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JJ’s 2nd Birthday Bash!

Dearest JJ –

I can’t believe you are two!!! Your 2nd birthday was last month and we had a big fire engine themed bash for you, since you love fire trucks!  Lucky for us there is a fire station literally a couple blocks from our house that we pass on a nearly daily basis – so fun for you to see the fire engines, fire chief’s car, and ambulances!

You are a great boy!  Even in your trying twos (which you have been in for a bit now), you really aren’t as trying as you could be.  More importantly, you are funny!  and you know it.  You’ve started saying “that’s funny” and “Jack’s funny”, which is hilarious to me!

The prep for this party kind of reminded me of when I was getting married – I was barely sleeping, barely eating, just working on all the projects I had in mind for the party.  Didn’t help that we were out of town for 10 days right before the party.  I didn’t get everything I wanted done, but I was really happy with how it all turned out!

The 3D fire engine cake was AH-mazing!  The baker is a real artist!  Just building and decorating the cake took forever – after all the cake was baked, she started working on it at 12noon on the day before the party, worked straight until 5am of the day of the party, napped for 3 hours, then worked on it from 8am until 2pm, just in time to deliver it to us.  It really was awesome and just perfect!

The firefighters were so great – they came to the house with siren wailing and lights on! (I think they kind of were laughing at me when we went to the fire station that morning and I handed them my typed letter, full of reminder – lights / siren being one of them)

You loves trying out the drivers’ seat!  What an awesome and unique experience!

Luckily for us, the West U FD doesn’t get too much action, so the engines are quite literally sparkling clean.  They probably wash the engines 2-3 times a week.

I even asked if one of the firemen could be dressed in the full regalia (when I asked, I was all “make one of the newbies dress up” and the fireman I was talking to got a kick out of that).  At least it wasn’t too too hot that day.

Look at all these people who love you!  All told, there were 75 people (adults + kids +babies) at your second birthday party.  I am beginning to think that your nana is right that you won’t really know what a “normal” birthday party is like.

Since I knew we’d have to be in the front yard, I transformed the garage into the main sheltered area of the party.  I wish I had counted how many balloons we used to decorate – it was a large number!  PoPo blew up all the non-helium balloon!

We also got a bounce house – here you and Mustang (dressed in his Cookie Monster Halloween costume) are enjoying being the first ones in!  This bounce house was a point of debate between Dada and me – I am so glad that we got it – you loved it, as did all the other kids!

DD was ready to party!  The photo booth was one thing that didn’t quite work with this set up – mainly since we were unsure if it was going to rain or not, so kept bringing things into the house then back out.  Luckily the rain didn’t come.

I had a dessert table (in addition to the cake) with fun “pops” – Smokin’ S’mores (giant marshmallows dipped in chocolate and rolled in graham crackers) and Fire Axe Pops (double stuffed blonde Oreos dipped in red candy coating) – I think anything on a pop is just so fun (also had Petite Four Alarms – thanks, Boom, for the cute name help!).  Looks to me by your double fisting that you approved!  (Hmm, I wonder who gave you both of those at the same time!)

Many thanks to Auntie Yarbs for taking all the photos!  and for tying labels onto the fire dog favors that the firemen handed out, among many other things.  It is so great to have a sister in town that I can ask to bring dinner over and then work until 10pm the night before the party!

and many thanks to PoPo for coming in the week before the party so that I could do as much as I could get done in trying to fulfill my crazy vision for your second birthday party. PoPo loves you and DD so much!

and of course, many, many, MANY thanks to Dada who didn’t think it was odd for me to have sleepless nights over the minute details of the party.  Dada lives with my craziness day in and day out and is nice enough to not point it out all that often.

So, JJ, I hope you had a good time at your party.  I think you kinda realized all the hoopla was about you – you certainly loved having everyone sing “happy happy” to you!  I know this sort of a 2nd birthday party probably seems a bit ridiculous to most, but the day you were born was the best day of my life (as was the day DD was born) – so I think it is only fitting to really celebrate (and I mean REALLY CELEBRATE!!!) your birthday.

As my first born, you will always have a special place in my heart.  You are no longer a baby, and that makes me sad, but you are so much fun these days!  Even when you are being contrary, you usually make me laugh.  I do wish you’d let me give you a thousand kisses all at the same time without pulling away, but I guess I can see how that might be slightly annoying.  It’s fun being able to have a conversation with you – and that you remember so much. I love being your mama so much.  I love you, my sweet pea!  (but know that next year I really am going to tone it down for your birthday)

Love,

Mama

Merry Christmas

I hope everyone has a great Christmas with family and loved ones!

