Showing posts with label birthday. Show all posts
Showing posts with label birthday. Show all posts

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Sawyer's 3rd Birthday!

A few weekends ago, we celebrated Sawyer's birthday at home. I was planning on having it at a nearby park, but the rain washed away those plans, so we had a cozy little party at our apartment instead.

The morning of we surprised Sawyer with balloons outside his door and made his favorite pancakes--coconut. I loved his face and how excited he was. After breakfast, Sawyer went on a walk with Z and I got to cleaning up for his party.

The overall theme--aside from Superman--was that it was to be low-key and simple. For snacks, we had juice boxes, clementines, goldfish and raisins. The cake was from the bakery downstairs and had a Superman logo on front and a hit. It was chocolate--Sawyer's request--with orange blossom icing. It was delicious and easy.

For crafts, I went to Michaels and bought two $1 foam ghosts and pumpkins for the kids to decorate with either crayons, stickers, or markers. I also had a coloring sheet that said, "Happy Birthday, Sawyer!" that they could decorate as well.

In terms of decorations, I had balloons around the apartment for the kids to play with and had a few flying high near the food as well. I then made a giant 3 out of red construction paper and hung that on the door.

I got a bright blue tablecloth and red napkins, forks, and plates at Party City to go along with the Superman theme. Then, we sent everyone home with a play-dough favor.

The next day, we kept the party going by taking Sawyer to his first movie! We bought popcorn, he gave his ticket to the ticket guy, and off we went. He had a blast and it was so fun to see his face light up and of course, the movie commentary from a 2-year old is always classic. ;)

And that's a wrap on Sawyer's 3rd birthday! I'm still not quite sure where the last 3 years went, but Sawyer has definitely become quite the little boy. He's kind, considerate, and thoughtful and I'm so excited to see what the next year has in store for him. Hopefully, its more singing, dancing, and funny Sawyerisms.  Love you, little buddy and happy 3rd birthday!

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Sawyer's Second Birthday Party

This last weekend, we hosted Sawyer's birthday party! We invited some of Sawyer's friends to play at a nearby park, have some pumpkin cupcakes, and to hangout. This birthday was really simple. I bought a few balloons, got a veggie tray, popped some popcorn, had orange slices, and got some juice boxes for the kids. For birthday favors, I bought some blue favor bags and filled them with Halloween candy. All really simple, but nice.

I picked Bluemont Park in Arlington because it fit the train theme and also because the whole park is fenced it. It allowed parents to relax a bit.
Sawyer was distracted the whole time, so I didn't get a good picture of him smiling at the camera. However, these two pictures show the cute train shirt that I got him for the occasion. I had the number 2 added on and the etsy shop I ordered it from was great. Quick and great service. You can find more shirts like that in their shop here.  

The personalized cupcake toppers were great! I got them here

Afterwards, we opened gifts at home and munched on pizza with friends and family.

It was a great party and one where I was so thankful for the little community that we've made throughout the last year. It's really been such a blessing to have my parents close by and our friends who make Sawyer's life so full.

I didn't post any pictures of us singing to him or eating pumpkin cupcakes because his friends were in them and I don't feel comfortable showing them, but think cute toddlers with icing all over. :)

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Birthday Brunch!

This morning, I had a few friends over to celebrate my 28th birthday. It was an opportunity for Z and I to open up our home, hang out with friends, and spend time outside. It was a lot of fun and a great opportunity for friends to come over, meet each other, and eat some food. 

For food, I kept it really simple. We had cucumber sandwiches, mini quiches, hummus and veggies, pound cake, and baked brie with honey. For drinks, we had a mimosa bar, coffee, sweet tea, and water. Nothing needed to be prepared -except the sandwiches-and everything was quickly grabbed off  last night on our big grocery store run. It made the whole event less stressful and more fun.

To decorate, I again didn't really do much. I wanted the colors to be bright and spring-y, so I grabbed a plastic teal tablecloth, chevron plates and napkins from Target. I then used blank gift tags as food labels and attached blank orange and pink address labels to stirrers as decorative drink stirrers. We then set up corn hole in the backyard for a game.

