Brooke Turns 1!

This past week has been crazy and I feel like I can finally breathe! On Saturday we celebrated our baby girl turning 1! We had about 50 of our closest friends and family over to my parents to celebrate! We are truly blessed to have so many people that love Brooke and were willing to travel 2 days after Thanksgiving to see her. 

We started off her birthday just the three of us and presented her with our gift. A kitchen! She loves to get into my cabinets so I thought maybe if I put this near my kitchen then she will play in her own (Hey, a mom can dream right?). After my husband finally got it together – whoever started the term “easy assembly” needs to reconsider – She LOVED it. 




I have been working all week with help from my little brothers amazing girlfriend to make decorations for her party. Here is one of my favorites: the chalkboard telling guests about Brooke. Image


We made the tu-tu as well! 

She got to open her presents!



Check out this great rocking elephant that Uncle Ben & Aunt Courtney made for her! Ah-mazing! Image


We then had cake – she was loving the icing but didn’t really get into the cake! 



This was the scene when we got back to our apartment! She is one lucky girl! Image


The only bummer was that my beloved Crimson Tide lost to our rivals Auburn. It was heartbreaking to say the least – but for some reason the losses don’t hurt as bad when I get to look down at her smiling face! 

A HUGE thank you to my parents for hosting Brooke’s birthday party just 3 short weeks after moving into their new house! It looked beautiful and it is nice to start traditions in a new home! 

As my husband and I tucked Brooke into bed after her party – we looked and each other and I said “Wait a minute—we only get 17 more of these?” Slow down baby girl! 


Full speed ahead!

Life is so crazy right now. Crazy good – but crazy busy! The time between Thanksgiving and Christmas has ALWAYS been my favorite. I love having family around (especially having my little brother and his amazing girlfriend home from college), cooking yummy meals and just the overall good mood that most people are in during this time of year. This year I have a new favorite reason to love the time between Thanksgiving and Christmas…..

OUR BABY GIRL IS TURNING ONE! I really can’t believe that she is turning 1! I am so excited to celebrate with all of our friends and family this weekend! Her birthday is November 30th! This time last year I was SUPER pregnant since my due date was the 23rd of November. We were all sitting around the table anxiously waiting for Brooke to arrive. This year we will celebrate with her sitting at the table with us!


She makes my heart melt and I am so THANKFUL for her.

I have SO much to do before Saturday. The first thing is Thanksgiving. My parents recently moved into a new house and we are excited to start new traditions at their new house. I am planning to bring a side dish and a dessert. I think I have settled on this loaded mashed potato casserole (YUM!) from A Night Owl Blog and these yummy looking Red Velvet White Chocolate Chip Cookies from Cooking Classy.

I am super excited to cook yummy food for by family. I know this is my husbands favorite holiday because he l.o.v.e.s to eat.

I am also working on a few fun DIY things for Brooke’s 1st birthday party! Bring on the late night and nap time tasks!