Thursday, May 12, 2011

Noah's 2nd Birthday Party (the decor)

When it was time to plan Noah's second birthday party I looked and looked and looked.  I wanted to find that perfect theme that Noah would appreciate and adore.  He loves so many characters that I was afraid that he would be into something one day and out of it the next.  Of course, once I commited to a theme I wouldn't be able to change it just because Noah wasn't in love with it at that moment.  I, also, wanted somethng unique that I knew no one else would have.  I chose Barney.  Yes, Barney the big goofy purple dinosaur.  Noah adores him!  Although, over the last few months Toy Story would have been more fitting, we had a Barney party AND  It was amazing! 
We decided to have Noah a pool party at my parent's house.  I didn't want to just have Barney party decor...I NEEDED Barney to be in his swim trunks, too. 

I asked my dear friend Veronica...a whopping 3 1/2 months ago to help me design this amazing party.  I am one of those that needs to have everything perfect down to the detail.  It was very important to start working on this party so soon, because Veronica is due to have baby #3 any day now!  I just knew she would have her while I was mid party planning!
She and her husband, Albert, are both amazingly talented!
She did soooo much to help me plan this party all the way down to the colors! 
I drew inspiration from all over, but most of it came from these amazing woman at Anders Ruff.  Maureen Anders designed her son's 5th Birthday party and I just swooned when I saw it.  I wanted her party!  Bad!  BUT I wanted an original party, as well.  She had so many amazing little details, I just had to "borrow" them!

Here is a photo of the dessert table.  I loved the idea from Anders Ruff to use wrapped clothing boxes as cupcake and cake stands.  How adorable and inexpensive!

These are homemade suckers that I made for Noah's 1st birthday party, as well. Jenn Koehler gave me this cute and inexpensive idea before Noah's party last year.  So very easy to do, and the kids and grown-ups alike, love them!  Just contact me if you are interested in a "how to". 
Veronica and Albert made me these sweet little thank you flags

Beverage station.  I got these beverage dispensers from Wal-Mart and Veronica made the little buffet signs for me to add.  I just added some ribbon and voila!  If you can see in the background, V&A made stickers to adorn the cups and they made water bottle labels.  I ordered the cute yellow striped straws from Sweet Lulu.

Along with the suckers, we had chalk for the little ones to take home as a favor.  I thought it would be a good idea just in case the water was too cool to have something for them to play with.
The labels on the utensils and napkins are the same ones we used for the cups. SO stinkin' cute, right?!

My sister-in-law, Holly took the task of making the cake and cupcakes.  I was sooo happy not to have to do that this year!  My sister and I were up all night last year finishing the baked goods! 
The precious Barney cake topper was made by LC Cakes.  She does amazing work!
I framed one of the invitations to have on display on the dessert table.
In the bottom left are the little treat bags I ordered from Sweet Lulu and placed a label on each one. These were for the kiddos to fill with candy at the end of the party.  I had three sand pails with the little shovels on the table all filled with Noah's favorite candies.  All labeled...dum dums, smarties, and fun dip. 

Close up picture of some of the cupcakes.  Toppers of course by Veronica ;)
Cupcake liners from Sweet Lulu.  I was thrilled when I purchased their "Big Top Cupcake Liner Mix" because it matched the party to a T.

Veronica made 5 centerpiece circles for me.  I put them together on a dowel and placed them in sand pails around the pool area.  I added some cute little red, yellow, and blue pinwheels that I purchased from Dollar Tree.
I made various pom poms and tied them under umbrellas and swings to added some pops of our party colors.  I placed a photo of Noah for everyone to admire my precious 2 year old!

The menu was kid friendly for sure.  I had Uncrustable pb&j's, applesauce, and goldfish crackers.  I purchased a bowl, a platter, and a plastic wine glass from Wal-Mart and I made a food tower.  My hot glue gun got so much use during this party planning! 


Again, on the Anders Ruff blog, I saw cookie pops and had to have them!  My sister-in-law assured me we could make them and we did.  They turned out so adorable. (Note to self...next time do not use a 3 inch cookie cutter to make them...they grow in the oven!)
More party posts to come...guests, presents, fun!

