Sidney’s Cupcake Birthday Party

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My little girl is ONE!

On Sunday afternoon, we had our closest friends & family over to celebrate her big day with a cupcake-themed bash. The weather turned from a rainy, cold morning to bright, sunny and 65 degrees during the party. We lucked out!

The party guests ranged in age from 8 months to 8 years old, so we had a variety of activities set up for all ages. Craft tables for the older kids, mini-cupcake decorating for all ages and a ton of outside toys in the driveway for kids to ride on and push. I picked up a mini-bounce house at Toys R’ Us the day before the party (7’x7′) and was filled with kids during the entire party!

If I was a good blogger, I would have taken detailed pictures of all the activities and put them on Pinterest. I have to be completely real with y’all though and let you know the tables weren’t “Pinterest-craft-blogger beautiful,” though functional. I wish I could say I made the cake and cupcakes too, but I didn’t. I bought them from Wright’s Dairy Farm (North Smithfield, RI) and they were DELICIOUS! Wright’s does a fantastic job and has the best customer service. I first tasted their cake at Jen’s (Keekoin.com) daughter’s party this summer and knew I had to get one for our parties. The cake was a yellow cake with strawberry filling and REAL whipped cream frosting. Amazing.

I’ve known what our birthday party entertainment would be since January when we bought a Rock-a-Baby birthday party at our friend’s fundraiser. We had Rock-a-Baby come to Jackson’s first birthday party and knew that since Sidney LOVES music that they were a must for her first party. The kids had a blast dancing and singing along!

Sidney’s first birthday party will probably be the last birthday we host at our house for some time. It was easier 2 years ago when our friends just had 1 kid, but in the past 2 years our crew has exploded with most families having 2-3 kids a piece. What was 10 kids per party has now transformed to 30 kids! I love our big families but it will be a lot easier letting someone up set up & clean up (which is why I already have Monkey Joe’s booked for Jackson’s party in 6 weeks.)

Yesterday was a perfect reminder of how wonderful our friends and families are. My Mom and Step-dad flew in from Florida for the weekend, so it was nice to have some Florida family at the party. Family and friends are what life is all about and getting together at celebrations is one of my favorite blessings.

I made a quick, 3 minute video for Sidney’s first year if you want to check it out:

 

Sidney’s outfit: Mud Pie
Sidney’s hair clip: custom cupcake clip by Lily Blooms Creations

 

Letters to Sidney: 11 Months

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Dear Sidney,

Please accept my apologies for being late on your letter this month (again). You’re almost a year old and I’m just now getting the time to write your 11 month letter. Let me start off by letting you know that even at 11.5 months old, you are “little miss thing.” Your sass and strength always bring a smile to Dad & me.

You’re learning how to walk now, but still rely on cruising along the coffee table or wall and strolling behind baby shopping carts and walkers. I believe if you let go you’d be able to walk on your own with no problem. That’s sort of how life is though, isn’t it Sidney Girl? You never know what you are capable of until you let go and just do it. If I was a betting woman, I would bet on you walking by your first birthday (which happens to be in 2 weeks).

In the past month you got your first tooth! It’s a lower tooth, right in the middle, and appears to be perfect! You weren’t too dramatic when it came in either (much less dramatic than your big brother when he got his first tooth). One of my favorite parts of having two children is seeing how different you and your brother are, even with the exact same genetics and environment. If I had to guess what careers you and Jackson would have, I would guess actor or doctor for Jackson and professional athlete or comedian for you.

You love to “work a room” with your tricks, including rubbing your hand across your mouth until everyone in the room laughs. Here’s a video of you “racing” Jackson in your walker, complete with the little snorting you do to get laughs from anyone in the room.

 

You still love to eat and your absolute favorite food in the world is ICE CREAM. If you spot the cups that Daddy and I use to eat ice cream out of, you absolutely fly across the room to get yourself a taste. It’s endearing. You still love mac & cheese mixed with peas and will only eat baby food (like prunes) if it is in a squeezie and you can feed yourself. Miss Independent.

You still nap twice a day, but sleeping at night has taken a turn for the worse this month. I think you’re working on new milestones (like walking) and your brain keeps you up at night. I don’t mind, because when you’re a teenager trying to sleep all day I will remember these nights…

As always, thanks for being such a joy to us.

All my love,
Mama