpillar party that we had for our baby girl’s birthday. Some of you were wondering if I made the caterpillar “party hats” and the caterpillars. So I figured I would give you all a closer look and quickly show you how I made everything.


We made the usual chocolate cupcakes with lots of sprinkles, a mini cake, chocolate covered strawberries and sugar cookies.
I planned on making a cute little argyle birthday cake to go along with the theme, but went wrong in some many ways. So instead my little argyle cake became an ugly diamond cake, oops!

See why I turned it around? Not pretty.
We baked some sugar cookies and made them into lollipops. I loved making them into little swirly pops, cute and yummy. It was pretty easy. Make some sugar cookies (I used Martha Stewart’s recipe) and then divide the dough into 3 different bowls. Add food coloring to each bowl. Then roll out the dough onto a powdered sugar work surface and use your rolling pin to shape into a rectangle. Repeat with remaining dough. Then pile all three rectangles on top of one another. Cut the dough to make it even and into a nice rectangle shape. Starting with one edge, roll up the cookie dough. Wrap in plastic wrap and chill for about an hour in the fridge or overnight. Take the roll out of the fridge when ready and cut into 1/2″ wide pieces. Poke a lollipop stick in about 1″. Cook a little longer then you normally would a sugar cookie. You want them to be a little harder than usual so they stay on the stick.

Our cute little caterpillar bunting. My little guy made the caterpillars by using his Elmer’s glue and our cake sprinkles. Aren’t they adorable?! Totally his own creation, this momma was not involved on this one at all, except to police him from consuming too many sprinkles.
I used some of our drawstring bags that we normally have toys in as the goodie bags.
And our much loved little caterpillars.

I never took pictures on how to make them because they are so easy to make. Make 5 little pom poms and 1 larger pom pom. Use your hot glue to just glue them together. I used a lot of glue here. For the little antennae I simply wrapped shortened wooden skewers. I hot glued them into the larger pom pom and then topped them off with tiny little poms. They hold up pretty well. We still have one caterpillar intact. My little girl is giving these little critters much love.

For the cute little caterpillar “party hats” I bought some headbands from Walmart and started wrapping some wreath making wire around the head bands. I’m not sure which gauge it was. When I got to the antenna part I wanted to make them a little stiffer for holding up the pom poms, so I pulled out enough wire to wrap around the headband 4 times and then wrapped the four wires together all the way down to the base of the headband.

You don’t have to be too picky on what it looks like because you are going to cover the wire with the yarn.
Once all of the wire is finished grab some yarn. Starting on the bottom edge of the headband place some glue and carefully start wrapping the yarn around the edges to cover up the headband. Keep wrapping the yarn around the entire headband and antennae. I only used hot glue on the bottom edges of the headband.

Hot glue some pom poms to the top of the antenna and add a little fabric rosette if you want.

I also made a cute little wreath to match.
I spray painted the wreath ring and then hot glued on some pom poms and rosettes. I also wrapped some wooden circles in yarn to make those little yarn circle do-dads.

And since I had some leftover pom poms and rosettes, I made a few “flowers.”

It was a lot of fun putting this little party together. I’m sure the kids would have liked it just as much even without the decorations but it was fun finally making a birthday party a little more special. After all, our little baby only turns 1 once!

embrace the camera {our baby’s first birthday}

Yesturday we spent the day celebrating our baby girl’s first birthday.

Cupcakes were made and decorations were finally hung up.

Balloons were found.
And snuggles were shared.

Caterpillar “party hats” were worn.
And lots of goodies were consumed.

Pom pom caterpillars were finally played with and got lots of loves.
Sadly the party was cut short due to a potty training accident.

But that didn’t stop balloon fights from occuring once everyone was clean.

Then tears were shed and loud screams were heard.

While Mommy and Daddy just sat there and watched.

Gosh, we haven’t laughed that hard in a longtime! It’s hard to believe that we have a 1 year old, 2 year old & a 3 year old …at least for 10 days!

One.

I still remember the moment they said “Its a girl!” Oh how I cried. I was so scared to have another girl and your Daddy was even more scared! But here we are, one year later and you just complete our little family. Your so snuggly, sweet and funny. That giggle of yours is so contagious and that pouty face can get you whatever you want. Your brother is your buddy but your momma is your #1. You already compete with your sister and always want what she has. The kitchen cabinets are your playground but the bathtub is your favorite place. You still wake up 3x a night to be nursed and have the figure to prove it. We love every little morsel of you and we are so blessed to have you in our lives!

Happy Birthday baby girl!

pom pom caterpillars

In a few weeks our littlest girl will be turning ONE. I still cannot believe she has been in our lives for a whole year. Sometimes it feels like she has been here forever while other times it seems like she was just born. Birthdays are hard for me, as I always want to throw a party for my kids with all of our friends and family. But our 1/2-a-house just doesn’t allow it. And let’s face it, it is just too expensive to throw a party somewhere else. So we decided to throw a party anyways…just the 5 of us. So for the past few days we have been in party planning mode. Nothing too fancy, just a bunch of homemade decorations, cake, goodie bags and some games for the kiddo’s!

I decided to make a bunch of pom poms and use those as part of the decorations. They are cute, cheap and fun to make. While making some the other day, these little cute caterpillars were thought up.

As you can tell, they are not hard to make. All you need is some pom poms, a few wooden skewers and lots of hot glue.

I made each one a little different for each kid.



So I guess my little girl’s first birthday is going to be filled with caterpillars and pom poms.

Our little girl turns 2.

Last night we had a little party for the birthday girl. With our house being way too small and the immediate family being so big, we decided to have a party with just the 5 of us. The kids helped me decorate the cake by making all the circles from the left over fondant. When they were sleeping I put the rest of the cake together. There was no way I was going to let them help me put the cake together. Yup, I am a control freak when it comes to such things. There, I said it. I am, I just can’t help it! I’m no Cake Boss, but I think I did a pretty good job. Yet, I was told by my son that I wasn’t doing it right. I needed to “put stuff in the middle and spin the cake really fast, like that guy does.” I guess we watch a little too much Cake Boss in this house.



I set up a little table with her cake on it, so that when she woke up, she woke up to a birthday surprise. I’m so delighted as she LOVED her little knitted angel doll. Unfortunately, the tutu I made to match her dolls was not as loved. She kept it on just long enough to snap a few photo’s. Oh well, guess she isn’t a tutu wearing girl.


We partied “old school style” with noise blowers and paper cone party hats. She LOVED the hats. And sorry for Daddy, he was the only one that HAD TO keep his on. What a good sport he was, but as usual, anything for his little girl.
As you can see, she was dressed in her favorite outfit, just a plain ole diaper.
Oh, she was so sweet!
So happy!
and
She just loved it!
I wish I could take credit for the best part of her night, but the cousins calling to sing “Happy Birthday” to her over the speaker phone was by far, the best part of her night. I wish I could have captured her squeals, smiles and the excitement on her face, it was absolutely PRICELESS. Thanks guys, it meant the world to us!
I’m always bummed that we cannot throw a huge extravagant party with all our friends and family here because of our house. But after this little party of ours, I was not bummed at all, it was simply PERFECT! And yet again, for a split moment, I’m appreciating what this old-unfinished house gives us. It gave us what is most important in life, and that is, just being together.
Happy Birthday little missy-girl!