Sunday, April 30, 2017

Emery Turns THREE! {Sweet Shoppe Party}

Click here to read about Emery's pink and gold first birthday party!
Click here to read about Emery's Elmo second birthday party!

Oh my goodness. HOW can I be writing about my baby's third birthday?!? It just doesn't seem possible. 😭


I had a little bit of a hard time coming up with the theme this year. I like doing character parties because there are so many fun ideas for those, but Emery really isn't into one specific character right now. She goes through phases with Daniel Tiger, Mickey, and Veggie Tales. After some thinking and searching on Pinterest, I had the idea of doing a party centered around sweets. One thing Emery is consistent with is her love of any sweet treat! 🍨🍩🍪🍫🍬🍭 I thought about doing a baking party, but I felt like she was a little too young for that, so I settled on "Emery's Sweet Shoppe"! It ended up being a really fun theme to do...and she loved it!

I found some clip art on Etsy I liked which gave me the color scheme and she already had a dress that was perfect for her invitation! Thankfully, we had a nice day in February where we were able to get a sweet picture for her invitation.


It's hard to get a "real" smile from her these days. When we tell her to smile, she usually closes her eyes and makes a crazy face. I think I was either tickling Daniel or he was doing a crazy Scooby Doo voice when we got this sweet smile. 😂💗

I always dread starting the invitation because I feel like it takes me forever to come up with something I'm happy with, but this one came together pretty quickly! I love all the colors!

This invitation design is available in my Etsy shopClick here if you're interested!
Click here for a matching thank you card!

Once again this year, the sweet people at this Etsy shop sent us a big box with a *ton* of fun balloons to use for the party! Emery *loves * balloons so much! They were definitely a highlight for her! I just adore these confetti balloons! They are so fun and you can choose your confetti colors to match your party perfectly!

The Etsy shop that generously provided all of the balloons for Emery's party is offering all of my readers a coupon code for 10% off a purchase of $10 or more. The code is BLESSED10 and it is valid through December 31, 2017. Yay! I promise you will love these balloons!! Click here to visit their shop.

{You can click on any of the pictures to see them larger.}


They also sent us the big "3" balloons and the adorable candy themed "Happy Birthday" balloons! Even though the party was over a month ago, these balloons are still floating and Emery is still playing with them!



Along with all of those fun balloons, they also sent us a bunch of small balloons and large swirl balloons that all matched the colors we were using. We wrapped these in cellophane and hung them around the kitchen and dining room to look like wrapped candies! I *loved* these!!!


Here's a close up of the larger ones. They gave the kitchen such a fun touch!


This is the best picture I have of the whole kitchen where you can see more of the large candies hanging from the ceiling. They were super cute!


The table decorations were pretty simple for the kitchen table. Just a tablecloth, a cute candy themed box {from Hobby Lobby}, a sign that matched the rest of the decor, and some fun confetti that matched the balloons from this shop.


We hung the little candies in the dining room, too.


I pretty much did the same thing for the dining room table as I did for the kitchen. Just a tablecloth, some cute boxes and signs, some vases from the Dollar Tree filled with jelly beans, and this polka dot paper runner {Target Dollar Spot!} which just happened to match perfectly!






One of my favorite parts of Emery's party every year is setting up the dessert table. I loved how fun and colorful it turned out this year! It was definitely her favorite part!!


Considering the theme this year, we had quite a selection on the dessert table!! We had chocolate cupcakes and sugar cookies...



LOTS of candy... Gummy worms, gummy bears, Starburst, Pixy Stix, fruity Tootsie Rolls, Easter M&M's, Starburst jelly beans, and Skittles! Emery was in heaven! 😂 I got the colored buckets at Hobby Lobby and Target, the clear candy bowls and colored scoops are from Party City, and the glass heart dish is from the Dollar Tree.


I wasn't originally planning to do an actual birthday cake since we were having cupcakes, cookies, and tons of candy, but Emery started talking about her party and said she wanted a pink birthday cake with sprinkles. So Nana made her one! She loved it, of course! It was so funny when it was time blow out the candle because she still doesn't know how to blow bubbles or candles. She just goes, "fffff"! We also had some Easter colored marshmallows on this side of the table {blue candy bowl from Party City} and I made some colored mints with some white chocolate mint candy melts from Hobby Lobby. The marshmallows might have actually been Emery's favorite candy out of them all! She ate a *lot* of marshmallows!

Everyone made little bags of candy to take home with those mini polka dot paper bags {from Hobby Lobby}.


I also made a stats poster this year with all of Emery's current favorite things! It's so fun {and a little bittersweet} to look back on these every year!


