My baby girl turned one this month! We had such an amazing party and I am so excited to share it with you! Since making party decorations is what I do for a living, it was fun as well as super stressful trying to narrow down what theme I wanted to do. I wanted to make sure that everything was perfect and it was! I am excited to share all the little details with you as well as the listings on my shop where you can buy your own!
I swear I had a list of like 8 parties that I was debating when I first started pinning things for her party. I still have them in my back pocket for themes to create for other birthdays or even for my shop. When I saw the Pow Wow theme, I already knew it was one of my favorites. Avery has some Native American bloodlines on her dad’s side, so I thought it would be fitting that we had a Pow Wow party to celebrate her big day.
We had the party in my Grandma ad Grandpa Bloesser’s backyard. They have the most beautiful backyard full of flowers and all sorts of amazingness! Thank you so much for letting us take over your house and backyard for this big day! I will forever cherish the memories of this special day! Now onto some decor!
Her namesake grandma, Great Grandma Jean made her smash cake, it was carrot cake and it was delicious! Also a big shout out to Alex’s mom, Grandma Tafoya for crocheting the adorable tiara for her party hat! Aunt Heather also sent Avery her boho chic vest for her party as well! It is amazing how blessed my girl is to have so many people that love her! You will see as I march on with this post that it was really a family affair! Everyone pitched in on food, decorating, taking pictures, etc. to make this day happen!
I was so lucky to have some great photographers for Avery’s birthday! This one was taken by my cousin Charly. She lives in Elkhart, KS and takes so beautiful pictures. Check her out on Facebook and she comes highly recommended by me! Thanks again for all the candid shots and family shots you did for us! You have an eye for it girl! My sister Heather also stormed through the party getting some amazing shots as well! Thanks sister!
Now let’s talk food! We had the party at 11:00 AM, so we served lunch. It was such a beautiful day outside and everyone enjoyed visiting awhile before they started helping themselves to all the yummies we had inside.
And now for my favorite part…DESSERT!!! This was so special because every grandma had a food item at the party!
So I stole an idea from one of the moms in my playgroup and I love the way it turned out! Unfortunately, I put it above the dessert bar and hardly anyone noticed it! I had to take some pictures in our backyard though because I loved the idea! I rounded up a picture of Alex and I on our first birthdays with our cakes and Avery’s smash cake picture and it was a comparison of us all on our first birthdays!
I have a ton of pictures that I went through and decided just to make a little slideshow with them all for your viewing pleasure! The day was perfect and thank you to everyone who was able to make it out to celebrate one special lady! We were surrounded by everyone we love and we really appreciate it!
I am sitting down to write this post and it still seems so unreal to me that my baby girl is turning one. It seems like only yesterday that I was sitting in the back of the car with her on the way home from the hospital. I can remember Alex and I talking about how we almost couldn’t even look at her without crying.
I can remember our first night at the hospital and Alex was holding Avery and singing “Rock-a-Bye Baby” to her. I can remember how much love in my heart there was for both of them at that moment, I though my heart would burst. Avery is a pretty lucky girl to have such an amazing daddy. It is so fun to watch him with her.
Today is Father’s Day as well as Avery’s first birthday so I wanted to throw a quick shout out to my husband. Thank you for all you do for our family. You work so hard so that I can stay home with her and we are so blessed for that. Thank you for rubbing my feet when I was swollen and pregnant and for putting up with my crazy hormones before and once she was here. Avery is really lucky to have you to call daddy. It melts my heart when she lights up when you come home and when she loves on you.
Those first couple of days, weeks even were full of so many emotions. Here we were with this new life and all of a sudden we were in charge of keeping her alive! There were so many things that we were adjusting to. One thing that was really important to me was breastfeeding. While preparing for her arrival, I went to a class and did a lot of research and reading. I guess I was not aware of how hard it was going to be.
Her latch was not great at first and I was cracked, sore, and bleeding, but I pushed through and went to a support group to seek out help when she was only 5 days old. My mom took me and it was one of the best things I could have ever done for us. Not only did I find the advice and support I needed, but I stumbled upon the most amazing women that would soon lead to our playgroup that we go to every week.
I cannot tell you how blessed I feel to have become part of that playgroup. It is such a great way for Avery to build her social skills and has been a great outlet for me as well. I have built amazing relationships with these other mommies and it is so fun to watch our babes grow up together! I look forward to our playgroups and get together every week!
