Why do I have a blog?

I was giving a gift that keeps on giving.  My grandfather who I admire immensely wrote short stories during his adult life.  Stories about people he worked with, people he meet, people he admired especially his family.  He wrote these stories and had them put into binders with pictures and all.  He graciously gifted these stories, all 5 binders 2inches a piece to each of his 5 grand children and his 2 children.  These binders have moved house to house, town to town, state to state and honestly collected dust.

My sister about a year ago took her to be spiral bound and said that they now sit on her coffee table, bedside table and elsewhere she’s likely to pick one up.  No story is longer than a few pages; so to sit for a moment and get lost in a time period when monthly rent was $1.75 and you walked to get where you needed to, go is special.  Christmas rolled around and I was jealous that she was enjoying her books and mine were collecting dust.  I requested that she have mine bound not an expensive items but one that took time.  She did and I have been enjoying them so much.  Escaping from my little New England town in Rhode Island to his little New England town in Massachusetts.

As I’ve been reading these books I realize why I enjoy writing this blog.  I’m not one for story telling and not one for keeping journals in a timely fashion; but I do want to leave my mark, even if it’s little.  I feel like these small snapshots into my wacky world and personality perhaps will one day be read by my kids and perhaps their kids.  They’ll look back on the memories that they help be a part of or were based around them.  Some glowing and some not.  They will look at the crafts and say I remember and perhaps try them with their kids.  They will go thru the piles of art work I’ve collected or made over the years and understand why it was so special to me.

So yes I enjoy my little blog with my few followers, but hopefully when they are older and past the hatting mom teen years, my favorite followers will be my kids.

A Pink & Green 1st Birthday Party

A first birthday is a BIG deal.  It’s a year full of first for your little cutie but it’s also a year full of first for the parents.  I like to call it a congratulations parent party.  Congratulations you made it, with a lack of sleep, new routines, and milestones galore.  That all being said celebrating my daughter’s 1st birthday was pretty special.  I was lost on a good party theme so we stuck with two colors that were fun, happy, and welcomed summer; pink and green.

Shout it from the roof tops my little lady is turning ONE.  My friend Julia at the blog A Little Bee Told Me made these adorable invitations.  All I said were the colors and that I wanted a picture of the birthday girl.  We had a bit of fun with a photo shoot and Julia took it from there. Hailey1bday_webOnce I had some basic details set it became a lot of fun.  I pulled all sorts of things that are fun when you’re one, toys and bubbles etc.

I set a special place for cake time, and remembered the background.   There will be tons of cameras clicking that day, having a neutral and nice backdrop will allow the focus to be on your little one.   These photos are bound to become a special part of your memories and scrapbooks.  IMG_0291

IMG_0269Time for CAKE!  Cake it’s the best part of a 1 year old’s birthday party.  Watching them potentially smash into that much sugar, as an adult, can be hysterical.  We had two little cakes as my husband was away at work; so we celebrated once when he was home and again with family.  He melted my heart by having flowers delivered to both my daughter and I that day.


IMG_0262Kids and balloons, can’t go wrong with fun decorations.  I also had pre-made a little frozen treat full of toys for our two pup friends to keep them busy on the warm day. Think of it as a puppy pinata.

I was exhausted after a busy day of fun and hosting.  It was amazing to be surrounded by the people that will make up my daughter’s “village”; cause lord knows I’ll need a village.

To see my son’s 1st birthday party with an UNO theme click here.