Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Easter! Worship, fellowship, family, friends, hunts, & bunnies!

I am a little late posting because E and I flew to Florida last week to help my mom with her recovery! She is getting better each day and we continue to praise God for the blessing of NO cancer! Chris picked us up from the airport Sunday morning and our Easter clothes were still laying out!

We had a busy and fun Easter weekend. It started Thursday. I sent Evan Lilly to school in a cute little bunny outfit and with a little happy for her teacher. Of course, I wanted to get a picture but E was not in the mood!

When I picked her up I received for her FIRST ever school work! I almost cried!!

On Saturday we went to the Botanic Gardens. Evan got her picture with the Easter Bunny which she hated and "participated" in the under 2 egg hunt. Chris's family joined us and we had a great time!

Tugging on me before the bunny pic! She cried only during the picture. As soon as I picked her up, she stopped!

Afterwards we went to Patrick's for a late lunch. E was wiped out and slept the entire time!

That night we got E ready for bed and had a practice egg hunt!

On Sunday, we woke up and let Evan dig into her Easter basket. She was actually into it and went straight to the food!

We then ventured to church for a beautiful Easter service and then splurged with Gibson's Donuts! YUM!!! Evan loved them and kept signing and saying more! This is the one sign she has learned. We are working on others :)

Next, we went home for a brief moment to gather ourselves and get ready for a busy afternoon. We started the day at our nephew's house for an early supper and family egg hunt!

Then we went to our last hunt of the day at our friends home. They hid 1,000 eggs! It was a blast and so fun to watch the kids go after all the eggs. Although, E was more into her lovey at this point!!

We ended the day at home resting. I am so thankful for my little family and all of our blessings. I hope you and your family had a wonderful Easter celebrating the LIFE of our savior!

Monday, April 21, 2014

E's FIRST Birthday...Beginning to End!

Wrapping up Evan Lilly's birthday party in this post today! I wanted to share the outside set up, any details I missed, and maybe revisit parts too! It is amazing how fast this time has gone by and I have cherished every second. I hope you have enjoyed reading about her party!! I will list the links to the previous party posts at the bottom.....

When guests entered the front door they immediately saw the candy table, fireplace decor, and high chair set up.

To the left the guests were able to pick up a photo prop, top hat or bow, and take a picture as a lion, clown, or ringmaster!

When they walked into the kitchen they were able to grab something to drink and check out Evan's monthly pictures and a large poster that shared her favorites, some of her firsts, and a few facts about her.

Guests were then able to go out back where the tables and food were set up! We rented a carousel moon bounce, which was a big hit with the kids. We also set up a TV outside because it was March Madness and even though the Tigers weren't playing that day we are all about some basketball in this city! On the tables I set up yellow flowers and balloons in plastic popcorn containers. We also rented a popcorn machine, had hot dogs, nachos, peanuts, and chips! We forgot to set out the pasta salad....whoops! But overall everything went great! There are ALWAYS going to be things that don't go as planned but you just roll with the punches and hopefully no one notices! ;-)

This is the only picture I got of the food table. :( It's actually not set up all the way but you can sort of get the idea!

We were so blessed by how many friends and family came and celebrated E's birthday with us! Thank yall so much!!!

Evan wasn't into her cake at all but we weren't surprised. She's not a big sweet eater so we didn't force it!

However, she loved the moon bounce! I took her at the beginning of the party and my dad took her in at the end, once most of the guests had left! She had a blast!!! And funny story.... notice her jacket! It got a little cold so dad took her in and found a jacket. It's actually a swimsuit cover up! Haha

And that wraps up Evan's party from the front door to the back. Thanks for stopping by and sharing in Evan Lilly's big top extravaganza! If you're interested here are the links to her other party posts :)


Evan Lilly's Outfits

Highchair & Cakes

Candy Table & Photo Props