Category Archives: 1st Birthday

“Bee” Day Party: Bumble Bee Birthday Party for Our 1-Year-Old

I love decorating for my kids’ birthday parties and I go all-out, especially for their first birthdays. I suspect that this is something that will change as my kiddos get older because they will call the shots for their special days and probably end my party decorating craze era.


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Happy Birthday Jelly Bean Journals! 1 Year, 100 Posts!

This week we have officially been blogging one year! Our first post, Our Story was published on January 16, 2014. We have also officially published 100 posts! We didn’t plan to hit 100 posts on our birthday, but sometimes things just work out. Time flies when you’re having fun, right? In honor of our first birthday, we thought we’d take a look back over the last year and look ahead to the year to come. Continue reading

A Very Hungry Caterpillar First Birthday

My first and only, Baby A, turned two a little over two months ago. After his second birthday I went back through old photos to reminisce over the past 365 days of our time together. When I came across his first birthday photos, I had a wonderful time remembering his party. We had a blast planning it and I was reminded of the feelings and emotions of preparing for the huge (in my mind) celebration of navigating our first year as first time parents. Continue reading

Lil N Turns 1

N turned 1 in October.  I had so much fun putting together a birthday party for him. I know he won’t remember it, but I will and we’ll show him photos.  We chose a “You Are My Sunshine” theme.  I’m sure I don’t need to explain, but N is simply that, our sunshine. The last 17 months has been an incredible adventure and choosing this theme was a way to honor what he has brought and added to our lives. This is also a song I and his grandmas sing to him regularly. It was the perfect choice.

I’m pretty confident some of our family and friends thought we (i.e. me) went overboard but I don’t mind. I enjoy being crafty and I really, really enjoy spoiling my little boy. Continue reading

A Letter to My 1 Year Old on His Birthday

I love traditions. It is important to me that I have special traditions with my kids and we have them as a family. Throughout my life, my mom has written me poems on special occasions sharing how she feels at that particular moment. I have kept every one, cherish them, and read them often. I don’t know whether N will feel the same, but I want to give him the opportunity. So, I decided to write him a letter every year on his birthday. I plan to share what the last year has meant to me and some highlights of watching him grow, develop and become who he will ultimately be. So without further ado, here is the letter from his first birthday in October.

Photos in this post were taken by the wonderful Ginger Haddock with Fern Bird Photography.


One year ago today, your dad and I were given the greatest gift. Throughout the last year, you have brought us so much joy and happiness! Much, much more than I ever could have imagined. Continue reading