children

Happy Birthday Abe the…Toddler!

Today is a very special day, for it is my one and only little Abram’s very first birthday!

I am sad to say that he is no longer technically Abe the Babe, but Abe the Toddler.

This past year has been incredible. Abram was a surprise pregnancy that wasn’t taken all that well, and boy did I fight it til the very end up until the moment he was born. But that moment changed my life (ugh, now I’m starting to gross myself out a little with all of this mush) and my life certainly has not been the same!

Having a child has taught me things I don’t think I would have learned without one. The biggest lesson would have to be the realization of how naturally selfish I was and can still be at any given moment. It definitely taught me that I am a lot stronger than I give myself credit for. It’s like babies windmill kick you into adulthood, no matter how “adult” we may think we already are. And from what I hear, I’ve got plenty more lessons to learn.

But putting the lessons aside, it’s just been a blast. This kid is hilarious, and there is not a day that goes by that I’m not bent over with laughter from some form of entertainment Abram is providing me. And he’s only 1! I cannot imagine what he will come up with in the years to come.

My favorite part about being a mom is having the opportunity to help create a man. Abram may only be 12 months old right now, but one day he will be A MAN. That’s insane to think about. I want him to be the kind of man that intentionally loves the people around him. The kind of man that serves others, and that actually uses his gifts to worship in whatever form that may be. I mean, not gonna lie: hope that’s music. But it could be sports, writing, photography, organization, etc. I just want him to love God with all that he is and all that he has. You don’t meet those people everyday. Daniel and I have quite the responsibility on our hands. Thank God for grace and forgiveness, cause I know screw ups (and many of them) lie ahead.

Well now I’m just gonna cry. Happy Birthday Abram Isaiah Webb!

Got’em!

As far as I know, all of the supplies I need for Abram’s party are here. It doesn’t look like much, but I am going to be D.I.Y.-ing many of the other supplies and activities. I’m not much of an online shopper, but it has been fun scouring the web for the best prices on things and purchasing it without having to travel to Gainesville.

Most of the goodies you see here are from Oriental Trading. I wanted to do teals, greens and browns as the color scheme, with other colors here and there for accents. The cute paper straws came from HeyYoYo on Etsy; the best online shop for vintage and fun cupcake and party accessories in my opinion. I got 4 giant yards of burlap fabric for the table clothes from the Online Fabric Store. I thought these would add to the theme, and I can also use it for other crafts in the future.

These cute little mushroom containers are going into the Neverland bags the kids get. Children just love to put things in other things, so I thought these were perfect for them to take home and play with.

The gold coins will be hidden in the buried treasure chest that the kids get to find on a treasure hunt, and the telescopes will also be in there Neverland bags.

I thought it would be neat to make the Neverland bags out of this old drop cloth. I would tie them up with twine and stick a feather in the twine to give it that peter-pan-and-lost-boy feel.

Well, we all know what those glow sticks, glitter and ball jars are for. Fairies in a jar!! The spray paint will be for the dessert trays I make out of old plates and cups, as seen here on my crafty Pinterest board. The pitcher with the spout and the baby food jars are going to be for the bubble station. I found a great recipe for homemade bubbles and bubble sticks!

That’s the plan for now. I’m going to hang jars with tea lights from the trees, and use our wedding lights and lanterns for the patio and the backyard. Somewhere by our big tree in the yard I want to build a fort for the kids to go in and use their imaginations, and also get to see the fairies in their jars light up, since the party will be day lit. I think I might also hand paint some wooden signs for each section of the party just to add an extra fun touch.

Someone wanna build me a little pirate ship?