Wednesday, February 29, 2012

oh man, her first In N' Out!!

So, now that it's spring, we won't be seeing a ton of Matthew because of his work schedule (sometimes 12-15 hour days), so on Tuesday Brooklynne and I met him in Turlock to get some lunch.  My mother in law gave us gift cards to in n' out for Valentine's Day, and Matt used his practically by the next day.  

Helping Brooklynne put her bib on.

Waiting for her delicious burger!

Playing with stickers. 

Daddy's burger

Eating her plain cheeseburger with grilled onions, she LOVED it!!

It was so yummy!
We had such a great time, and I'm so glad we got to see him today, because I only got 5 minutes with him before I had to leave for work.

The Best Birthday Party EVER!!

If you read the blog you know that Brooklynne turned one year old on February 16th, and we had her birthday party the following evening on the 17th, and oh boy, was it fun!!  Despite the amount of stress that it caused me (wanting everything to be a certain way),

I was very pleased with how the invitations turned out.

some of the details

 we had a wonderful time and little Brooklynne was just the perfect party girl!!
My friend, Giana took all the pictures, what a blessing it was to have a non-family member taking pictures (she did our maternity pictures as well), so Matt, and I and our families could really enjoy the party (I highly recommend having someone taking pictures)!

Saying hi to everyone.

Getting hugs from Grandpa!
The party started at 6 pm and we started eating dinner around 6:30.  I had started the crock pots around 9 that morning, we had a taco bar complete with chicken, pork carnitas, rice, beans, and all the fixings, and oh boy, it was yummy!!

Silly Uncle Evan

After dinner, we sang "Happy Birthday" to the Birthday girl and gave her her birthday cake.  She was slow to check it out at first, but after I put a little frosting on her lips, she didn't seem to mind it at all!

She didn't seem to mind getting messy or anything like that, she just wanted to eat the cake!!

After cake, Brooklynne opened her presents while everyone else got dessert; I made brownies, rice krispie treats, funfetti cupcakes, donuts, peanut butter cookies with dove chocolates in the middle, M&M's cookies, and a few different kinds of candies.  Everyone seemed to enjoy it all!!  Brooklynne was in to opening the presents for the first few, but then just wanted to play with everything!

She received so many wonderful gifts, she is so blessed!

Uncle Jared and Aunt Brittany

Matt brought out the present that we had for her (it was a hand-me-down from a friend...yay for free!), and she got so excited!

It is still her favorite present, she's in it half of the day, it seems to have become her clubhouse!  

We started saying goodbye to her guests as they left, one by one, and she was so sweet even saying goodbye.  B didn't go to sleep until almost 10 that night because she was up playing, and she had a good attitude the entire time, didn't get fussy once, which I was so thankful for!
We were so blessed with a full house of family and friends, and we felt so honored by everyone who was able to come, what loving family and friends we have!  

Uncle Evan, Uncle Jared, Aunt Brittany, and the Birthday Girl!!

Uncle Jason, Aunt Bethany, Emily, Antonio, Isaac, and the Birthday Girl!! (my sister, bro-in-law, niece and nephews)

Grandma, Grandpa, and the Birthday Girl!!

Nana and the Birthday Girl!!

Our Beautiful little Family!!

Happy Birthday, sweet baby Brooklynne, we love you so much!!

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Tuesday Tutorial: Penant Flag Banner

OH my goodness, this is my first tutorial since either November or the beginning of December.  I didn't completely finish it how I wanted to, but it was getting dark out.

I made a penant flag banner without using a machine to cut the flags so you all can see how easy it is to do without a fancy die cutter (not as easy, but easy).

I'm going to go back maybe tomorrow or this weekend and put "Happy St. Patty's Day" on the flags, so I made the amount I'll need for that.

What you'll need:

12x12 Scrapbook Paper
Paper Cutter (optional)
Hole Punch (not pictured)
Ribbon (optional)

Let's get started!

Start by dividing the paper in half by drawing a line at the six inch mark.

On one side use your ruler and make marks at the edge of the paper at 4", and 8" so you have 2 marks, repeat on the other side.

