Wednesday, August 14, 2013

winnie the pooh party

So this whole year Jonathan has loved Winnie the Pooh.  All things Winnie the Pooh.  It started when my grandpa gave him a Winnie the Pooh book and little sound toy thingy.  He loved it.  Then he went on the ride at Disneyland.  He LOVED that and the obsession began.  Books, the movie, a pooh bear stuffed animal, little rubber toys, listening to the songs until my eyes go crossed....we are full on obsessed.  So, as he approached his second birthday, it just made sense to have a pooh bear party.  Little did I know that it was hard to find Winnie the Pooh party stuff unless it's for a baby shower or first birthday.  Darn.  Plan B?  I'll make it all and turn it into a Pooh bear/honey party.  
Pooh was waiting at the door to greet guests.  This Pooh is so special because he used to be Auntie Val's when she was a little girl.  Red balloons were placed throughout the house because if you remember the story well, Pooh used a red balloon to float up to a beehive to try to steal honey.  What a little trickster.  :)
Each kid got a red balloon and an adorable beehive cookie as a take away gift.  The cookies were made by Cookies by Heidi and you guys, she's seriously amazing.  The detail in her work is incredible and they were sooo yummy.  If you need cookies for any event (or just make something up because they are that good), check her out!
The spread.  This was a morning party so we had breakfast foods - a couple of egg bakes, monkey bread, make your own parfaits with fresh fruit, bagels, and honeycomb cereal.  That adorable vintage Winnie the Pooh chair was a birthday present for Jonathan from our dear friend Lindy.  She also made that sweet little silhouette of my boy's face.  Thanks, Lindy!! 

We had coloring pages and Pooh bear books and toys out for the kids.  Here is Jonathan yelling, "Cheese!!!" while squeezing Piglet.  I swear to everything good and holy, he is not trying to murder him.  Piglet is a love in our home. :)
One of the joys of having a summer birthday is being able to swim!  So we had the waterin' hole (swimming pool) set up in the backyard and the kids had so much fun.  Such easy entertainment.  
Here are a couple of shots of the birthday banner I made.  All of the letters are sewn on using my machine to give it a more whimsical, handmade look.  It is currently for sale in my shop - click here to check it out.  I'm also making custom banners so if you have a special occasion coming up, let me know!  

Ok y'all, that's all for now.  Now onto planning and preparing for the next party...this weekend!!  
ellie

Sunday, August 11, 2013

[shop update] birthday banner

I've got a little shop update: happy birthday banner is in the shop!  Check it out in my shop.  If you'd like to order a custom one, let me know.  I'd love to make one for you!   
Happy Sunday, y'all!
ellie

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

TWO!!!

My sweet little boy, I can't believe you are two!  It feels like just yesterday you were coming into this world.  
You have been a joy to us from the second you were born.  There were some rough patches in the beginning when we were both learning but we figured it all out.  You and me (and Dadda) found our rhythm, learned each others' nature, and found our new, wonderful normal (a normal that changed every two weeks when you were little).
Then your little personality started showing.  Mimi and Papa said you were just like your dadda when he was a little guy.  Always moving.  Always jumping.  You would sit still just to focus very intently on something and then jump up and run in circles.  
Winnie the Pooh is also a joy of yours.  All of the characters from the Hundred Acre Wood are your little buddies.  We pray for Pooh, "Pippet", Eeyore, Tigger, Kanga, and Roo on a daily basis. Somehow Owl and Rabbit haven't made the cut but I don't blame you...they are kinda annoying.
Then you found your love for transportation.  Oh what a love this is.  All things cars, trucks, trains, boats, planes, etc. is your life!  You run out to see the garbage truck, squeal with delight every time you see a firetruck or ambulance, and yell "car!" or "truck!" over and over again when we are on the road. Oh the joy it brings me to hear and see your excitement.  
You love to give kisses and hugs.  You smile at me and say "I love you" and "Proud of you" throughout the day.  Oh how my heart sings to hear you say those precious words.  You scream "AMEN!!" when we pray and delight in singing and music.  You dance around the house and have your little friends (cars, trucks, trains, pooh characters, etc.) dance with you.  Of course you are a two year old and just like you feel happy emotions so strongly, you feel all other emotions with equal force. Sure, you have your share of temper tantrums and there are days when we both look frazzled when Dadda comes home, but I know we are just finding our rhythm once again.  You are learning how you feel and how to express those feelings and I'm learning right along with you.  
 
My precious boy, you are a delight to my life and to the lives of those around you.  I thank God daily for blessing me with being your momma.  Dadda and I love you more than words can ever express and could not be more proud of you.  Although my heart aches that you are growing up so fast, it sings with how much I love you and who you are.  
ellie