15 July 2012

Summer Birthday Blog!

(Written July 14, 2012)

Click Here for Video of Kaydence's 2nd Birthday!

Click Here for Video Tribute to Kaydence!

Today is a day that I have been stressing about for over a month now! How to decorate? What food to prepare? How many people to plan for? I have put many hours, a lot of hard work, a few tears and even a little bit of blood into this day, and I couldn't be more happy with the way it turned out!

Today is my wonderful, amazing and handsome husband's 28th birthday. While hubby is not too crazy about birthdays, and especially not ones that bring him closer to 30, I very much am! The life of a loved one is definitely something to celebrate about, and celebrate I do. I am never one for lavish and expensive gifts. I tend to show my love and appreciation in a much more subtle and creative way. With that said, I totally failed this year on my husbands birthday gift. My darling, sweet baby girl  made her presence into this world just one day after her daddy's birthday, and this has caused quite a dilemma for me this year. I spent so much time planning and preparing for my daughter's big 2nd birthday, that I totally delayed on my husbands gift and sadly it ended up a bust. Lucky for me, daddy wasn't too thrilled about the age his birthday delivered this year, so pretending today was just another ordinary day was exactly what he wanted. Of course his wonderful mama and sister couldn't let the day go unnoticed, so gifts he did receive and thrilled he was!

Mama and KareBear, the gift givers!

I couldn't get him to take a serious picture for crap!

The main event of July 14, 2012 was Kaydence's Birthday Party. She has been talking about this day for months. As early as May, I began the planning process for today. Narrowing down a theme and endlessly searching Google and Pinterest for party ideas. Sesame Street was the ultimate theme choice (decided by Kaydence) and my goodness what I great choice it was. The fun primary colors associated with the theme allowed for a lot of diversity, creativity and inexpensive party options. Most everything (aside from the streamers and balloons) were handmade by yours truly. I am a crafter by nature, so hand making everything I possibly can is always the only option for me. Although I could have done without the late nights, I thoroughly enjoyed all of the fun projects that made this day so special.

Kaydence was thrilled about every detail of the day. From the moment she woke up today, "My Birthday Party" was all she could talk about. Everything from the decorations, party favors, food, and cupcakes were made with her likes in mind; and it was plain to see that she loved every bit of it. It was amazing to see how her eyes lit up with every new streamer, pom, and balloon. Screeching and laughing as she watched the house transform from her humble abode to an amazing party palace.  The dawning of her birthday outfit made it official...Today was HER day! She joyfully and energetically showed off her palace to all new and willing guests. "This is my Elmo balloon, this is my cupcakes, this is my room, this is my Elmo bow!" The joy on my little girls face as she whizzed through three hours of fun, food, gifts and cupcakes made all of the late nights worth it.

Earnie's Rubber Ducky Punch 

Surprisingly today was not an emotional day for me. I thought for sure that the singing of happy birthday to my little firefly, as I watched the flicker of the flame on a number 2 candle would send me over the edge. But it didn't. Not to worry I know for sure that when I wake up tomorrow to the squeal of my little girl discovering over 50 balloons in her bedroom and the reality of the fact that I no longer have a 1 year old, the water works will be on in full force.

She asked for broccoli to wash down her delicious but sweet cupcake!

Cupcakes were a hit for all!

I will attach a the birthday party video to this blog soon, so keep a look out! More birthday fun and tradition to be continued tomorrow. Until then TTFN! 

P.S. Happy Birthday my amazing, wonderful, talented, smart, funny, handsome, skilled, and hardworking daddy and husband. May year 28 be just as rewarding and wonderful as the 27 before. We love you forever and always!

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