Saturday, April 25, 2015
We celebrated Jackson's 1st birthday with family and friends last Saturday afternoon. This was the most fun party to plan. Now, I cannot believe it's over and can't believe my baby boy is one year old.
WARNING: Tons of pictures! TONS! Haha!
Display with framed picture and invitation. We got so many balloons. What's a birthday party without balloons? :)
I found the plush Poky Little Puppy on Amazon. I also added fake bugs and greenery.
I really wanted the book, The Poky Little Puppy, to come to life. My father-in-law, Ricky, was so nice to make miniature fences for the party. This is what guests saw when they arrived at the door. The rain was hard on the balloons, but it was still cute.
The first sign said, "Don't ever dig holes under this fence!" The second one said, "No desserts ever!" If you have read the book, you get the idea. It was such fun working on the signs. I actually wrote the words with my finger!
We used green and yellow plates and utensils.
Most every table and counter had framed pictures of Jackson throughout the year, mostly his month to month pictures.
Jackson's chalkboard stats!
We don't have a chalkboard and I am terrible at writing with chalk, so I just used paint pens and black foam board. Jackson certainly has grown a lot and certainly loves many things from stroller rides to giving kisses.
Poky Little Puppy birthday cake. The top layer was vanilla cake with chocolate mousse filling. The bottom layer was strawberry filling. And let me tell y'all-it was VERY tasty!
Everyone got to take home favor bags. I added puppy paw stamps, "dog tags," and raffia to each one. The kiddos got cute sunglasses, bubbles, and a color sheet, and every bag had a dog treat for their little puppy, along with flower seeds.
Photo collage! Russell's mom, Jackie, helped with this.
Russell, me, and our little miracle, Jackson.
Jackson had no idea what all the decorations were for, but little did he know, he was the star of the day!
Cookies! My sweet friend, Robin, made them and did an amazing job. Just perfect!
There's the birthday boy! He was so happy and that made us happy too. :)
Aunt Kelly, Logan and Lauren gave Jackson adorable Poky Little Puppy books before the party. We displayed them at the party. This picture cracks me up because it shows how much Jackson moves at all times! He didn't want to pose for a pic! He wanted to crawl and cruise to see what was going on! We chase after him at all times. :)
Lauren and Kelly!
KK (my mom) with her three grandkids! Logan, Lauren, and Jackson. It's pictures like these I think about my Daddy. Always thinking about him. So special for sure.
Most of the food served went along with the theme of the book. This is "pupcorn."
We served rice pudding, strawberry shortcake, and of course, chocolate custard. The Poky Little Puppy loved his desserts! We sure weren't running low on sweets the day of the party!
We also served Kibbles n Bits (BBQ snack mix), fetch sticks (pretzel rods), and spinach dip. Mama made the rice pudding and strawberry shortcake. Thanks, Mama!
Jackson and Leighann loved their party hats. :)
We love our sweet friends Julia and Harper! Harper is just three months older than Jackson.
We had all of Jackson's big toys in his room so the kids could play. They had fun!
Logan took so many pictures for us. He took this of Belle. So sweet!
Jackson adores his awesome Aunt Kelly! YAY!
Time to open presents!
Jackson in his big boy chair. So precious.
Jackson loved the cozy coupe!
Jackson and his loot.
Aunt Kelly got to light Jackson's birthday candle.
The first bite of cake.
He really got into it. Let's just say it kept him occupied for a while. Ha!
Great Aunt Molly and Jackson
Do y'all think he enjoyed it? Thank goodness for Dreft stain remover. :) Jackson went straight in the tub for a big bubble bath soon after this.
So thankful for our friends, Mandy, Chad, Eden, and Ezra!
Amy, Tony, and Leighann. So blessed to have them as family.
Ricky and Jackie with their grandson!
BA and KK! So glad they got to stay with us for the weekend.
This picture absolutely warms my heart. Logan and his buddy, Jackson.
