Awwwww. I'm going to be one of those posters today. The I-can't-believe-my-baby-is-x-years-old people. With shots of newborn scrunchiness and first-whatevers. Or... not. Nope, not going that route today. Maybe next year. Or the year after. I reserve the right to do that later. Or even to change my mind and do it later today.
While I, in fact, cannot believe that my little M is one today, I will concentrate my energies on showing you a few bits of her birthday. We actually had a party last Sunday, which was intended to accommodate both Adrianna's trip this week and my mother's visit from the states. Except that it ended up needing to accommodate neither of those things, because thanks to the ginormous travel-paralyzing ash cloud, my mother did not make it. And Adrianna did not go on her trip. I've been particularly sad about my Mom and her friends not coming (who had already named their group "The Dixie Divas" as they all hail from South Carolina) as scheduled and not being able to reschedule before we pack out and head back to the states, but I'm trying to keep things in perspective. Generally, everyone I know is healthy and happy. Few have been hurt by the volcano. I didn't have to sleep on the floor of an airport for days. And, really, I should be focusing on the fact that M is now 1! Wait, didn't I say I was going to show you the birthday fun? And instead I got all whiny. Sorry about that. Let's get back to the craftiness.
So, first, I should say, that Anna Maria Horner is my bestest friend in the whole wide world. (Ummm... can saying it make it true?) I love Good Folks, and I really love Little Folks voile. Okay, so it took me months of looking at it to finally cut it and make something, but when I did... I was deliriously happy working with it. And I just ordered lots more. In case it suddenly disappears.
First I made coordinating (okay, almost matching, but slightly different) dresses for the girls. First I'll show you what happens when you forget which kid's dress you've made first and you inadvertently apply it to the wrong child. And you wonder why it's so short. And you figure you just must have reeeally messed up.
And then you apply it to the right kid.
And because your first kid has already done a photo shoot in this dress ("But this one is different! I promise!") you call in Mikey. He stood in for these photos. He's definitely my most cooperative child. And by far the easiest to birth. Although my husband is still leery of him.
Because I was expecting to have a house full of guests, I had decided that we'd do the party at a nearby Greek restaurant. They have great, reasonable food and two playgrounds for kids while the older folks relax, so I thought it would be a great place to go that didn't involve trying to prepare my own house for a party whilst entertaining six houseguests.
The restaurant was a lovely spot and really didn't require decorations. The only thing I made for the party were cupcake toppers. I can tell you exactly how I made them in another post, if you're interested. You know, just leave a comment. Adrianna and I live for those, no lie.
And that's it. Nice and simple. The theme, as you can tell, was "She's 1! Hooray!"