I will leave you with the immortal words of Avery Jessup from 30 Rock…

“Happy holidays is what terrorists say.  Merry Christmas from Avery and Jack”

 

 

They look so happy…

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We still need to get candy for the trick or treaters… at least Halloween is on a Saturday this year.  Many thanks to My Pal Al for making this post so easy for me (and for dressing up the pups – Ruby is jealous!  Well, not really…)!

More next week on the craftiness that I have been up to… have a great, safe weekend!

So Adorable!

I haven’t had a chance to download the photos from my camera recently, so here is a peak into our nursery…

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Our red mid-century modern Eames rocker! I love love love it! And it is really comfortable. Boom’s mom and 2 sisters bought this little gem for us.

This weekend Boom was really busy putting together all of the following:

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Our crib! Isn’t is just too too cute?! I love the gray – that is the color we based our wall color on (lighter) and frames (same exact color).

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Our super adorable bassinet! Yarbs and Joe very generously got this gift for us. It is so so cute! and looks good (actually looks good!) where ever it is. Our activity gym (and mobile) fits on top of it – to make it even even cuter!

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Our Dwell Studio swing! I couldn’t find a swing that wasn’t a lot of plastic, so this was the best of what is available. and it is really cute. My cousin, T, and his wife, S, were really kind to send this to us! Their baby, Z, will be about 1 year older than Cash Money – which is the same distance as T and I. I am excited that CM will have a cousin close in age! Hopefully we’ll be able to get them together soon after he is born, and often.

Things are coming together! We have a lot of things to put on the walls and hang up – soon enough the room will be done! I am making his crib bumper (as I haven’t been able to find one that I like off the shelf) – it’s going to be good 🙂

Update:  I’ve decided to get off the cr@ck and just buy him a crib bumper and crib set.  Last night when I was working on the bumper, I realized it was not turning out exactly like I wanted, that the fabric was not quite right, and that I didn’t want to be spending so much time making a bumper.  I will likely turn it into a quilt of sorts.  Now I am on the quest to find the crib set that is just right for Cash Money!  Wish me luck!

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I am such a lucky girl – and so is this baby… to be surrounded by some much love…

I had a great surprise when I got home today – a package from my pal Al!

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It was full of goodies for little Cash Money!  So many cute, cute things!  I can’t wait for him to be able to use them all:

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Love the blanket – it is super soft – and had rick rack around the edge!  Same with the adorable bib – rick rack everywhere!  Love it!  And the teeny little shoes – how adorable are they?!  with little pups on them!!!  They are all handmade goodies she got from Etsy.

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Thanks so much Al, I love ya!  So glad we’ve been friends for 20+ years – here’s to 20+ more!

Flocking to the Zoo

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This past Thursday, RAH and I flocked on over to the Houston Zoo – I had not yet been to the zoo and was curious about their new young professional group. I was worried it was going to be hot – and it was a bit warm, but there was a breeze and it cooled down quite a bit by the end. It was a really good time! We met up with K, a new friend of mine that I think is hilarious. She had a posse with her, so we just hang out with them all.

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Here’s K – wearing a strapless romper! Very cute and stylish, but using the restroom would be annoying to me.

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RAH had a really good time – and she was right – it was a nice mix of folks and ages. Not the usual suspects like when I go to any performing arts young professional event. We were with the elephants!

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Here’s the baby – I think he is just 3 or 4 years old. But still weighs tons! I did feel bad, as the zoo was small and the elephant area was very small, with 4 elephants in it. I was glad to hear that they do brain stimulating exercises with the elephants, so that is a good thing.

After my trip to Africa many moons ago, I am torn about zoos. They are a good way to continue the species and have people experience animals that they likely would never be lucky to see in their natural habitat, but the spaces are so small. On the way to the elephants, we passed the leopards – their cage was quite small as well! I really felt bad for them, as they are used to being able to run and stretch their legs. [sigh] I guess zoos are necessary. But still made me sad for the animals…

Yummy!

Boom got his hair cut this weekend at a place in Uptown Park – and of course he was a dear and brought home some Crave Cupcakes for us!

img_2289I, of course, thought half a dozen was way too many – and I was planning on sharing with Yarbs, but she didn’t end up coming over on Sunday  – so Boom had 2 of the 6 and last night I finished the last one of the 4 that I ate.

The buddha (belly) has been happy with cupcakes in it!  I sometimes just have to feed that monster 😉  Anyway, diets are no fun.  If I was really hungry all the time, I would be super grumpy, and no one wants that.