Posts tagged ‘first birthday’

Did I mention it would be crazy

Yeah, so I am still here. It’s was November 3rd the last time I blogged. Today is January 7th. Just kidding…it’s the 8th. Well, like I forecasted, these past few weeks have been crazy! Yes, we moved into our house, yes we survived Thanksgiving, Riley’s FIRST birthday party, and Christmas! (and two visits from Stephen’s parents thrown in there. The first being the day after we moved into our house! Can I  say chaos!?!) But it is wonderful :) Life is easy again. For now, until it’s not.  I still have loads and loads of decorating to do. Being so close to Christmas when we moved in, we just went ahead and did our Christmas decorating pretty much right away. So now that decorations are back in hiding until next year, I can see that my house still needs mucho work. 

To show off all my hard work in planning, decorating, cooking, and hosting Riley’s party…here are some pics :) 

So…that was December 19th. The day my little man turned ONE! The party turned out great! For food I made a traditional chili and a white chicken chili…which, if I do say so myself, were wonderful! Riley thoroughly enjoyed his first encounter with sugar!! I made him a giant cupcake that was carrot cake and the frosting I made was a sugar free cream cheese frosting. He liked it a lot! There were about 20 people total! Great friends and loving family :) It really was a wonderful day! 

I could post some Christmas pictures…but I’m not so much in the mood right now. I’ll save that for another day! 

Goodbye for now!


What a crazy month this will be…

This next month and a half is going to be a very crazy chapter in my life! Today is November 3rd.  Today is the day we are closing on our first home!! Five thirty cannot come soon enough!! The first step in this whole process is getting in the house and cleaning and painting! The sooner we do that, the sooner we can move in!! Again, like I said in a previous post, I need to figure out what colors I want to paint my house!! This whole experience is going to be pretty interesting considering there is a little guy in the picture now.  I cannot devote 100% of my time to this like I wish I could.  So as if cleaning and painting is not enough, we also have to move in! That is going to be fun, fun, fun.  Only half kidding.  I am so excited to move in, I just know that moving is a very time consuming task.  So, that is a pretty big project for this month! Let’s see…what else. Well, Thanksgiving is at the end of the month.  Luckily, we are going to Bradenton to be with Stephen’s family for a {big} reunion.  That means that I do not really have to put much effort into that. (Minus the dish I have to bring)  However, Stephen’s parents are staying with us. Not sure how long.  That does involve some cleaning and effort….considering the fact that we basically will have just  moved in which could equal chaos! But that’s okay.  So after Thanksgiving I will probably be ready to decorate for Christmas.  That means lots of rummaging through boxes trying to find just where we put all of our Christmas decorations. Another big chore…Christmas shopping! I am very proud, however, of the fact that I have started buying gifts here and there! I have always said that I was going to start early, so there, now I finally have!  Hmm…what else…Let’s see.  I know there is another small thing… oh yeah! Riley’s FIRST birthday is December 19th!! AHH! I cannot believe that my little pumpkin, who I feel as if I just gave birth to, is turning ONE! It’s not fair. Time flies by without asking permission of any sort! So, amidst all of my chaotic unpacking, cleaning, decorating, and shopping, I have a birthday party to plan! I am still trying to decide if I want to have it at our house (only if it is somewhat put together and presentable!) or at a park somewhere.  The Florida winter weather is beautiful, so I definitely plan to have it outside! My vision for our house is to have our cute little white fence up and have a wonderful backyard birthday party! Of course, if that is not the case, the party will not be at our house! Lakes Park will just have to do. The biggest pro, though, of it being at our house is the convenience of just that…it’s at my house! No hauling back and forth with car loads of stuff.  I guess we will just have to see. So. That brings us to Christmas.  This is going to be a wonderful time of year!! I just have to plan ahead, be organized, and be prepared! I can do this…I can do this…

So, what can we learn from all this?? I have A LOT to do.  :)

Wish me luck!

VistaPrint – {140 free address labels}

I just came across this great deal thanks to Money Saving Mom.  You can get 140 Christmas address labels for free! All you have to do is pay $3.00 shipping! ($3.59 for superfast shipping to Florida)  The labels are normally $7.99 so this is a great deal! 

All you have to do is click here and go to the left side of the page and choose “Holiday” under “Home & Family.”  Then you just design your labels and checkout! It is as easy and can be, and you can make them as simple or elaborate as you’d like! There is so much you can do to personalize them to match your family’s personality!  I made cute little caricatures of every member of our family. (Starbucks and Spicey included!) I can’t wait to get mine in the mail!! (I only have to wait 7 days!)

We are closing on our first home today, so I was so excited to use our new address!! It is going to be so nice having our first Christmas in our new home! Speaking of Christmas…I have so much to do!! There is an extra long checklist that must get done before the Christmas season arrives! Not only is Christmas hectic enough…I now have a little certain someone’s FIRST birthday to plan! 

So much to do…better get going!