If anyone has any questions on where I bought anything or how to make anything or any help planning your own party, please do not hesitate to contact me amberrisher@gmail.com  xoxo

Friday, April 8, 2011

Noah's 1st Birthday recap (5/8/2010)

I decided today would be a good day to create a super long post detailing Noah's first birthday party since today marks one month until his 2nd birthday.  I know, I'm a little late.  I got away from blogging for such awhile and I kept saying I was going to blog about his party to give credit to the lovely ladies that helped me.....and yet, life was too much for me at the time to even think about blogs. So, here goes. 

When I sat down and started trying to figure out what theme I wanted I knew of course it would be Noah's Ark.  I came across a super duper talented baker at Blue Cupcake.  They had the most beautiful tower of cupcakes ever.  Please, when you visit their site search "noah's ark". 

From then on it was a must that the party centered around these cupcake toppers from Blue Cupcake.  I searched and searched and I was so amazed at how big the party world was.  I definately didn't want a "go to the store and buy a party...kinda party".  I found Jenn's blog and fell in love.  She always has the cutest parties for her 3 boys.  I especially loved the party she threw for her Noah on his first birthday, just a few months before my Noah's birthday.  She gave me so many cute ideas about where to find things and what to have on hand to preoccupy the little ones.  I was introduced to Dani of dani notes and she designed my little ones party logo. 
Isn't it adorable!

I made homemade suckers and marshmellow pops (seen above)


These are the take home favors for the little people (idea from Jenn Koehler)  with Noah's other precious stickers on them.  Favor box along with paper straws (not seen due to horrible wind) are from Think Garnish

I bought a shadow box and put Noah's invitation in the center and had Dani send me some blank circle labels for people to sign and place around the invitation


I got this idea from polkadots & pirates

Here's a photo of the cupcake tower with the homemade suckers on the left side

Noah really enjoyed his party.  He got tons of presents and we celebrated with great friends and family!
I have tons more I could share, but I will leave with a photo of me and my one year old boy...can't believe in a month he will be 2.  TIME FLIES.  I am cherishing every single moment with my Noah.


All photos are by Photography by Becky Morehead

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

School Photos

Ok, so I know I have been slack on the blogging lately.  I am literally so consumed with planning Noah's second birthday party that I cannot focus on anything else.  That is typical Amber, though.  I always get so into something that I forget to do anything else.  I can't wait to show all the awesome stuff his party will hold!  SO...for now...here is my munchkin in some of his school pictures
Sweet Baby Love!
I bet the lady taking the pictures heard "cheese" a hundred times that day!
So glad to have some little springtime photos of Noah to admire!


Thursday, March 17, 2011

Riverbanks Zoo

Saturday, March 12, 2011 was Noah's very first visit to Riverbanks Zoo.  We spent all week talking about all of the animals we would see, so Saturday morning first thing we asked Noah was, what are you going to do today and he said "zoo zoo".  Another cute tidbit while getting ready Noah starting singing "tinkle, tinkle luddle taww"  My heart melted!
This is Noah when we first arrived equipped with his puppy backpack/ leash.  I wanted him to be able to walk around and see and not be confined to his stroller.
ABSOLUTELY adore this picture of Wesley and Noah all tickled at the monkeys going crazy!  Noah's favorite thing about the zoo.
Riding the carousel waiting on Grandpa Jim to come back with ice cream.
So, the main reason for this trip is this.  My daddy had never laid eyes on my precious little one.  So glad for this trip...Noah and Pepaw really bonded!

(Actually yesterday Noah and I got on our Kawasaki Mule to ride around, and I asked Noah where he wanted to go and he said, "Pepaw Dim....monkeys" :)

Friday, March 4, 2011

Friday...YES!