This custom stats poster is available in my Etsy shopClick here if you're interested!
For the menu, we did ham and cheese sliders, cheesy Ro-Tel bacon cups, mac and cheese bites, veggies and dip, chips and dip, and fruit cups. You can't see it very well in this picture and we didn't get a close up, but I loved how the silverware turned out. I wrapped the silverware in a napkin and then put a candy bracelet around it! They're in the back on the left side of this picture. I saw the idea on Pinterest and it turned out super cute!


We just did punch and water for drinks. I made water bottle labels that matched the rest of the decor. We made this punch recipe and it was really good!


And now for some picture of our precious birthday girl!! This is probably my favorite one of her from the whole party! She was *so* excited!




We got pictures with all the party guests early so we didn't get busy and forget. Emery *adores* all of her family members and talks about them all the time. 💕

With her sweet cousin Vanna who she loves so much! And she's totally holding onto a marshmallow here... 😂


Nana and Poppa with the birthday girl!


Uncle DJ, Aunt Allie, and Vanna!


Uncle Steve, Aunt Chari, Zach, Marah, and Cole! We missed Jayma!


And finally one with Mommy and Daddy!


After pictures, it was finally time to eat! Emery was so excited that she barely ate anything...except maybe some jelly beans from the table centerpieces. 😉

Then we opened presents! She was definitely ready for this! Silly girl!


Love this one! And I can't believe she's 3!


She got some new dress up outfits from Mommy and Daddy along with a few other things...


A doctor's kit, doctor coat, and Daniel Tiger book about going to the doctor {which she can now pretty much recite} from Aunt Allie, Uncle DJ, and Vanna. Emery even wore that doctor coat to her check-up later that week! 😂 Her doctor was very impressed when she knew what an otoscope was!


A beautiful jewelry box from Nana and Poppa that had one of my childhood necklaces in it. She wanted to put it on right away. She also got some clothes, books, and an art easel from Nana and Poppa which she loves!


And a Minnie Mouse microwave that talks and lights up from Uncle Steve and Aunt Char! She loved hearing Minnie talk!


After she opened all of her presents, we took her outside for her big present from Mommy and Daddy...a trampoline! It was cold on her birthday, so we had to get bundled up first. It was totally a labor of love on Daniel's part putting this thing together! But the look on her face was worth it! She loves it!


We went back inside to sing to our birthday girl and have cake and ice cream and we didn't take any pictures of that! 😔

She had so much fun at her party and seeing her so happy and excited is just the best! 💕

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Tuesday, April 18, 2017

34 Weeks



How Far Along: 34 weeks and 3 days

Size of Baby: According to The Bump, the baby is about 17.7 inches long and weighs about 4.7 pounds. I can definitely tell she's running out of room in there!

Gender: It's a girl!! Her name is Sadie Hope!

Maternity Clothes: Yes, and getting less and less comfortable.

Wedding Rings On/Off: On, but I still feel a little swelling every now and then.

Stretch Marks: Maybe a couple on my tummy. I'm not sure how my skin is going to possibly stretch any more without getting stretch marks! I feel so big!

Sleep: Well, I was sleeping pretty well most nights, but these last two nights were terrible. I just tossed and turned, could not get comfortable, and could not get to sleep for more than an hour at a time. It sure does make the nights feel long when it's like that!

Cravings/Aversions: I heard a commercial on the radio that mentioned lemon pie and I turned it up because I was like, "I need that lemon pie!" But it ended up being an ice cream commercial. My mom made me a whole lemon pie, though, and it was *so* good!!

Symptoms: I don't think I've had any new symptoms...just more of the same. And the general discomfort has just gotten worse. Laying down is pretty much the only comfortable position. Sitting makes me feel too crunched up. I'm also getting more and more tired every day. My ears have actually gotten a little bit better. I had to start taking some amoxicillin because of a bug bite I got, and Daniel thinks that it's helped my ears. They still plug almost every day, but not as often and it doesn't last as long. It has been *so* nice!!

Movement: Sadie is still moving all the time and she's getting stronger! You can see my belly jump sometimes when she kicks! 

Mood: I'm getting more and more excited to meet Sadie and see Emery with her. I'm still pretty nervous to have a newborn again, though! It feels like it's been such a long time and I don't remember everything!

What I Miss: Being comfortable and having energy!

Looking Forward To: I am really looking forward to getting back on a somewhat normal routine. Our house got hit by a tree about a month ago during a storm and we've been so busy trying to take care of everything involved with that. The last several weekends and pretty much every evening are consumed with house projects, which has been stressing me out because there's so much other stuff to do.

Best Moment This Week: Several things that I've ordered have come in this last week! My favorite is this name cutout for above Sadie's crib. I can't wait to hang it!!


We also got the pictures back from our photographer from our last session! These are a few of our favorites!










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