Thursday, July 28, 2011

Isabella's Sweet Shoppe Soirée

Last weekend, two days after her actual birthday, we celebrated Isabella's birthday with a sweet shoppe. I'd been planning this party since February. Well, I decided on the theme in February, but I didn't really start on it 'til about 2 months before the party. The theme was hard to choose. There are sooo many cute girl themes out there. But I liked the idea of a candy buffet, and so it became her theme. Isabella's Sweet Shoppe in pinks and yellows with turquoise and purple accents.

The day was nice and *HOT* but not too hot, and we not only served up tons of candy but we also had a taco guy. We had 15 different candies displayed, a custom cake, homemade cupcakes (okay, boxed cake, but I iced), and ice cream cones (they were a big hit!). I assembled most of the decor with a lot of help from my niece. I'm super proud and happy with the way everything came out. The day was true perfection.

Without further ado....

Isabella's Sweet Shoppe

The invites I designed. 

Isabella's pink lemonade banner.

The sweet shoppe...

I couldn't forget the toothbrushes!


I loved her cake!

And the matching smash cake!

Pin the Cherry on the cupcake.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Isabella's Birthday Weekend

We had a looong weekend. It started on Thursday and didn't end until Sunday. Thursday night we had a small cake for Isabella. And we sang Happy Birthday. She got a little freaked with the singing at her, and Jacob did the honors of blowing the candle out. Isabella was a little cranky from her shots earlier in the day. She had a teeny bit of cake and went to bed.

Friday we spent the day preparing, my niece and I iced 118 cupcakes. We also set-up and decorated for Isabella's party. Well, as much as we could. And Saturday was the BIG day. I have a huge post for that coming up and tons of pictures. I can't wait to share it. It was a fun yet super tiring day.

Sunday we relaxed, and we opened Isabella's presents. This girl is set with clothes to last her the next 2 months! I love it!

Party post is next!

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Isabella's 1 Year Old!

A year ago today, my beautiful baby girl Isabella Mia came into this world. I can't believe it's finally here, but it is. I miss having a baby, but I know the fun is just around the corner. Actually, were already there. She's so much fun now. She's such a laid back baby. She has her distinct personality, but she fits right in to our little family. I love her to pieces and I can't wait to see what the next year brings.

We've had Isabella's 1 year doctor's appointment and I've got a big girl. And that's definitely NOT big news. She's been in the 100th %ile for as long as I can remember. Isabella is now weighing in at 26 pounds and is 31 inches tall. She's on whole milk now and is eating lots more regular food. Bella now has a bigger vocabulary. Her favorite word, I think, is Jewel, my nieces dog. But, whenever she sees any kind of animal, whether or not it's a dog or a horse, she calls it Jewel. It's so funny. She also wails like a siren when she hears sirens. So funny, and I love when she "talks on the phone." She says Hello and holds the phone up to her ear. And I know I've not blogged in a long time, but I've been uber busy getting ready for Bella's 1st birthday. I've put so much time and effort into, I hope it's unlike any other 1st birthday celebration. I'll have pictures sand details in my next post.

Thursday, July 7, 2011

4th of July Weekend Recap!

I hope everyone had a fun, yet relaxing, 4th of July weekend! Our was quite eventful, but fun. Friday we went to Disneyland! It was Isabella's first trip and it was Jacob's, I think, third trip. I hope to make it a yearly tradition. But, more on that later. Our Saturday was spent recuperating, and Sunday we had an early morning. We took Isabella's one year pictures. I know it's a little early, but I wanted some photos for her birthday. Sunday evening we went to my brother's house for a night filled with food and fireworks. The food was delicious! We had grilled corn, chicken, carne asada, macaroni salad, mmmm guacamole. It was sooo good. After dinner, we chit chatted until the sun went down enough to start the fireworks. I haven't done fireworks, at home, in 15 years! It was fun, but it also made me nervous. I'm a worry wart.

And Monday, the 4th, we had a BBQ and swimming. It was Isabella's first weekend of swimming. She loved the pool. She would sit in her floaty and kick, kick, kick! Jacob of course never wants to get out of the pool. After swimming for a little bit, we then headed to the local firework show. I had my annual funnel cake. The fireworks were amazing, and I learned that Jacob LOVES fireworks, Bella does not. She slept through them. But it was also passed her bedtime. So, despite it being a looong weekend, we had a blast!