31 July, 2016

Hayes is Wild One!

As you all know, Hayes turned one year old a couple weeks back but we had to postpone his party when he suddenly got sick. Well, today we finally got to celebrate him once and for all! (I know. Longest drawn out birthday celebration ever. Haha.) I threw a "Where The Wild Things Are" themed soiree. I included some subtle references from the book, and lots of tropical boho touches too.

Everything was DIY'ed except most of the food, which I had catered from a local grocery store deli. I bought the macramé plant hangers from Amazon.

My sister-in-law, Ashley, AKA the party planning QUEEN, put together the charcuterie boards for me. Remind me to have one of these at every party. They were a hit. Plus they look fancy!

We ate, drank, swam, and enjoyed cake of course!

At the end of the party, guests potted their own flower and herb seeds in a terra cotta pot to take home.

After all was said and done, I think Hayes had a blast. He's winding down right about now and I can tell he's ready to crash.

Thank you soooooo much to all of our friends and family who came out to celebrate with us. We love and appreciate you all and everything you do for our little buddy.

I had so much fun planning this little shindig for my little guy... is it too soon to start planning birthday numero dos?

22 July, 2016

Friday Five

I decided to partake in the practice of posting your five favorite things for the week. I was inspired by my sister-in-law, Ashley and her High Five for Friday post. So here we go with 5 things I'm obsessed with right now:

1. Baby Dates - Now that Hayes walks, going out with him is SO much fun. He's like a little person now! My favorite things to do with him this summer is taking him to waterparks and splash pads. He's a riot.

He and Mia loved the Aquatic Center

At Liberation Coffee, they gave him his own cup of milk.

2. Home Renovations - Since we bought a 33 year old house, it seems we're always working on something around here. Right now we're updating the guest/Hayes' bathroom and the front entryway.

During the planning process of the bathroom.


As if we didn't have enough going on, I thought it'd be a good time to start pulling the wallpaper down. Of course once I start something, Justin always ends up coming in to clean up my mess.

3. Blue Bell Cookie Two Step - Need I say more? I'm probably going to finish this gallon tub by myself!

4. Hayes' Birthday Party - Since it was postponed due to the Hand, Foot, Mouth virus (which we are 100% recovered from, thank goodness), we rescheduled for the end of the month and it feels as if it will never arrive! The good thing is it gives me extra time to work on party projects I put on hold when he got sick.

5. Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt on Netflix - I'm obsessed. It's soooo funny that I've been binge watching it for the last couple of weeks. I just finished the 2nd season and I cannot wait until the 3rd! Next on my binge list is Stranger Things. I've heard good things and I'm ready to get hooked on another series.

17 July, 2016

Happy Birthday, Hayes!

I'm still in shock that my first born is one year old. It's hard to believe that Justin and I have been proud parents of this wild and crazy kid for a whole year.

These "weekly" photos have gotten so difficult with all the squirming and fussing and flat out standing up and walking away. Luckily we're at the end of the road at week 52. Congrats buddy, you're off the hook!

As for his birthday party, well... it didn't happen.

Hayes came down with a really aggressive fever on Wednesday that just wouldn't let up. His pediatrician recommended that we take him to Children's Hospital where they diagnosed him with Hand, Foot & Mouth Disease (a really misleading name for the viral infection). The ER doctor said it would get much worse before it got better so we took all necessary precautions: stocked up on meds, postponed the party, and waited for the worst to come. We should have figured that our little tough guy would handle it like a champ, because by the next day he was already fever free and back to his old self. Oh well, better safe than sorry!

Yesterday, when we were supposed to be celebrating him with a Wild Things pool party at our house, we spent one on one time with our birthday boy doing things he loves to do. First: presents!

Justin and I fixed up a well-loved play kitchen we scored for $15. I love the contrast between the gray-green cabinets and the red-orange knobs. We filled it with Land of Nod crates of wooden food and tiny spatulas I found at Target. We gave it to Hayes for his birthday and he's been having a blast with it.

After breakfast and his morning nap, we headed off to really neat splash pad near us. He was so brave and ran right through all the water features without hesitation. He pretty much thinks he's a big kid now.

He made sure dad got in on some of the water action.

Next up (after yet another nap, of course), Frost bakery for some cupcakes with Mimi and Poppy!

Next, we walked over to a second splash pad and Hayes went wild again. Dinner was an easy decision: Chick-fil-a! This dude can put away a grilled nugget kids meal like it's nobody's business.

After all was said and done, I think he had a fun day after all. That's the wonderful thing about 1 year olds: they're really easy to please!
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