Monday, June 27, 2011

Sylvia's 1!

My baby turned one yesterday. She must have known it was her birthday, she was so happy and funny yesterday. We were in Maquoketa in the morning because we had gone to a wedding Saturday night. Kate Bowman (I mean Kate Meinecke) got married, and it was one hell of a wedding! Sylvia hung around until a little after 9:00 and then she headed home with her grandparents. I got to drive people home after the reception (woo hoo), but I think not being hung over for Sylvia's first birthday was worth it.

 This is a picture from the ride home on her birthday. She was loving my sunglasses. I think they look pretty good. Having such a late night, she slept most of the way home. After we got home and Sylvia finished her nap, it was time to open a present.

The funny part is that this present was actually intended for Nolan Lahey, Sylvia's future husband, for his baptism... until we realized he already had it. But Sylvia had so much fun playing with his that we decided it would be perfect to give to her for her birthday.

 This is Sylvia face planting over the top of it. That's how we open gifts at the Pauls house. Also, this was just a lucky shot. I wasn't waiting for her to hurt herself for a photo op.


Opening. She took forever. Her party is going to be 18 hours long.

Ta dah! It's a super adorable race car. She loves it! She played with it for a whole five minutes before returning to little Taco Bell dog doll she got from Grandma and Grandpa Pauls over the weekend. She loves that thing. You can see it in the first two pictures of her opening her present.

We played outside for a little while on a blanket, Sylvia still doesn't know for sure how she feels about that grass stuff. We're pretty sure Sylvia said daddy for the first time while she was reaching for Blake. She's also been saying something that sounds like mamamamama recently, but I don't think it's deliberate.
After that, Aunt Kristin and Uncle Al came over for a bit. And then it was dinner time! It was also bath night, so I thought we might as well let her get messy. The birthday menu was a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, some goldfish crackers, beans, and some purple fruit.

It was so good, she almost passed out.


Uncle Al is a really funny guy.

I'm not sure if I should worry, but Kristin had red eyes like this in every picture when she was little... let's hope it's not a sign.

She wants to be picked up. Yuck. So we pretty much went straight to the bath after that.

She had an awesome birthday mohawk.

  I love my baby.

Now for the sad news. Syvlia's daycare is closed this week and our parents have agreed to take care of her for us. They each get her for two nights, which is awesome for them and Sylvia but sad for mommy. I had a hard time leaving today knowing that the  next time I see Sylvia will be Friday. I've never been away from her for that long, so don't be surprised if I end up talking about my mid-week trip to Maquoketa!

She's too cool for school. I took some pictures this morning because I knew I would miss her.

How cute is she? Alright, I'm getting sad so I need to stop writing and busy myself with something else.

Sylvia's first birthday was so fun, and I plan to write more about her first year later this week. And her birthday party is a little less than two weeks away, so there will be tons of pictures and stories to share. She's been such a blessing. Is it Friday yet?

Friday, June 17, 2011

It's not just raw fish!

Do you eat sushi? Because if you don't you probably should. For a long time, I didn't even consider sushi a possibility even though I had friends who adored it. Hi, Ruth Ann :) Anyway, not too long ago, thanks to my new bud Emily, I tried sushi for real for the first time. Oh man. It was awesome. We ate at a restaurant called Three Samurai in Coralville. Apparently, it's the place to go for sushi around here.

Well, Emily and I were talking the other day and decided that we needed to go again. She lives less than a mile away from it, I'm not sure how she controls herself. Here's a picture of a couple of the rolls we got this time.

This is a picture from my phone, so it doesn't do it justice. These might be my two favorites. The one with the blue is called a Cubby roll and the other is the Snake roll. I always thought I wouldn't like sushi, but I was completely wrong. The point of this post is mostly just how awesome sushi is but if I were to say there was some deep lesson to be learned, I would go with the fact that you should never avoid an experience simply because you assume you won't like it. Also, sushi really isn't just raw fish. A lot of it doesn't have any raw fish at all. So just do it.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Planning the partay

The first birthday of my firstborn is fast approaching. It makes me a little sad, but I'm mostly happy because my baby is getting to be more and more fun every single day. We had a rough patch there when she was taking one nap at daycare when she really needed two, but that's been ironed out and she's been awesome lately.

I've been hard at work planning for the party, which will be July 9th because a friend of ours is getting married the weekend of Sylvia's actual birthday. And then it's the weekend of the 4th, which would probably not work well. So we decided July 9th was a good day. It's actually been nice because that gave us some time after Kristin's wedding to get down to business.

Would you like to see some sneak peaks of what is inspiring my party planning? Sure you do!

I'm making flowers similar to these and putting them in Mason jars on the tables. If you'd like to see a tutorial for jersey knit flowers, I'm using this one. They're really super easy and you can probably make them without having to buy a thing if you own a glue gun.

I've been searching long and hard for a cake that just right. I think I finally got close. Farm without being too boy-ish is hard to do.

This may not be exactly it, but I think it gets the point across without being too cliche. I really like it. I tend to prefer square cakes, but this one looks so cute round I might just have to go with it.

Bunting was another thing I wanted to include. I've stared at this picture a lot.

So I found a tutorial online that Kristin and I are going to try out. Here's the fabrics I got for it, aren't they awesome?

The bunting is going to hang in Sylvia's bedroom afterward. It seems like a cute reminder of her first birthday.

We're going to bring out some hay bales for extra seating. I know it will never look this nice, but a girl can dream.
I'm also going to print a bunch of pictures of Sylvia to hang instead of putting out a photo album or anything like that. Mostly because I haven't put one together. My friend Emily turned me on to Picnik and the glory of their photo effects. Here are a few of my favorites, you may have already seen them but a nice effect makes it almost like new, right?

 There are like 50 more that I plan on printing. I love the old feel it gives them, it makes it look like they were taken around the time I was her age :)

Anybody have any cool ideas I should incorporate? I'm already planning on mixing cow print balloons with the pretty colored ones and getting red and white checkered table cloths for the tables. If you'd like to see more of my inspiration pictures, you can check out my Pinterest board. Also, if you not using Pinterest, you should be. Seriously.