Saturday, March 24, 2012

Big Poppa's Birthday Bash!

All the hard work and preparations paid off! Big Poppa's 1st birthday was a hit and he had a great time! His party theme was The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle. SO CUTE!

Here are his invitations. I only made them for the children coming, my adult friends don't need a fake caterpillar in a jar. Sorry I couldn't get better pictures.

This is the shirt I made for Big Poppa to wear to his party. I forgot to get pictures of him in it though. Oops. Sorry it's blurry, I took it with my phone.

This is the food table, some of the decor, the cupcakes, and the smash cake (I can't get the cake picture to be right side up). I made a lot of the decorations myself to save money. I love how everything turned out!

The party food came straight from the book. And I had lines from the book about the food on note cards next to the corresponding food.

This is Austin's 1st year timeline, month by month.

These are the party favors which I completely forgot to send home with the guests. I forget to send the favors home with the guests every single birthday party I throw, why should this one be different? I guess we'll be going to a few houses giving them out tonight. They're bubble wands I made to look like the butterfly at the end of the book.

This is Austin's friend Adrian who is only 10 months old. Adrian was the only baby close to Austin's age at the party and they didn't know what to do with each other. They are so cute!

Austin's just enjoying some party food with Grandma Marlow.

Smash cake time!! This was a total mess!! There was red frosting EVERYWHERE! I'm pretty sure we'll be finding red frosting randomly for years to come. Good thing Austin had a good time. These pictures don't do justice to the mess he made by the time he was through.

By the end of his 1st birthday bash, my little birthday boy was all partied out. He almost fell asleep on grandma's lap.

Happy Birthday Day Big Poppa!!

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Happy Birthday Big Poppa!

I know every mother says this, but I can't believe he's a year already. It seems like just a few weeks ago that I was rocking him on my chest and he was so tiny (well as tiny as my babies get). Our journey to bring Austin into our lives started a lot longer than a year ago. Jim and I tried for a year and a half to have another baby. We both felt very strongly that we had another child waiting for us and we were both sure it was another little boy. We were just about to start Intrauterine Insemination when we found out we were pregnant (without any help). I was so excited and surprised! We couldn't believe it! Then just 8 weeks later we lost that little angel and we were both devastated. I wanted to stop trying. I didn't want to do fertility treatments. My heart was broken and I didn't want to hurt anymore. I started praying that Heavenly Father would take away my desire for another child, that He would help me not have this feeling that there was another baby out there for us because I was done. I didn't want to see another negative pregnancy test and I certainly didn't want to risk another miscarriage. About 3 weeks after we lost the pregnancy I had this overwhelming feeling to try one more time. The Spirit told me that we did indeed have another little one waiting for us, so Jim and I prayed about it and we both knew we needed to try one more time. We found out that Austin was on his way not quite 2 weeks later. My pregnancy with Austin was difficult. I had a lot of scares and I was sure I was going to miscarry again. I was on bedrest and I had morning sickness for at least half of my pregnancy with him, but I wouldn't trade any of it for the world.

Austin arrived in our lives one year ago today. He is my miracle baby. Both Jim and I knew that he was just waiting for his time to join our family. I remember staring at Austin just amazed at how beautiful and perfect he was (and is). I had these moments with Jackson, but he was so new and I was so inexperienced it wasn't as easy to just relax and breathe in that new baby smell and just adore him. I didn't make that same mistake with Austin. I still don't. Just today he fell asleep in my arms and I kissed his little head and thanked Heavenly Father one more time for my sweet baby boy.

Austin is so cuddly and lovable. He loves to nuzzle himself right under my chin. I think he likes to hear the sound of my voice and to listen to me breathe. He loves to crawl back and forth between Jim and me giving us each hugs every time he reaches us. He's very inquisitive. And he must taste everything, good food, dirty shoes, whatever he can get his hands on. He just began standing alone in the last week or so, it's his latest trick.

Happy birthday to my Little Tiny with his gentle eyes and his sweet little smile. He is a thousand prayers answered and the 3rd love of my life. I love my littlest beautiful boy.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

I drive myself crazy!

I really like to celebrate the holidays by decorating the house and bringing a little of the season indoors. Right now it's spring/Easter in our home, but why must I change the blog along with the seasons as well? I don't know. But here's The Nuffer Nest's tribute to spring.

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Happy Birthday Dr. Suess!

March 2nd is Dr. Suess' birthday and I wanted to celebrate the day with the boys. We began the day by reading Green Eggs and Ham and then I made green eggs and ham for breakfast. As I've said before, Jackson is a picky eater, but he ate all of his green eggs! With every bite he told me, "I'm just like Sam I am, momma!", it was adorable. And ever since he has been trying new food, telling me how he is just like Sam I am.

I wanted to read the boys The Cat in the Hat because I had a cute The Cat in the Hat project for Jackson. Apparently, we do not own a copy of The Cat in the Hat and I did not know it. I have several copies of many Dr. Suess books, but not that one. The boys do have a stuffed Cat in the Hat, so I used that has our inspiration. Jackson made 2 Cat in the Hat hats, one for himself and one for Austin. I wanted a picture of the boys in their hats, but Austin did not appreciate his brother making him a hat and he cried A LOT in every picture. It made me laugh a little... (the picture is blurry because I was laughing).

The last Suess activity for the day was reading One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish and making our own fishbowls. Thinking about it now, I probably should have made red and blue fish for our fishbowl, maybe next time. This is one of Austin's first art projects. I love that he's beginning to participate in our activities. (Sorry, I couldn't get the picture to flip the right way)

George Albert Smith challenge - February

I didn't forget about this challenge in the month of February. This month's challenge was to "visit the sick and afflicted and inspire in them a desire for faith to be healed". I didn't know where to begin with this challenge or what to do to fulfill it. -and I'm still not sure I did the right thing for this challenge, but it's what I felt was right.

I am a member of and I belong to a March 2011 birth club along with thousands of other moms with babies that are Austin's age. In our birth club there was one special, precious baby boy who was born with cancer. Last December it looked like he had beat it, and it was truly a blessing for his family and for all of us that tried to be supportive and follow Baby Carter's battle with cancer. Then in February Carter's parents took him back to the hospital because he wasn't feeling well. Unfortunately, Carter had developed many more tumors that wrapped around his tiny little spine and also developed in his brain. Carter lost his battle with cancer just a week or so ago. It was truly devastating as an outsider looking in on this beautiful boy's struggle with this horrible disease that I can't begin to imagine what his parents were going through or what they continue to go through. It's still very difficult for me to even think about, and I have had many sleepless nights that I just lie awake thinking about Carter. I know that he is no longer in pain and that he is with our Heavenly Father, but I also know that his parents long to be their baby boy. I fulfilled my challenge this month by sending a little something to Carter's family to try to ease their burden of Carter's medical bills. I don't know what else I can do for this family. I don't really know Carter's family, but I feel like I do. All the March 2011 mommy's feel like we know Carter and his incredible parents. Carter's dad created this website dedicated to Carter's courageous, beautiful life. Honestly, I have yet to visit the sight because it's just too difficult still, but I encourage all that read this to visit the site and read about this sweet baby's incredible life. And I pray that we all hug our little ones a little tighter tonight and thank Heavenly Father for their health and presence in our lives.

I pray you are dancing and singing with all the angels in heaven sweet little Carter.