Handmade Watercolor Birthday Party Invites.

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I really can't believe my oldest is turning three next month. It's makes me happy and sad at the same time, I guess all of these milestones do that to us parents. Focusing on the joy though and that brought to mind rainbows. Addy loves her Violet toy that reads stories to her and one of the stories is about a rainbow party so a rainbow party was born. I took Z with me on a hunt for birthday invites but I couldn't find anything so I decided to design my own.

I sketched out the design on regular computer paper, then I drew the placement (lettering and rainbow) on 5"x7" watercolor paper with a soft pencil. I painted it and refined some areas, then it was time to scan it in and print.

I love how they turned out, maybe this will become a new tradition.

Party, yay!

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The month of May was long but it flew by for me.  We had a lot going on and the main event that I was hustling with was planning and prepping for baby girl's 2nd birthday.  I'm getting verklempt.  I was struggling of what to do for her party and once I settled on the butterfly theme, it all came together.  Amazon was perfect for finding all of the decorations and favors.  We are re-using the Happy Birthday signage I made last year for each birthday party.

I don't even know why I put a time frame on party invitations because I just want everyone to stay forever.  Instead of 2 hours, it quickly turned to 4 but I don't know about you and your friends but it is getting harder and harder to plan out time with friends over here.  Everyone is so busy with work and family that it is hard to find dates that work for everyone so when I can gather them all, it's on!

Our munchkin had the best time and was a social butterfly galore.  How fitting. :)

Happy Birthday Cake!

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Whoever thought of the expression, "Time Flies", was a genius.  It is so true.  Two years ago today my baby girl came into the world and I can barely remember life without her poofy curly fro, super-sized smile and joyful laughter.  She is our world and we hope she knows just how much we love her every second of every day.  "Happy Birthday Cake" is what she says instead of "Happy Birthday" and we wouldn't have it any other way.  I sorta rhymed. :)

xo,

Mama and Daddy

And Then She Was One.

Our munchkin is officially one-years-old.  Can you believe it?  I can't.  This year has been one of the most memorable years of our lives.  I didn't think we would ever get to this point where we can sleep like we used to and slowly get back to a sense of a routine.  Addison is the most amazing little person.  She is so funny, smart and beautiful.  We get lost in her big dark brown eyes every day. So lucky and so blessed to call her our daughter.  Somebody pinch me.

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We planned her party for weeks and I wanted everything to go perfectly.  Some things did like her handmade wooden Happy Birthday sign (inspired from this one), her cake, the venue, the friends, etc.  Some things did not, like the pouf decorations that I scrapped because I could not figure out how pouf them up.  No biggie. The theme was "Some Bunny is turning one" but it was tough to find bunny things, even though I started looking way before and during Easter.

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She was the little hostess with the mostest. At first it took her a little while to warm up to everyone, I was concerned about that when I planned the guest list.  But she got over it pretty quickly and was soon "talking" to everyone and mingling about.

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For the drinks I got some white peaches, CountryTime lemonade mix and seltzer water.  I made my mom the mixologist and the end result was a hit.  Very refreshing and delicious!

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We got her all stripped down for the cake but she just played in it with her hands.  Not that surprising since she killed my sweet tooth when I was pregnant with her.  She isn't a huge fan of sweets...yet.

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Baby girl passed out while we were cleaning up, so that's a sign of a great party to me.  We love you Addy, happy bday!

The Big O-N-E

The planning for Addison's first birthday has started and I'm trying to determine what kind of planner I want to be.  How much DIY projects and what will her bday traditions be?  I was researching online and there were so many planning lists.  One of the items on a list was "don't compete with other moms" and that was comforting to read.  I am a busy person and so is Raul so I am constantly checking in with myself about whether what I want to do is for A's special day or am I trying to compete with another mom out there. There will be some DIY projects and I'm excited to see them finished.  Everything can't be created from scratch though and I'm okay with that.

Did you learn a lot from your baby's first birthday? Anything you would do differently? I'm all ears.

P.S. Where did the time go?  I can't believe she will have been here for a year in just a few more weeks.

Hippo Bird Day

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I remember a birthday card my mom received a long time ago and I'll never forget it.  There were little illustrations to go with it.  This may have been the first time I really was interested in illustration, from that card.

It said,

Hippo Bird Day, Two Ewes.

Hippo Bird Day Two Ewes.

Hippo Bird Day Deer _____.

Hippo Bird Day Two Ewes.

Hehe, hippo bird day to me. I just turned 30. I'm off to the spa, wooo hoooo!

Reflection

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I'm a basket case trying to round the girls up to go out for my birthday on Saturday. Technically my big 3-0 birthday is tomorrow and I took the day off. Friday too. Live it up right?! I'm excited to just chill out at home, then go the spa for an hour-long massage and a manicure. Both were a gift from R for Valentine's Day but I'm a punk so I'm finally using my gift now. Still debating if I should polish the nails or not. I'm a natural nails person.

Lately I am in a reflective mood all the time and I'm not positive what has sprung this on. My birthday? The wedding? A combo? Probably so. My mojo is so undependable and leaves me wondering why as well. I got As in school for art and such people. Why do I have to be given a theme on Illustration Friday (99 percent of the time) to create something? I love where I am right now, life is great. Beyond great for many reasons. I'm where I want to be, graduated, experienced what it means to love me first before committing to another, etc. I told my friend today, "I don't think you're ever going to feel completely happy where you are". I'm not sure if I believe that.

Ugh! Brain stop thinking and just enjoy your special day. Goodness.