Just a quick shout out to my playgroup mommies and babies! Thank you for including us in the group! I cherish the moments, laughs, and support from you all and look forward to many more as the babies grow!
Back to breastfeeding for a minute, I have a few pictures I want to share. It was such an accomplishment for us to make it this far and to celebrate, I have a few pictures to share. Sorry if it bothers anyone, but I think these pictures are beautiful and to celebrate one year of nursing, here they are!
It is crazy what a journey breastfeeding has been for me. I am sure there will be some people shocked that I shared these pictures, but they. Really do mean so much to me. Breastfeeding isn’t something that comes natural like you think it does. It is hardworking and I am so blessed that I found the r support to make it this far! Not all moms are that lucky.
Words cannot really describe the feelings and emotions you have when you become a mom for the first time. The love in my heart for this girl is bigger than anything I have ever felt before. She is my everything. Her giggles, smiles, and curiosity is what keeps me going everyday and I’m so lucky to have her call me mama.
Avery has such an amazing personality. She can literally light up a room wherever she goes. She loves to wave hello and grin at anyone she sees. That little nose scrunch and toothy smile will brighten anyone’s day. She loves to give kisses and hugs. My girl melts my heart everyday. I find myself looking at her in awe and just thinking how lucky I am to have this sweet girl in my life. She is curious, smart, adventurous, and tough. I will do a separate post about her birthday part, but for now I leave you with some of my favorite pictures of Avery this year!
Well as many of you know, I have about a million pictures of this little cutie, but I think I will stop there. I will leave you with a video of Avery’s One Year Photo Shoot by the amazing and talented Kelley Baker. Not only did she capture these beautiful pictures, but she also created this darling slideshow of the pictures for us to cherish. Thank you Kelley!
Alex and I went in on a half side of beef with my sister and her husband last year. It is so nice to just go straight to the deep freeze and pull out whatever I need to thaw. The one thing that never gets pulled? Tenderized Round Steak. I have finally figured out a few recipes to help get rid of some of the tenderized round steak in our beef stash.
This recipe can be substituted with regular steak, which would be delicious as well. What I like about this recipe is that I can get everything cut earlier in the day and have it ready to put together when I am ready to make supper.
Today is my first Mother’s Day. I had a pretty amazing day today. Woke up at 6:30 AM thanks to the sweet girl who calls me mama. Breakfast for her in bed as usual, then Alex made me French toast. Not just any French toast, but Martha Stewart French toast. He even substituted Grand Marnier instead of orange zest and added some cinnamon sugar (yum)! It was delicious. He didn’t even make a gluten free substitute, so he didn’t even get to try it! He usually makes a few pieces for him, but it was just for me and it is a lot of work, so I felt pretty special. Avery didn’t even get any because it takes awhile to make and that girl needed a nap. She had a waffle instead and mommy got to relax a bit.
It was sweet because he slipped it out there and I was surprised. Avery did not take much of a nap, so we brought her out on the patio with us and she played in her exersaucer while we ate. I love eating breakfast with my family and eating outside!
Here’s My Mother’s Day gift from Avery!
It was supposed to start raining so Alex decided to mow. I have been wanting to plant some flowers and so Avery and I went and got sweet potato vine and flowers! It was nice spending time together. It started sprinkling right as we were finishing up. We had so much fun!
The rest of the day consisted of FaceTiming with his mom and mine. We then went and had burgers and ice cream. It was a great end to the day! I have to throw a huge shout out to my husband who works so hard for our family that I get to stay home with my sweet girl and get to soak in everything it is to be a mommy! Thank you Alex. I love you and couldn’t really be a mommy without you!
This past year has been so crazy. Being a mother is something I have always wanted to do and I am so blessed to get to enjoy every moment with my little cutie. She is a little mini me and I love her to pieces. She brings so much joy into our lives. I can’t believe I am planning her first birthday already. I can’t believe how fast it really goes! I love that sweet girl!
A few shout outs to some amazing mommies in my life!
Just wanted to say thank you to all the important mommies in my life. The list could go on, because I have a ton of beautiful mommy friends that help me get through all the craziness of motherhood. So thank you to all of you other mommies out there!