One Year Ago Today…

by HEAB on November 4, 2011

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I was 38 weeks pregnant and learned that I needed to be induced the following day. Needless to say, it was an emotional day…the beginning of our journey as parents began, and thus far, it’s been the most wonderful, hardest, amazing, challenging, joyful, and BEST time of my life. I highly recommend this whole parenthood thing.

Tomorrow we celebrate Summer’s first birthday. We’re throwing an Eric Carle themed party as Summer loves story time and has always had a thing for caterpillars. I’ve been working on the decorations every night this week and have had so much fun. During college, I did crafts all the time, and I’ve decided I need to get out the construction paper and hot glue gun more often. It’s like therapy for me.

I made this paint sample garland

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and used the leftover paint samples to decorate Summer’s gifts.

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I made these clouds (so easy and took less than 10 minutes!)

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I repainted some of my Love pumpkins to match the party’s color scheme…

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A coloring station for the older kids…

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Party favors…

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Each kit contains a box of crayons and a blank paper bookmark tied with raffia ribbon.

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My friend Jamina co-authored Herman’s Journey, a children’s book about a caterpillar, and gave us some Herman finger puppets for the party. Thanks ‘Mina!

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My mom ordered this Eric Carle birthday banner from the Eric Carle Museum. Thanks Nonna (and thank you for all your help this week. Could not have done it without you!)

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OK, now that all the decorations are up, I’ve got some serious cupcake baking to do.

Summer, I love you more than I ever thought possible.

Happy Birthday sweet baby girl!