The Birthday of All Birthdays

Your 1st birthday is not one that you tend to remember as a child, but your parents do, and that's why I made sure Corbin's 1st birthday was one to remember.  Choosing the theme was fairly easy, I know I wanted an elephant involved some how.  That's how I came to the Circus theme... an event where elephants are always involved.  And if I ever encounter a circus without elephants then I wouldn't call it a circus.

Some of the prep for Corbin's party involved small toys and candy sealed with cellophane and twine with a little special thank you from the birthday boy.  Dumbo watched over the treat bags for us.

After making sure we had all the party favors together I had to bake the birthday boys cake.  Instead of paying for someone to bake his cake, I did.  I bought the supplies at Michael's to make his small cake with polka dots.

The cupcake toppers I got off of Etsy at TheBirthdayHouse, which made the homemade cupcakes that much better.  We had a balloon animal expert making all the little kiddos the best balloon animals ever, (Thanks Tim).  And my best friend, Brittney, came to help me set up and take down for this little ones party.  We actually had to sit in the gazebo from 10AM-6PM.  It was a first come first serve kind of gazebo, so we had to make sure that we were able to set up in one.  Corbin's party started at 3, so we were able to take our time decorating and preparing for the guests arrival.
The food was simple: hotdogs, individual bags of chips, water, and lemonade packets to make your water flavored.  We also had animal crackers, cotton candy, suckers, and peanuts on all the tables.  Because what sort of Circus is it without peanuts?


It was a beautiful day joined with wonderful friends and family that came to bless our little baby boy. As I'm writing this I'm looking at Corbin's 15 month old face and hoping and praying that time SLOWS down.  After he was born people would tell me that I should cherish this time because before I know it he will be turning one, or going off to school. BOY, were they right!  I can so wait until he turns 2. :)
A special thank you goes to Brittney with Beautiful Bliss Photography and Christina with Jolie Jade Photography for shooting this special day for me.

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Are you wondering what this means?  Today marks 8 days without pop.  Something that may not be as amazing to you as it is to me, but the way I was drinking it you'd think it was going to be gone forever. Sharing in my victory helps push me to go even longer without drinking any pop.  My goal? 30 days! I know I got this in the bag.

Working towards a better ME! One baby step at a time.  


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My Birthday Wishlist

Since my 26th birthday is just around the corner I thought I would make a little wish list.  Mostly for my hubby to see, but you know... just in case.

Speaking of birthdays, did I mention Corbin turned 1 this past May.  I did huh... well, this was seriously the bash of the year.  I'll have to do a whole different post on that shindig.  As for right now... I need to go play with my little baby boy before bed time.

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Jump, Jump, Jump, Jump it UP! **Photo Challenge

It's been a while since I've participated in a iHeartfaces photo challenge and thought, yes, now is the time to JUMP back in it.  HAHA... get it JUMP!

The theme this week is... yup, you guessed it... JUMP.


Get it girl!!! Look at how high she got in those heels. Now THAT'S pure talent.

If you haven't checked out their website yet you should.  They have all sorts of tutorials, photo tips, and much more.  Enough to make any photography check it out.  So go... now... WAIT, don't go yet. Leave a comment, show me some LOVE!

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Why Hello There....

Oh.... I did it again.... yes, I fell off the face of the blog earth AGAIN.  I don't know why I keep doing this, it just keeps happening.  While I've been away....

Our BABY has become a TODDLER! I've seen it happen with my own two eyes, and it always makes my eyes water.  I don't want my baby to grow up, EVER!

We celebrated Corbin's 1st Easter with an Easter egg hunt and wonderful memories with family.

We did a mini photo shoot with this crochet bow tie and suspenders that was made by Stacie from Designs By Stacie, so adorable
Then we met up with our friends Blake and Betsy to get our two littles together for a shoot with these adorable overalls.  We named them the real Huck Finn and Tom Sawyer.
Corbin turned 11 months old... and I was dreading the day we would be celebrating his 1st year of life. I probably cried 2 times while planning and preparing his party.
He also learned to be.. well.... a boy.  Watching daddy play games on his phone has turned into a past time.  I knew this would happen at some point but I didn't think it would happen when he was so young.  Okay, maybe I did but still.
THEN... it came and it went like a blink of an eye.  His 1st Birthday!


The theme of the party?  Circus! Corbin even had his own costume for the party.
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And the cutest, most handsomest circus master in the whole wide world!
Then, it was off to the beach with us.  Corbin and I got to enjoy a week of Florida.  Although we missed daddy so very much we had so much fun meeting new family members.  We first went to spend time with my brother and his wonderful wife where I got to meet my niece Leona and visit my nephew Jude. 
One of our many attempts to get a snapshot of the kids together, and a failed attempt at that. 
After a few days with the Fays we went to visit my sister-in-law and brother-in-law and their new little one, Skylar, and of course Aliyah and Brayden.  Our visit with them started off with a visit to the Zoo.
And finished it off with another visit to the beach.  
Needless to say, our reunion with daddy was a very happy and exciting one.
We ended our weekend this week at a birthday party in the park.  You can tell how fun and exciting this was.  Especially after eating cake pops. 

I'm back and hopefully for longer than 4 posts this time.  Show me the love!!!

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