Spring cleaning

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My parents came home from a week in Mexico, and upon walking through my door, the first thing my mother exclaimed was, “Ohhhh, yummmm, what is roasting in the oven!?” It was Sunday, so that wasn’t totally out of the question.

You know what it was?

The Seventh Generation disinfecting wipes in the Lemongrass Citrus (Thyme) scent.  Clearly I used a ton of them.

The night before, I’d pretty much wiped down the entire house after my husband spent the day with the flu and we figured out that little W had the Hand Foot Mouth (HFM) virus. So far, no one else has the flu or HFM, so I’m chalking that up to a major win.

And, the house smells wonderfully delicious thanks to the germ-fighting-thyme-essential-oil. Loving these things right now.

Cleanly yours,

MomME

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#tbt – W turns ONE!

Happy Birthday, love bug!
Happy Birthday, love bug!

At the exact moment W turned one (10:51am on February 3rd), we were in line at the drive-thru pharmacy window picking up medicine for his first ear infection.  It wasn’t how I envisioned spending his birth-moment, but I was just glad that I was aware of the moment despite that morning’s trip to the doctor.

As they say, the days go slow, but the years go fast…and that couldn’t be more true of this past year.

Our little 7lb 13oz baby…born on a Sunday morning at 10:51am (after a speedy labor)…had already learned to roll over, sit up, clap, wave, sleep through the night, blow kisses, feed himself, walk and even use sign language.

SOB.

But, despite the tiny quiver in my lip and the enormous ache in my chest threatening to explode with tears, it was time to celebrate with all the tremendous family and friends who have made this journey as miraculous as it’s been.  And, what better way to celebrate, than with a circus-themed-hotdog-party-on-Superbowl-Sunday!

I ordered cute chalkboard invites from Shutterfly, a personalized chalkboard sign from Abbey Conlon Designs on Etsy, and my inspiration for the circus and hot-dog theme?  Adorable items from the Big Top Circus collection by Jennifer Wick on Minted.  We had popcorn containers filled to the brim with Pirate’s Booty, banana muffins with cream cheese frosting, coconut water for the kiddos, fruit, veggies…and then a whole spread of hot-dog-toppings for the hot-dog-buffet.  My personal favorite?  The chili, cheddar cheese, onion and Frito combo.  My mouth is watering all over again!

But, first we had to get our first haircut…looking so dapper!

Of course, we had to get our first haircut before our big party!  He cried the whole time, so I ended up holding him while she cut his hair... [Disclaimer:  I, intact, did NOT go to Clemson...I'm a BC Eagle all the way!]
Of course, we had to get our first haircut before our big party! He cried the whole time, so I ended up holding him while she cut his hair… [Disclaimer: I, intact, did NOT go to Clemson…I’m a BC Eagle all the way!]
A cute, chalkboard themed invite from Shutterfly
A cute, chalkboard themed invite from Shutterfly
Popcorn containers from Party City and Big Top stickers and cupcake flags from Minted!
Popcorn containers from Party City and Big Top stickers and cupcake flags from Minted!
Some yummy treats before the hot-dog-bar was up and running!
Some yummy treats before the hot-dog-bar was up and running!

But my favorite decoration is still – 2 months later – hanging over our island in the kitchen.  I strung up pictures of W that I’ve been taking each month with adorable little stickers from Sweet Seraphina on Etsy.  With a little colorful ribbon and some clothespins leftover from a previous crafting project, it was easy-peezy to arrange this display, and definitely the highlight of the hog-dog-buffet.  I mean, how adorable!?

A little photo-collage of the colorful party!
A little photo-collage of the colorful party!
I've been taking a picture of W each month using these super cute stickers from Etsy.  I still have them hanging in the kitchen because they make me smile, without fail :)
I’ve been taking a picture of W each month using these super cute stickers from Etsy. I still have them hanging in the kitchen because they make me smile, without fail 🙂

The party was a major success!  We had friends and family galore, and W had a blast playing with his cousins and his baby-buddies in the play space we brought up from the basement.  The mat, blocks and tunnel were our presents to little W…and he loves romping around on them and knocking them down!  So did everyone else 🙂

Babies on babies on babies!  A few of W's buddies hanging out in the play area.
Babies on babies on babies! A few of W’s buddies hanging out in the play area.
W's favorite little buddies, BG and J ;)
W’s favorite little buddies, BG and J 😉
Snuggles from Noelle <3
Snuggles from Noelle ❤
Playing with his cousin, A
Playing with his cousin, A
Looking totally adorable in his Gymboree elephant shirt.  He had to match the party theme, obviously!
Looking totally adorable in his Gymboree elephant shirt. He had to match the party theme, obviously!
Gamma and Nana
Gamma and Nana
And my hubby's side...
And my hubby’s side…
My side of the family...
My side of the family…
Wyatt's Great Papa (he's lucky to have two great grandmothers and two great grandfathers!)
Wyatt’s Great Papa (he’s lucky to have two great grandmothers and two great grandfathers!)

And, of course, it wouldn’t be a party without a little cake smashing and singing.  So, we rounded up the troops, lit the candle and present W with his first taste of deliciousness.  Do you think he loved it?  Of course.  He’s my son, after all 😉

The birthday boy getting ready to blow out his candle and eat his banana "cupcake" with cream cheese frosting.
The birthday boy getting ready to blow out his candle and eat his banana “cupcake” with cream cheese frosting.
It took a second for him to decide that the "cupcake" was something he wanted to eat...
It took a second for him to decide that the “cupcake” was something he wanted to eat…
But then it was fun...
But then it was fun…
Really fun!!!
Really fun!!!
Nomnomnom
And incredibly messy.  Nomnomnom

We had a fantastic day celebrating our little bundle of spunk, and despite a small meltdown towards the end, he was running full steam ahead the whole day.  In fact, I had to track him down a few times to give him a little snuggle.  I saw just how independent our little munchkin was becoming.  And just how much joy he brings, not only to our lives, but to those around him.

You’re something else, my little love bug.  Happy birthday!

Yours gratefully,

MomME