Saturday, January 31, 2009

Ladybug with Butterflies

How cute am I?


Booty shot...

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Sunday, January 25, 2009

Birthday Party Time

I have so much I want to add to this post, but the slide show will have to do for now.

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The theme was cupcakes. So I went a little overboard. (Just a little!)

I made 3 different types of cupcakes (banana, chocolate, and vanilla). There were approximately 120 cupcakes on the table, not including Emma's 4-inch banana cupcake. There is a picture of the dessert table in the slide show. We had a salad, lasagna, and homemade extra garlicky breadsticks, that Ladybug enjoyed more than anything else. The girl loves garlic.

The colors were awesome. I chose to highlight the red, yellow, lime, and purple. I had red and yellow tablecloths. And of course, balloons were everywhere.

Emma had the party hat and bib. Her high chair was decorated too including a cupcake themed plastic sheet to catch the cake Emma smashed. It was cute to say the least!

Let's not forget the cupcake pops either.

It was a blast!!! Ladybug may not remember it, but the family certainly will.

Oh, and welcome to the world, Baby Angela. Your Mommy, Daddy, and brother are totally forgiven for not coming to party. After all, a girl has to make a grand entrance.

Monday, January 19, 2009

Birthday Party Favors (Cupcake Lollipops)

The theme of Ladybug's First Birthday party is Cupcakes. So, of course, I had to do some type of cupcake favor.

I am not obsessive. I am not compulsive. I do not suffer from Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. And, I am certainly most definitely not a perfectionist. And those of you who know me can stop laughing any moment now.

Here is how I spent Martin Luther King Day.

Cupcake Pops!

These are cake like truffles, in this case strawberry, dipped in milk chocolate, then white chocolate, "sprinkled," and eventually bagged and tied with a pretty ribbon.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Happy Happy Birthday Miss Emma!!!

Wow...what a busy day we have had.

First up, was the early wake up call you gave us. Somehow you knew this was a special day.

Next, packing up 5 dozen cupcakes. (I have pictures.)

After a quick trip (maybe not so quick) of dropping Daddy's truck office at its hospital, we were off for your 1 year check up.

Emma Official Estimates:
Weight: 23 pounds 2.5 ounces
Length: 29.5 inches

Good news to report, we can make the official switch, that is the switch to cow's milk away from formula!!!

Second item of outstanding news, "we are no longer the parents of a preemie." Well, Miss Ladybug may have been a preemie, but she is on all targets for a full term baby, so we can't use the fall back of, "She was a preemie."

Next we were off to deliver the cupcakes. 2 1/2 dozen went to the NICU (15 for day staff and 15 for night), another box went to Labor and Delivery, and yet another box to Dr. Nisbett's office. Most excited I think were the Labor and Delivery nurses (I must have made a lasting impression). They were so excited to see how much Emma has grown.


Upon arriving home we greeted Great PoPo and Great Grandma who are here to stay the evening and through tomorrow. We ate lunch and Emma illustrated her fondness for Target by showing Grandma how she can really shop.

After a quiet evening, where we did try milk, the real thing, which we were not fond of, we sang in lullaby version, "Happy Birthday." It was an exhausting day for Miss Emma who wanted to retire early, but we couldn't let her go her first birthday without hearing it.

A Mom P.S.: I will post the "sappy" Mom's Happy Birthday post at a later time. I am still having a rather emotional time with it. In the mean time, please take a moment to wish my miracle ladybug a Happy Birthday. You are welcome to post anonymously, but it would be a great remembrance for Miss Emma. Darren and I appreciate everyone one of you!

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

God's Gentle Reminder

Sometimes plans go awry. I had planned to do posts detailing all the events that led to Emma's arrival. There never seems to be enough time in the day. Well, I think sometimes God's sends gentle reminders that He's in charge. And very much case in point about who's in charge: the HARD DRIVE. Gee...it kind of reminds me of the plans to have a baby in March of last year. God had His own plan then too.

Anyway, stay tuned for the official First Birthday post tomorrow.

I will do the posts that led to Emma's arrival. Just not now. So, stay tuned, I might be backtracking a little.

Friday, January 9, 2009

Family Portrait

The pictures are a little fuzzy. (Video size was too big.) I would be happy to share better pictures with requests.

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Luckily these were taken the week before 3 of my wisdom teeth were removed. The weekend they were removed was also the weekend Emma was sick for the first time. Yep, Ladybug's Dad was one lucky guy that weekend!

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Reason to Be Thankful for the Blog

Our hard drive crashed. Yes, it is totaled.

I had been working on blog posts and just waiting to insert pictures but now the pictures are gone. So long, farewell, auf Wiedersehen, good bye... This with everything else including electronic copies of my dissertation.

So I am calling on all friends and family, if you have pictures of Ladybug, please send them to me.

Please please please pretty please..........