After the birthday party, our family went for a walk and took Jackson on a wagon ride! Thank you, KK and BA for the wagon! I think we walked a mile or so. It was fun.
Look at this. Can you tell our sweet boy is asleep? I think the party and wagon ride wore him OUT! :)
It was a wonderful day, fun party, and so special to share it with family and friends. We just love celebrating.
So we have had our miracle, Jackson, for only a little over a year and it has been the best year. I have learned SO much as a mom, and know that motherhood is a journey where I will continue to learn new things. So thankful.
Know therefore that the Lord your God is God; he is the faithful God, keeping his covenant of love to a thousand generations of those who love him and keep his commandments. Deuteronomy 7:9
Friday, April 24, 2015
Anyone who reads my blog knows that I love my niece, Lauren so very much! Today, she is officially a teenager. She is THIRTEEN years old!
Such a beautiful baby girl.
Lauren and her wonderful mama (my sister), Kelly! And JJ (my daddy) is behind them. This picture was taken at Lauren' 3rd birthday party. Cutest party ever.
Lauren, I cannot believe you are thirteen. You are the most bright and cheerful ray of sunshine. You are such a beautiful dancer and have many other God given talents! Whenever anyone is around you, they cannot help but smile. I know I say this frequently, but always remember that your aunt Mer will always be there for you! You are the best niece in the entire world, and I love you!
Love you lots! Jackson says hi too and gives you hugs and kisses!
Tuesday, April 21, 2015
Wow, wow, wow! Today is April 21, 2015. Our sweet baby boy, Jackson, is officially ONE year old! It truly FLEW by. We celebrated with a birthday party on Saturday (post soon), and Jackson got to enjoy cake and spend time with friends and family.
The three of us!
Oh, my sweet blond, curly headed boy. You are such a tremendous JOY to your Daddy and I. April 21, 2014 was one of the best days of our lives. Even though the C-section was an unplanned one and a little scary, once your Daddy and I heard your very first cry, we knew, I knew as your mommy, that it was all worth it. I truly always knew from the beginning of the journey to bring you into this world that it was all going to be worth it someday. It has been that and MORE.
You were born at 5:10 p.m. Here we are as a family of three, just minutes after you were born.
I waited a long three hours to hold you, and when I did, it took my breath away. We automatically connected and you made my heart ten times bigger.
We brought you home a couple of days later and had the best and most perfect times with you as a newborn.
You loved your snugapuppy rock n play sleeper. Oh, how sweet you are!
What a dapper little man at only two months old! Mommy loves seersucker on you. :) Summertime was extra special with you, sweet J.
Your smile melts my heart every time.
Love this one of you because it definitely captures your personality.
I think you were extra tired in this picture, but it is still so sweet. Halloween and Fall were oh, so fun!
Thanksgiving is all about the butter, right? What a funny memory and sweet moment.
Christmas was perfect with you. Daddy and I can't wait to tell you all about Christmas and share about Jesus' birth. What Jesus wants for Christmas is you!
Mommy loved dressing you up this past year for sure! My handsome boy!
We also have many pajama days at home, when we just get all of your toys out of the toy box and have a hay day! :) You always enjoy that.
Yummy! You love to eat pretty much any foods! I think you had spaghetti the night I took this picture of you. You loved it!
Easter was also very special. We loved dressing you up! I remember when Aunt Kelly gave you this Peter Rabbit onesie last Easter. I am so glad you got to wear it. We can't wait to tell you about how Jesus died for you so you can be saved!
Jackson, you are such a beautiful boy. You always make me smile in more ways than one. I am so proud of you already and cannot wait to see what the future holds for you. You have been practicing walking with your walker this week and balancing too. Growing every day! Today, you giggled so much that it made me tear up a little. Tears of JOY! I will always be praying for you in your life and know that God has BIG plans for you! Always follow the Lord and HE will direct your steps.
Know I will always be there for you.
I Love You Forever
I'll like you for always
As long as I'm living
My baby you'll be.
For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.