Friday, March 28, 2014

Happy 1st Birthday Maggie!

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I can't believe that my baby is one!!!  It really feels like I just blinked and a whole year passed me by.  This makes me scared on how fast the rest of the years are going to fly by.  Slow down!  Trying to drink in every. single. moment.  So so thankful for this child Ryan & I have been blessed with.  Maggie made us parents, and I will forever be grateful for this opportunity to be her mommy.  I'm amazed by her on a daily bases, and seeing first hand what the product of love is.

This past month has been a favorite!  We had family visitors, traveled around England and even made it to Paris.  Maggie's been to three different countries before she even turned one.  Hope she doesn't expect that every year!  Momma's tired.  Ha!  During all that she was also cutting 3 teeth including a bottom molar.  I didn't think that was supposed to happen until 14-18 months!  Oh well, one molar down… 3 to go…  She is the happiest baby (most of the time), and also has an ornery streak.  I guess the toddler years are upon us.  Here we go!

So, I am grateful that these monthly photos are coming to an end.  It's becoming increasingly difficult to keep this child in one spot for more than a split second.

This was the best shot I got.

She loves climbing in and out of this chair.  Now that her monthly photos are done, I think I will be bringing this chair downstairs for her to use in the living room.

These were the only bunny shots not blurred.

I'll have to put up another post with comparisons over the past 12 months soon.

Now on to Maggie's little birthday party!  I'm kind of glad that we were here in England for the party.  I know myself, and if we were in the states I would have felt the need to throw this huge party.  It was nice and stress free to have a few cute decorations, plus a smaller group.

I still shipped in some decorations, like the banners, off Etsy (couldn't resist!).  The rest of the decor I found locally.  We had to buy a helium tank since there wasn't a place open to fill the balloons.  I ended up running out and so that is why there are only three balloons, and one of them is a little small. Ha!  I had planned to line the back of the table.  Oh well!

I decided I wanted to make Maggie's smash cake myself.  I thought I could do it cheaper and make it exactly how I wanted it.  It actually turned out pretty cute but didn't end up being cheaper.  Ooops!  Oh well, I got to brush up on my cake decorating skills!  I went for the swirly, ombre pink look.

The top of it.  I used this website for the recipe for the cake and icing.  It tasted great!

I knew that I wouldn't have time to make two cakes since we got in from Paris the night before the party.  So I had a local bakery make the main cake, and I purchased the topper off Etsy.

 The setup in the kitchen.

Maggie's birthday chair.  :)

Maggie's month by month progression pictures.  So wild to see these next to each other!

A few little treats for two little girls coming and crowns for the adults.  I just used a few frames I had around the house to display a couple photos and a print that Ryan's Aunt Linda made us when Maggie was born.

Threw a couple of balloons in the playroom, and voila!  It's a party.

Proud Daddy & Mommy.

Right after this picture was taken, Maggie promptly stuck her hand into the icing.  I guess she just couldn't wait.

We don't have any pictures of her eating the cake or pics of the "aftermath"but we did get a little bit of it on video.  Next week is Maggie's one year photo shoot so we'll get the messy pictures there.  ;)

We also had my mom and Ryan's parents on FaceTime, so you can hear them in the background.
She has the sweetest face throughout this video!!  I just want to reach through and pinch her cheeks!


Opening her many gifts.

This is a picture of Maggie in her new car from daddy I took a few days after the party.

Back: Kate, Ellie, Clint, Claire, Uncle Sean, Aunt Emily, Nick, Tanner & Josh
Front: Ryan, Maggie, Me and Cait

It was the perfect day!  Thank you to everyone that wished our little girl a Happy Birthday!  You all definitely made our day extra special!

1 comment:

  1. Her party looks amazing! I love the decorations! How exciting so many family members were able to be there for the big day as well!


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