I am always happy when Friday comes.  I get so anxious and excited to spend that extra time with Noah.  This is my little man looking all suave in his navy dress pants and his little button down shirt this morning.  I honestly cannot wait until it's time to see him this afternoon!  I usually run to the grocery store and pick up whatever we need for the weekend. ( I make sure to have all of Noah's favorite foods and snacks.  I think tonight is going to be a pizza night.  I definately don't feel like cooking after cooking all week long.  )  Then I rush home to clean and fold clothes and do whatever I can to keep from having to clean over the weekend, so it doesn't take away from my time with Noah. 

Just wanted to add a few cute and funny things Noah has started saying and/or doing lately.

When he and I are sitting on the couch or reading a book and he hears something in the other room he looks at me with big eyes and throws up his pointer finger and says," I back"  It is so funny, because I know he's telling me I'll be right back.

He, also, is say yeah a lot lately which is cute how he says it, but not quite so respectful.  So, when he says "YAH" I say "yeah, what?" and he says "ma'am ma'am"

Noah is pretty clingy to me and when I have things to accomplish I have to try to distract him from him wanting me to hold him.  So, I will say Mommy needs your help doing the dishes or mommy needs your help with the clothes.  Since I do that, he loves to offer his help and says, "I hope".  I love it!
Of course, there are things Noah says and does everyday that I think are amazing...those are just the ones that are sticking out right now.

Hope everyone has a good weekend! :)

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

The Weekend in Photos

I have mentioned in a previous post that my child LOVES being outside!  He drives us crazy with it sometimes. Even when it's dark he runs to the back door and says, "outsigh".  We have to sneak if one of us just needs to run out to the car or check the temperature. :)  So...being that this weekend  the weather was AMAZE and we spent nearly all of it outside with munchkin.  So, I needed to do some housework and it's hard to do with Noah inside with me.  (Normally, I do all of my cleaning/cooking after Noah and Wesley are leaving in the morning or before they come home in the afternoon. )  I sent Noah outside with Daddy and I wanted to take some pictures of them playing and of Wesley pulling Noah in the wagon.  Well, Noah spotted me on the front steps and came running.  A bird flew super close to us and landed near the steps.  This photo is Noah's reaction to that. LOL  he is so funny! 
The next photo is him trying to "ROAR" the bird away
Oh, those baby blues melt this moma's heart
Daddy's hat is cool
Sunday the boys flying a kite together...the squealing and giggling coming from our back yard had me smiling so big!
Slam Dunk!
Hope your weekend was as fun filled and as lovely as our's was!

Thursday, February 24, 2011

We've Been Sick

We've been sick....so sorry for the absence of blogging and reading blogs.  I tried to read them, I just couldn't get into it.  I have been at work despite how awful I have been feeling.  Noah and I have both been coughing our lungs up....and last night I heard Wesley start.  He is such a bear when he doesn't feel well.

Despite not feeling well Noah and I ventured to Bamberg Saturday to see Grams.  We had to visit Nibbles (her dog) and pick pretty flowers.  I couldn't get one of Noah holding the flower before he ripped it to shreds. oh well...
Little love with a mean face (not really, the sun is just in his eyes).  We spent the whole day outside, which was fine, because the weather was beautiful.
This is love this morning saying 'cheese'
The little emblem on his shirt is a penguin.  I walk out with his clothes this morning, because we always get dressed in the living room watching Sesame Street and say this is your penguin shirt.  Noah says, "pinmen"...."I like it."  This boy lights up my life!
I pray for all of those dealing with illnesses and sickies right now to have a speedy recovery!  And have a great rest of the work week!

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

V Day (yeah I know Valentine's Day is over...)

I just wanted to post a few photos of Valentine's Day.  This is my little Hunk in his "love day" shirt.
(This is the second picture I took...he is saying "me see it" about the first)

Wesley was so sweet and had a box of candy and a card for each me and Noah waiting on the counter that morning.  Since I didn't want Noah going to daycare all jacked up on candy we waited until that evening to exchange goodies.


Here is Noah with his SpongeBob Krabby Patty filled heart (he is saying Bah Bob, which is his way of saying SpongeBob). 



Noah checking his mail to see what Mommy got him for Valentine's Day...note the pinwheel he tossed aside for the card :)
Our bouquet from Noah with his little thumb prints on it.  It says, "Thumb body loves you"
His sweet heartprint he made for us.

