First Birthday Paar-tay!

On Saturday, October 24, we finally celebrated the girls’ first birthday. We wanted to wait until they were closer to one year corrected age (which will be the end of November), but not get too close to the holidays. We wanted them to be a little closer to acting like your average one year old. Plus, around their birthday, things were a little crazy with Addison seeing new doctors and being in the hospital. Lots of pictures to come, because, really, pictures will tell the story better than I will anyways.

We decided on the theme “twinkle, twinkle little stars, you’ve grown so much and come so far,” and, really, it couldn’t have been more perfect! Addison, Violet, and Oriana have grown so much over the past year. They have made so much progress and we are so proud of them. Comparing where we were last year, to where we are now is completely mind boggling. (Also, I got to play with lots of glitter to make the decorations. Always a win in my book).

I made the “chalkboard” signs that you see all over pinterest. They turned out really great!
For the record, Ryan did help with some of the drawing on these.


Remember all that glitter I mentioned?!




Homemade ModPodge and glitter = awesome!
Ryan & I spent lots of time tracing stars on scrapbook paper & cutting them out. But my star garland turned out really cute, so it was worth it.

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We were excited to show our girls off. There were some family/friends at the party that got to meet them for the first time, and some that had not seen them in a long time. The girls were surprisingly well-behaved and social. They visited with everyone and got lots of love and attention. They also got toys, money, clothes, diapers, and puffs/snacks. We are so grateful to everyone who came to celebrate with us. Thank you for taking time out of your day to spend with us and thank you for all the wonderful gifts. Thanks to everyone who: helped make and/or buy food, ran to the store to pick things up, helped decorate and tear down, brought me coffee, and loaded up all the gifts and decorations in their cars and delivered them to the house. A special thanks goes to Marshanna, who not only took great care of the girls in the NICU, but offered to make their tutus, and did a fabulous job! You rock! These kids have no idea how many great people are in their lives!

I made these smash cakes for Violet & Oriana. Not bad for my first ever attempt at decorating with icing.
I bought the cupcakes though.
Time for cake!
Wait…what am I supposed to do with this?
This is delicious!
Getting a little encouragement from Great-Grandma
Oriana stayed true to form and preferred for someone else to feed her the cake. Violet was totally hands on though.

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P.S. – I made a slide show with pictures of each of the girls from the time they were born until now. It is kind of long, but I’m going to embed it in this post, because it took forever, and it is really cool to see how much they’ve changed, and you can watch it if you want to.

Both of my Grandpas, deep in conversation. They were too cute!
A mountain of new clothes
That, my friends, is 23 containers of puffs, and 8 bags of yogurt bites. Violet could not be happier!

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Mommy to 4 little girls & 2 fur babies. Just trying to survive the crazy. Sometimes I laugh, sometimes I cry, sometimes I need to scream.

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