It was a wonderful morning and a great way to start my 28th year. Here's to many more friends and brunches and memories like these.

Friday, September 6, 2013

Happy Birthday Z!

Happiest of birthdays to my biggest encourager, supporter, and fan. To celebrate his big 2-7, I wanted to share 27 things that I love about him:

27. He's my biggest supporter. Whenever I start to doubt myself he is there cheering me on whether it be "I don't think I can save his recipe" or "I don't know where I want my career to go."
26. He makes me homemade cake on my birthday.
25. He helps me clean the house and does a stellar job with the bathtub.
24. He reminds me of the bigger picture whenever I get stuck or upset over the small stuff.
23. He prays with me.
22. He joined his first Bible Study with me this year and loved it. I loved watching him connect and form deep relationships with the guys in our group.
21. He is loyal.
20. He is kind and goes out of his way to help his friends.
19. During the first two months of Sawyer's life, he would get up with me whenever Sawyer cried. I would feed him and then he would burp or change him. We had a routine going.
18. He loves my cooking even when it's bad.
17. After I cook, he almost always cleans the kitchen. I really love that.
16. His goal is to one day build his own house.
15. He loves Swedish Fish and Gummy bears. He's such a kid when it comes to his dessert preferences. ;)
14. He sends me pictures or videos of Sawyer and Sawyer whenever I'm away or out of town.
13. He loves warm brownies and ice cream. It's the way to his heart.
12. He loves to travel just as much as I do.
11. He's great about calling and checking in with his friends. It's a quality I wish I was better at.
10. Family is really important to him and he loves mine almost as much as I do.
9. He drives all the time.
8. He makes me laugh at least once everyday.
7. I love that we can be silly together.
6. He  tries new things with me like paddleboarding.
5. He has a good attitude even when he can't get up on the paddleboard. :)
4. He cried when Sawyer was born and that will always be one of the sweetest moments of my life.
3. I told him I thought it would be cool if we made our own dining room table and now we're making one.
2. He loves Sawyer.
1. He loves me.

Blog post idea from Amanda at

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

26 Things I've Learned in 26 years.

I've seen a lot of "30 things I've learned in 30 years posts," but I feel like 26 was my year of growth, reflection and understanding-thank you, Sawyer- so I'm going to do 26 Things I've Learned in 26 years as a way to celebrate my birthday, which is tomorrow and prepare for another year.

1. Trust your heart. Since college, I've moved from North Carolina to Denver to New York to DC to Palo Alto. Each move was based on where I thought my heart was telling me to go. In the end, I'm so glad I have moved so many places and met so many amazing people that I can't see my life story without these adventures.

2. When asked to travel, say yes. Always. Just Go. I used to be afraid to spend money on weekend trips or spring breaks with my girlfriends, but looking back I have never regretted one of those memories.

3. Love in not a feeling; it's a commitment. Feelings are fleeting and change moment by moment. Love is something more than that. It's saying I love you and I'm here for you even when you're making me mad.

4. Nurture the relationships with my family. You only get one and they are something that you can't trade or get back.

5. Don't take life too seriously. Invite your best friend over and watch Justin Bieber's movie. Go drive a convertible down the Pacific Coast Highway. Have girlfriends over and just laugh.

My Uncle and I 
6. People who are awesome, don't need to tell you they're awesome. 

7. Try different things. Take an oil painting class. Say yes to that flash mob at the mall. Go to a seminar on something that interests you.

8. Give more to live more. Buy your friend dinner next time you're out. Plan a friend's baby shower. Give to a charity you feel strongly about.

9. Read.

10. Those blonde highlights in middle school were never a good idea. Yikes!

11. Love people deeply. Check in on them. Call your friends from back home. Send a quick text saying, "Thinking of you."Go on hour long walks with them.

12. Give feedback.  On Sunday nights, Z and I tell each other one thing that made us upset over the week. It's a way that we can better ourselves as partners and recognize actions that hurt the other.