Next, draw a line from the top right corner to the first mark on the bottom of the page, then draw a line from the first notch on the top right side to the second notch on the bottom, repeat with the final top notch.  Turn the paper over and repeat.

Cut out the flags on the lines, you will have a little excess on the sides of the paper.

Take the hole punch and punch holes on either side of the top of each flag.

Run the yarn from the front to the back and out to the front again stringing the flags in your desired pattern.

Hang up your flags somewhere in your house, and stand back while you gaze at the awesomeness!!
Check back this week for a picture of the completely finished product!

Tomorrow I will be posting about Brooklynne's First Birthday Party, you won't want to miss it!!

Monday, February 27, 2012

Our Weekend Update {17}

Matt and I got to go to a marriage seminar this weekend with Matt's parents, brother, and soon to be sister in law, we heard Drs. Les and Leslie Parrot speak and it was great!  It was Friday night and Saturday morning.  Friday, our friend Abby picked up Brooklynne because they were having a family party and then they went to a concert for the youth group at our church, apparently she had the best time!  When we met them over at church I could tell that she was exhausted but so hyper at the same time, I had never seen her like that, it was adorable!  You could tell she knew she was with high schoolers and junior highers and she was having the best time!

She didn't go to sleep until 10:30 that night and of course she slept in on Saturday's the mornings that I can't sleep in that she chooses to sleep in...silly girl!!
We had the second session of the seminar that morning, so Abby came over again and hung out with B until 12:30 when we got home (we are so blessed to have such a great baby sitter!!!!)

Brooklynne got a new tea set for her birthday that makes noise and she loves it, so Matt had a little tea party with her!!

Daddy's already teaching Brooklynne how to play games on his iPhone, I've put a password on mine so she's not calling random people.  

I love our little girl, she is such a blessing!

Friday, February 24, 2012

Friday Photo Dump {19}

Friday Photo Dump photos are taken on the Instagram iPhone app (free) and dropped into a 4x4 collage. I am "annalisaj" on Instagram if you want to follow the feed.

Monday, February 20, 2012

Our Weekend Update {16}

It's been since December since I've posted a weekend update, but now that the holidays and Brooklynne's birthday party are done (what a relief), I felt a need to post again.  We had such a wonderful weekend, for quite a few reasons.  Brooklynne's first birthday was on Thursday and I enjoyed spending that day with her and making cupcakes for her 12 month pictures, Thursday night we went out to dinner as a family to celebrate her birthday.  We went to BJ's which is special to us for a few reasons, it's where we had our "gender reveal party" and found out that Brooklynne was a girl, and her initials are BJ, so it's fun, and we love their food!!  B was such a good girl and had fun hanging out with us!
Going into BJ's with her birthday hat on!

The birthday girl!

Ready to order her birthday dinner!

in her seat waiting for her food. corn dogs (so good) and fries...she was in heaven, notice the little hand grabbing at some grub?!?!

such a happy baby!

Girl loves her water!

They even brought her a pizookie with a  candle in it for her birthday dessert and we sang "Happy Birthday" to her.

She would have eaten the whole thing if we weren't there.

We had her birthday party on Friday night so I spent the whole day getting ready for that.  I can't wait to get the pictures back from our photographer and I will do a post once we get them back.
I've been wanting to paint her toe nails for a while but Matt said I had to wait until she was a year old, and now that she is, we painted them...they are so cute!

A couple of months ago a friend from MOPs gave us this car, and we've been keeping it in the shed waiting for her birthday, and man does she love it?!  She loves to climb in and out of it and shut the door and honk the horn, it is just so cute!

 Sunday we had church then Matt's family came over for lunch then we walked to the frozen yogurt shop with them
She's wondering why had water isn't in the cup holder

I could barely eat any of it myself because she wanted all of it...blackberry cheesecake frozen yogurt with graham cracker crumbs (I want more now)!!

I forgot to bring her jacket so we used Matt's flannel and rolled up the sleeves, she wasn't especially please with the idea.

We had such a wonderful weekend, and I am hoping to post the pictures from her party very soon!