Let’s first address the elephant in the room. This party took place in December, nearly five whole months ago. But it was so cute, I still wanted to share it!
Anyways, moving on …
Elias was turning 3, and Eva was turning 1 in December, so I decided to do a joint birthday party with family at our house — which we had just moved into in November. I went with the Dr. Seuss theme because (1) it’s adorable; (2) my children love to read; and (3) it was a good choice for a dual boy-girl theme.
My ultra-talented brother and sister-in-law created the invitations for me, as well as a scrapbook page for guests to fill out (much like I did for Elias’ first birthday party in 2011) and super cute cupcake toppers. (They also have an Etsy site.)
Cute cupcake toppers, made by Irene
It was a fairly simple birthday party, but I still wanted to add something fun and extra special. I decided on a photo booth, and Irene really took the lead in putting it together. She made some really fun decorations and props, and the resulting photos were great. Irene even brought her updated version of a Polaroid camera so guests could see their pictures immediately; those will go into the scrapbook with the notes from family.
The Patterson family
Irene’s photo props were so darn adorable, the photographer, Tiffany, who did Eva’s one-year photos suggested we use them in the photo shoot. The results were awwwww-inducing cute! Tiffany also did our family photos in the fall.
Photos by Levenhagen Photography
Today, I am thankful for my mom and Ben’s mom and their willingness to help us with babysitting!
With both Ben and I working full time, we can use all the help we can get. And our kids love their grandmas!
Today, I am thankful for Thanksgiving.
That sounds a little silly, I do realize. However, the holiday provides us with the opportunity to see many members of our families who we don’t see on a regular basis – despite the fact that almost all of us live relatively close to one another.
Oh, and the abundance of good food at those family gatherings doesn’t hurt.
Today, I am thankful for two easy pregnancies and healthy babies.
I’ve had many conversations with friends who want nothing more than to have their own babies. Know that I continue to pray for you. I don’t take it lightly that my journey to motherhood was complication-free.
I also do not take it lightly that I have been blessed with quick deliveries and healthy babies. Some families do not have that experience, and I am well aware of the blessing that it is.
Today, I am thankful for being able to live in my own home.
This year was a whirlwind. Between having a new baby and selling a house, moving in with my in-laws, finding a new house and finally moving in yesterday, it’s been exhausting.
We were blessed by my in-laws opening their home to us for six months, and we were blessed with finding a perfect new house to move into.
There is something to be said about being in your own home, putting stuff where you want it and not feeling bad about the mess you’re making.
Today, I am thankful for the many people who love my children — not just those who you expect but those who don’t have to.
My children are blessed with friends, day care providers, babysitters and church volunteers who love them, in addition to grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins.
Today, I am thankful for the easy access to medical care that we have in the United States.
There are people in the world who do not have regular access to antibiotics, cold medicine and urgent care — all things that we sometimes take for granted.