13. End feedback with encouragement. End a hard conversation with a encouraging word or something that you really appreciated from them. Always end on a high note.

14. Pray everyday. 

15. Be thankful.  You have a roof over your head. You are breathing. You are alive. Be thankful.

16. Love your job. If you aren't excited about getting up to go to work, then keep looking until you are.

17. You might not be able to go on exotic trips. You might not have the biggest ring or be able to join the best gym, but that's okay. Stop comparing yourself. It's not life and it'll just continue to make you unhappy. 

18. Be a good host. Make your home inviting and a place people feel safe and want to visit.

Our first house as a married couple.
19. Have kids or be involved in your nieces/nephews or friend's kid's lives. They are the best gift and really show you how precious each moment is and how fast time flies.


20. Actions speak louder than words. You know that boy who you're crazy about and keeps coming back and saying he loves you, but then goes around and does something shady. Yeah, he's not good for you. Break up.

21. Learn how to budget. 

22. Forgive others. They have to forgive you. 

23. Have fun in college. Sleep in. Go to that party. Study abroad. Have that slice of pizza at midnight and then the next morning. Join that club. Take that class. Four years goes by too incredibly fast-soak it up!

24. People will criticize you no matter what you do, so you might as well be yourself.  

25. You'll fail and then fail and then fail again, but it's only a failure if you don't learn from each of those experiences. 

26. Marrying the right person is the most important decision of your life. Choose wisely.

And one thing I hope to get better at as I turn 27, is to be kind.  I'm not always nice and I can get really frustrated at times, but being kind always always makes situations more pleasant and others' lives better. 

(Last year's post here and here and turning 25 is here)

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Happy 2nd Birthday, Sadie

Because I'm that crazy dog owner who loves their pet a little too much, here's a birthday post to our pup, Sadie....

Happy 2nd Birthday Sadie! 

You've had such a big year! 

You moved across country, 

 Celebrated Christmas in your new bed, 

Posed for pictures in Carmel,  

And begged for food every breakfast, lunch and dinner. 

Love you, Sadie girl and so glad that you are apart of our ever-changing family! 

You can see last year's birthday post here: Sadie turns 1

Wednesday, March 21, 2012


Today is my 26th birthday and wow, what an amazing year it has been! Before I move on to 26, I want to recap all the good that has happened this year:

I went to Destin, Florida for a week and fell in love with my new niece
Had a wonderful bachelorette in Charlottesville
Married my best friend in September
Moved to California and created a home with my husband
Found my true passion in education and am absolutely loving my job
Took long walks around the neighborhood with my girlfriends and my pup
Journeyed to Thailand for my honeymoon and took weekend trips around NorCal
Discovered Seattle and celebrated my good friend in DC
Joined a couple's Bible Study and am plugging in at a church

Even though 25 was pretty amazing, I have a feeling that 26 is going to be pretty life-changing as well. We already have some pretty exciting plans in the mix and I can't wait to share them with you all. 


Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Happy 1st Birthday, Sadie!

About a year and half ago, my fiance, Z was seriously injured in Afghanistan and was immediately sent back to the States to recover at Walter Reed Army Medical. He spent about 2 months in the hospital then kept on hospital grounds for 7 months, underwent over 33 surgeries, suffered through being in a wheelchair for a year, and ended up losing his leg before he could start walking again. Needless to say, 2010 was a rough one for us.

For one of our anniversaries, Zach gave me a card with a fake coupon in it saying "Good for one puppy." Of course, I began planning and the next day we were off to a breeder in North Carolina. Within the first five minutes of being there, we picked this one:

Since getting Miss. Sadie, she has peed on floors, pulled stuffing out of her toys, been terrified of other dogs, but most importantly, gave us something to be happy about in a really trying time. 
Zach and Sadie's first meeting

Here are some of my favorite pictures through this year:

Happy 1st birthday, Sadie
(and thank you for bring some normalcy into our lives)

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