Tonight we are going to a going away party for my sister in law and her family.  I will update with pictures tomorrow, hopefully.  happy hump day!!!

Monday, February 14, 2011

Happy Valentine's Day!

So, I don't want to have a super duper long post.  However, I did want to share a few photos and give a weekend update. 
Noah's 'Pete the Cat' book came in...and I just watched with a big warm heart as Daddy and Noah enjoyed the book together Friday night. 


Saturday, after a long Noah and I took a long snuggly nap we went to my in laws.  Wesley's youngest sister, Ashley, and her family are moving to Washington this week.  I wanted Noah to be able to spend some time with them and their two precious little girls, Kailyn and Aubrey.

Sunday, we were so happy to have company come.  Playdate with Riley and Stacey.  We baked lots of goodies for Valentine's Day.  The boys had so much fun.  I took opportunity to get Noah's treats for class baked and made and turned it into a way to spend time with a great friend!


As you can see...Noah is very touchy and lovey. haha  Riley probably was scared, poor thing.

I made several sweets that I got from different blogs.  I made Valentine Confetti, S'more Love Bars, cupcakes, and sugar cookies.





These are the little brown bags I made for Noah's daycare class and just added in some bubbles, fun dip, fruit by the foot, and a heart straw. Precious tags from Shabby Chic Crafts  The second photo are his teacher gifts with homemade sugar cookies and some of the S'more Love Bars.  (Aww, you can see my boo in the background eating his special Valentine Breakfast from mommy)

This is my munchkin, so excited by his heart-shaped  Red Velvet Pancake!!  The boy loves pancakes and I knew when I saw that post I HAD to make him some.  I put some leftover icing from the cupcakes on it and a few mini chocolate chips  He was in heaven!








*To add to my last post of the things Noah is doing right now...I forgot to add that when we tell Noah that we love him by saying, "I love you", he responds with "me"...not as a question but I think that is his way of saying I love you, too.  I love it!  As he does more or I remember other little things I will add them.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Three months until Noah's 2nd Birthday




 
This is just a couple quick little snapshot I took of Noah before he headed off to daycare this morning.  Today, February 8, 2011 marks three months until Noah turns two years old.  For those of us who like to tell our little one's age in months....he's 21 months old today. 
I really have never been good at keeping up with every single little milestone he has passed.  I have written things down and filled in his baby book, but I wanted to be that mom that kept up with every single little detail of his life, day to day.  I ended up not being able to do that.  I have had such a busy life since Noah came into the world.  Not only because I became a mommy, but, because, I help run a business.  So...I decided today would be the day that I would sit down and blog about all the sweet and funny things Noah is doing and saying right now.  I wanted to definately try to compile these things right now before he hit the BIG TWO! :)  I have gained inspiration from other momas like this sweet moma, who are doing their best to document their sweet babe's every move.

So here goes....
At 21 months, just 3 months shy of Noah's second birthday he says just about everything he hears.  He is learning to use manners by saying "Please" and "Thank you".  He says "Bless You" when you sneeze.  He is learning the alphabet and points at the "Always Kiss Me Goodnight" wall mural above my and Wesley's bed and says "b,c,d,e,f,g".  This is a step up from the "6, 7" he use to say when he would point at it.  He love, love, loves to read and always has since we have read to him since he was a few months old.  Last week at daycare they had pajama Thursday and the kidlets got to bring books and a stuffed animal (Noah took his 'If I had Wings' book and his 'Row, Row, Row your Boat' books and his stuffed Barney).  Another child brought 'Pete the Cat: I love my white Shoes' and now that is his favorite book.  I ordered it for him, but it hasn't come in yet.  However, we watch it on You Tube.  It has a music CD that comes with it...which is perfect for Noah, cause that boy looooves to sing and dance.  When we are saying our dinner blessing or nighttime blessing he always says "amen" and if Daddy isn't paying attention he says Daddy! Listen! please.   Right now, his favorite word is "no".  Which, his Daddy and I do not like.  We follow up with an "excuse me" and he usually will say no ma'am.

