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 the many, many blessings that God grants me – there are too many to name in one month of giving thanks, and they last the entire year.
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 having the hookup on sweet invitations, postcards, etc. What that really means is that I’m thankful that my brother and his wife are willing to share their talents and make cool things for me. We end up with super awesome, custom designed birthday party invitations and other random things all the time. It’s awesome!
Do you need some paper goods? You really should check out their website, Sparkvites.
Today, I am thankful for the gift of writing.
It’s how I make my living; it’s how I communicate; and it’s something I enjoy.
Today, I am thankful for the two life groups Ben and I have been involved in through church.
Through those groups, I’ve met people who will be lifelong friends. They are perpetually kind, patient and generous of their time and talents.
Today, I am thankful for the many years of piano lessons that my parents paid for and drove me to.
Though I don’t currently have a piano or regularly practice playing, I am thankful for the musical background that it gave me. One day, I’d like to own a piano and give my children the same opportunity.
I fondly remember all those hours sitting beside Joanne LaRue, who so very patiently taught so many of us about the piano — even when it was quite obvious that I had practicing at the bottom of my list that week.