Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Audrey's Pancakes and Pajamas 2nd Birthday Party

First of all, let me say ROLL TIDE!! 17-time National Champions - I'm pretty proud to be a Crimson Tide Alum. When my sister was picking which school she was going to go to I told her that if she went to Alabama she would be proud of where she went to school, and not just because of our football dynasty. When someone asks me where I went to school, I feel my heart puff up a little bit and a smile cross my face when I say "I went to The University of Alabama!"

But anyway, on to the real topic of the day: Audrey's 2nd birthday! This birthday feels different from any other birthday I've experienced with either of my children (we've celebrated 6 between the two of them.) I couldn't figure out why it felt so different, but then it hit me. She acts so much bigger than she is. I've thought of her as 2 for probably about 6 months now. When I look back at just a year ago it amazes me the things that she learned so quickly. Last Christmas she was just learning to walk, but it feels like she's been walking for much longer. Last year between the time she turned a year old to 13 months old I remember being amazed at how many more words she had started to say. I look back in my journal from last year and it really is incredible how quickly she picks up on things and how she remembers things. She wants to be just like her big sister and I think that is probably 90% of the reason she was able to pick up on things so quickly. Because she talks as much as she does, is so independent and has such a quick and hilarious sense of humor, she has felt like she's 2 for a while now. Oh, and lets not forget the temper. She is SO strong-willed and definitely has a 2-year-old temper! Most of the time she's as sweet as can be, but she knows exactly what she wants and when she doesn't get it, the temper comes out. We'll just have to see what "terrible two's" bring us!

On to her party! This year I decided to do a Pancakes and Pajamas Party. I came across the idea a few years ago and loved it! The party was at 10 am and we served breakfast foods. I have never done a party that early (we usually do 12 or 2) but I loved having it at 10 in the morning because we were able to have the party done and still have the rest of the day to play with new toys, rest, and go out for a birthday dinner. Also, 2:00 is our nap time, so when we wait until the afternoon they sometimes end up over-tired and fussy. Those of you who have been guests at morning parties, do you like having them early or do you prefer the afternoon?

Everyone was encouraged to wear pajamas (even adults!) and I loved seeing all the little ones in their jammies!
This picture cracks me up!
The theme was pancakes and pajamas but you will see lots and lots of sprinkles and polka dots! I didn't intend for it to be that way initially, but that's just the way it turned out. I LOVE all the bright colors, especially the hot pink and blue.

The menu included:
- Mini pancakes with whipped cream
- Chocolate dipped donut holes
- Sausage and cream cheese casserole bites
- Donut tower (Daylight Donuts)
- Fruit and yogurt parfaits
- "Pancake" cake
- Chocolate, strawberry and white milk
- Orange juice
- Coffee
- Juice boxes for the kids

I was worried about how this cake would turn out, but it actually turned out pretty great! I used 2 boxes of Funfetti cake mix and scooped about 2/3 cup of batter into round cake pans. This didn't seem like enough at first, but if you put much more the layers will be too thick and won't have that pancake look.

Favors were simply a box of cereal and a spoon! 
The monogram is from Audrey's nursery. The colors matched perfectly!

I think she enjoyed her cupcake!

It was nearly impossible to get a picture of the birthday girl. She is such a stinker...when she sees the camera she purposefully looks away from the camera. Half the time we have to trick her to get her to look up and smile. We ended up with a couple of good ones though.

I'd also like to share Audrey's birthday pictures by Elles Photography! She did a great job, as usual! And Audrey loved "jumping on the bed" at her photo session. 

THANK YOU to everyone who made Audrey's birthday so special! She had a great day.


Audrey's PJ's - Cozy Kids Embroidery (Gwendolyn was great to work with! The font I originally picked out for her name wasn't going to fit right so she sent me pictures of other options to see what I liked instead of just fulfilling or changing the order. I was very appreciative of this.)
Raley's PJ's - Sweet JJ Designs
Favor Tags - Aniet Illustration (This shop was great to work with as well. Her shop was on break but she was willing to correspond via email and Paypal to be sure I got the files I loved!)

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Sunday, December 31, 2017

2018 Planner Setup

It's almost the new year, which means tomorrow I get to actually start using my new Happy Planner!! Planner decorating is a whole new world for me. I used a few stickers here and there last year, but not like I'm hoping to this year. As far as the weekly spreads go, I've only set up my first week because I didn't want to get ahead of myself.
Today I'm going to share how I set up my every day Happy Planner and my faith planner. One of my goals for this year is to read and study the New Testament. I wanted some sort of faith journal to write down thoughts or verses as I was studying, but I couldn't find exactly what I was looking for. I didn't want to use my everyday planner because I was afraid it would take up too much space. Last year I actually bought an extra Recollections calendar pack. When I made the decision to buy a Happy Planner instead of use the calendar I had already bought, I felt a little guilty about it. I felt like I was wasting money but I loved the Daydreamer Happy Planner so much, I just had to have it! 

Anyway, I was trying to decide what to use as a faith journal. I almost bought a mini Happy Planner, then decided against it because I didn't think it'd leave me enough room to write. Then it finally hit me - use the Recollections calendar pack I already have! I got a Recollections binder at 60% off, used my Dates and Holidays sticker pack to date it and made myself a faith journal! The main thing I didn't like about the Recollections planner that I used last year was how bulky and heavy it was to carry around. I plan to leave this one at home with my Bible and use it each night when David and I do our bible study. 

Here's my setup for my everyday Daydreamer Happy Planner

The horizontal layout and pretty florals is what ultimately sold me on this planner

I haven't had the courage to handletter my name on this page! If you mess it up there's no going back.

In the back of the planner is where I keep my "collections" - our expense schedule, MMO and dance schedules, birthdays, our ballpark tour layout, and favorite things that Raley and Audrey are doing and saying. This is why having pages that you can add in and take out are a must for me when I'm choosing a planner. I love being able to add lists like this as I see fit. Another thing I love about the Happy Planner is the half sheets. I can add them in, make lists, then take it out when I'm done with it.

I plan to keep my faith planner much more simple. It won't have all of my appointments and to-dos and I probably won't decorate it as much. I will use it simply to write down my study plan, verses, thoughts, etc. I'm excited to take a more in depth look at the New Testament. I have never read the New Testament (or the entire bible) chronologically so I hope that this study will bring David and I closer together and closer to God. 
I'm loving the pink, black and gold
Check out these dividers! How Lily are they?!
Stay tuned for more! I'm excited to share more about how the planning is going as I dive more into it. How bout yall? Are you a planner junkie? Do you use your phone or do you like to have your plans on paper?

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