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Zachary turned 1!

365 days have past since my sweet baby entered the world. It’s amazing how fast that year seemed to go. There is no way to slow down time and make your children grow a little slower. You blink and they have passed another milestone!

To Zachary, January 12 was just another day. To the rest of the family, January 12 was a celebration. A celebration for a little boy who has rocked our world and turned it upside down! We wanted to make the day special for him. A special day for a special boy. After a sugar filled breakfast commemorating mommy’s last meal, we headed to the mall so Zachary could play in their play area. Plenty of room to crawl and climb. What else could a monkey want? For lunch, we headed to McDonald’s so both kids could play some more. The location has a little area designed for little ones- perfect for Zachary. Emily could run off some energy while Zachary got to play as well. It had several of his favorite things- meat, steering wheels and slides.

After a much needed nap, Zachary opened some presents. Emily was pretty antsy for this part. His eyes lit up when he saw his Cozy Coupe. It was a car! And it had wheels! And he has a more than willing older sister who will push him around for long periods of time. It doesn’t get much better than that. Once he saw the coupe it was pretty much over for the rest of the presents. After several trips in his new wheels, we headed over to Applebee’s for dinner with Grandma and Aunt Kristina. Dinner was good but it was made even better by one of his favorite people in the world- his Gaga.

Then came cake. You can’t have a birthday without cake! I made him a “1” cake to share with everyone. He got to smash into a pretty large piece. It was so funny because he didn’t know what to do with his cake. The look in his eyes was “Mommy, usually you cut my food up for me.” He was pretty unsure of the whole situation. He finally decided to go for it. He picked up the WHOLE piece and started gnawing on it. There was no smashing or grabbing. He was eating it all in one piece.

I think Zachary partied pretty hard for a 1 year old!

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Party preparations

It seems like we finished up Christmas and headed right into birthday season! No sooner than the tree came down, I got started on Zachary’s birthday party. We decided on a monkey theme for our little monkey. Invitations were sent and then the planning began. I knew I wanted a monkey theme but didn’t know exactly what. Finally found the “mod monkey” design and ran with it.

I ordered a few supplies from a party website and some graphics from Etsy (LOVE that site!). I used the graphics to create most of the decorations for Zachary’s party. I am, by far, not Martha Stewart. I just enjoy doing this kind of stuff. It drives me crazy half the time but the end result is totally worth it. Even though the guest of honor didn’t know what was going on. I even made his “smash” cake. It was a little big but pretty cute- if I do say so myself.

Without further ado, here are the pictures!


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Cooking with royalty

It is so cold today! Too cold to get outside in my opinion. We scrapped our plans to go to the library because I just couldn’t bring myself to take the kids out in sub-zero wind chill. So we have been having fun around the house. I bought some steel cut oats a few weeks back and saw a recipe for cookies on the back that I had been wanting to try. I decided that today was a good day to crank up the oven and bake.

Little did I know, I was getting to bake with royalty! Princess Tiana and her imaginary prince decided that they wanted to bake some cookies too. By helping mix, they knew that they could sample the product. Smart!

Making steel cut oat and craisin cookies!


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