Noah, absolutely loves being outside...no matter the weather.    He loves to feel like he is helping me or Wesley. He loves his shovels and pails and loves to play in the dirt.  When he's inside he likes to watch Barney (which he was saying Balley now Bahney), Sesame Street (he calls this teet), Toy Story (aka Buzz), How the Grinch Stole Christmas with Jim Carrey (Ginch) and many more.  He's not a couch potato but he loves his certain little shows.  His favorite toys right now are his light up sword we got from going to the James Island Co Park at Christmas, his Buzz Lightyear figurine, his talking plush Woody, and his Barney.  He has a playhouse that he got for Christmas that has a mailbox on the outside of it and I always try to put little goodies or prizes in there for him.  He loves checking his mail.
We have a car DVD player that helps his Daddy when he gets picked up from daycare everyday.  Wesley said Noah has started fighting him about getting in his carseat and the TV has been the reason he cooperates.

Noah is still very attached to me...he has kinda always been a moma's boy.  I am not complaining...I love it!  However, he has warmed up to other family members and friends, too.  He loves to talk about his GiGi (my mom) and G Daddy and Molly (he adores my parent's gigantic German Shepherd).  My parent's love to hear him call Molly (Miley).  He hasn't decided what he's going to call my sister yet.  Her name is Christina but sometimes he says Kiss Tina, Aunt Nina, or Aunt Edi (her nickname).  He can plainly say my brother's name....Nick.  He loves seeing his Grams and Grandpa (pepaw). 
My husbands family is pretty big but he loves his Memaw and Gdaddy, too.  He adores my nephew Kevin...for some reason he calls him Mark.  It's sweet, though.  He adores the daycare he goes to and comes home talking about some of the children there.  I can tell he really likes playing with Tyler and he loves to talk about Sue Sue (Susan) the owner of the daycare.  He has a few friends outside of daycare that he likes to talk about from time to time...Riley is the friend he has played with the most.  He just got to play with Riley the other Friday when Noah had to come to work with me all day.  Stacey, Riley's mom, thankfully, let Noah come play while I got some work done.  When I picked him up Riley cried and as we were leaving Noah said, "Riley kywin (crying)?"



Noah loves to eat certain foods.  He definately has a sweet tooth.  I am happy that he loves fruits and veggies.  His favorites are oranges, peaches, grapes, baked beans.  He loves rice and pasta.  He, also, like his moma, loves pizza. 
He asks for ice cream about every single night...so I buy fat free frozen yogurt and always try to keep sprinkes on hand. 

Noah always asks for "pinkles". He loves little toy story fruit snacks and marshmellows, too.

Noah wears a 2T in his tops and 18-24 months in the bottoms.  He likes to help pick out his clothing...even his pajamas.  He loves to have bubble baths and to color with his bathtub crayons (keywans). 

There are a million other things I could write down.  Every single day Noah does not cease to amaze me.  He is such a wonderful, beautiful, smart little boy, and I thank God every day that he has blessed me to be that sweet boy's moma




Friday, February 4, 2011

Can't wait to go home to this....

I hope everyone has a safe and happy weekend :)

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

This "cracked" me up!


Just wanted to share this card I found here .  Definately added a little laughter to my drab and dreary day.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Weekend and other stuff

So, I have no pictures to share from this weekend, sadly.  I really wasn't thinking.  We were outside almost the entire weekend and Noah loved every minute of it.  Such awesome weather that makes me long to be at Edisto Beach.
We planted almost 1,000 pine trees (with the help of some family members), took several walks with Noah in the wagon, flew a kite, and just played.  It really was a picture worthy weekend. (sad face)

On to Valentine things.  I really want Noah to have this picture that I found on etsy from this shop.  I like putting him in festive shirts to look cute at daycare or if we visit family.

I have decided on these cute printables from Shabby Chic Crafts to complete my Valentine goody bags for Noah's classmates.  I am really excited about it.  I always love planning and making cute things for his little friends.  I wish I could do it for a living!

Happy Tuesday! xx