Monday, March 28, 2011

Thirty Shmirty

I've been a member of the 30's club for almost a month now, but I'm just now getting around to this post. I actually handled turning thirty better than I thought I would, and so far, so good...

My birthday fell on a Friday, but we celebrated on Saturday. Griff did a great job with my birthday plans this year. He planned a fun day for me and a few friends, and it was supposed to be a surprise until my plans were going to interfere with the surprise, and I unintentionally forced him to spill the beans. Oopsie. :-/ So, on Saturday morning Griff took Izzy to spend the day with his parents before he went to work, and I met my girlfriends for manis, pedis, lunch, and shopping. Fun fun!!

Katie talked us all into buying Sanuk sandals. If you haven't tried them on, you must! The soles are made out of yoga mats and they feel like heaven. We found a Griff-size flip flop on the way out and had to get a picture with it. On Saturday night, a big group of us wen to Cantina Laredo for my birthday dinner. Things were all fine and dandy, and then out comes the cake... My super talented ex-friend (kidding), Tracy, made this: Do you think he's laughing at the rocking sweater I'm wearing or my killer mullet? I can't put all of the blame on Tracy though. After all, this must have been Griff's idea, and my sister worked to get the picture from my mom, so as you can see, there is a long list of people to blame. Paybacks are hell, people. Watch your back.

After dinner drinks. Good times.

As an added bonus, I scored some great gifts this year. My sweet baby girl gave me a gift certificate for a massage, and Griff listened very well this year and gave me shopping money. Other gifts from family and friends included money, another massage certificate, a year of candles gift set, some sweet new kicks, cute pajamas, a fun wine glass, a bottle of bubbly, a new scarf, some super cute clothes, some yummy smelling Bath and Body Works stuff, a really pretty necklace, and a Starbucks gift card. I'd say it was a great birthday! Bring it on, 30's. You don't scare me.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Little Lady Turns Two

My baby is two years old. How did this happen? I think I can honestly say that these were the quickest 2 years of my life. I can also say that they have been the best 2 years of my life. She is just the sweetest little thing with the best personality. I am constantly asking Griff, "Is it just me, or is she the cutest baby you've ever seen???" Of course, he always agrees with me.
As I've posted recently, her vocabulary has really taken off lately, and she is just a little sponge these days. We saw Izzy's neurologist for a check-up last month, and he was very pleased with her progress. He said to her, "How'd you get to be this way? There are so many reasons why you shouldn't be doing this well. " I think we all know how she got to be this way. She has a rockstar mom. Kidding!! Not a day goes by that we don't thank our God for all of the obstacles He has carried Izzy thru. I think it is safe to say that Isabelle is a normal 2-year-old with normal 2-year-old behavior - good and bad. ;-)
We had her birthday party at The Little Gym this year, and she had a blast. She goes there once a week, so naturally, she ran around like she owned the place.

There wasn't much in the way of decorations, but I did make this little banner.
I made way too many cookies, as usual, and mom helped me decorate them. For our first actual attempt at decorating sugar cookies, I think they turned out pretty cute, especially from a distance. Upon closer inspection, you might guess that Izzy decorated them. :-/
The party favor bags. I told myself I wasn't even going to mess with party favors this year, and then I saw this adorable idea for favor bags online, and there you have it. Hubs was an excellent helper with these bags.
And here is the most adorable cake on the planet, made by the very talented Tracy Agren. It tasted even better than it looked, if you can believe that. We ended up with some leftover cake (even after sending family home with some), and after picking at it all morning following the party, I told hubs to get it out of the house before I made myself sick. Izzy cried as he took it away, and I may have shed a tear or two, too.
My big girl! Thanks for the adorable shirt, Auntie K! And thanks for the super cute piggy bows, Becca!

She's finally getting comfortable on the big balance beam. When we first started, she wouldn't even put her feet down on it.
Loving being the center of attention!

She can do the little beam all by herself. Show off!

Her favorite snacks - strawberries, blueberries, and goldfish crackers
Here she is clapping for everyone as they sing happy birthday to her. Such a sweetie pie.
Gothic baby

We decided not to open gifts at the party so that the kids would have extra playtime in the gym.

Kinda glad we did. This is what a 2-year-old opening gifts looks like.

Happy birthday to the best girl I know!