20 years later…

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Missing one of the most influential people in my life something fierce 20 years later. She always knew the right thing to say to me when I needed it most. To know my Maw-Maw was to know genuine love. She was a huge source of strength and unconditional love and easily one of the most sincere people you’ve ever had the pleasure of knowing. Twenty years ago today she went home. There hasn’t been a single day since then that I haven’t thought of her. Some say time eases pain and possibly it does to an extent. But I’m certain she took a huge part of my heart with her when she took her last breath. She only got to hold one of my four children, but make no mistake all of them grew up knowing her name, stories about her, and over the last few years I’ve even begun teaching our little ladies how to cook some of her recipes. I’ll never stop missing her, but I’ll also never forget the tremendous impact she made on my life and how lucky I am to have been able to have her for my Maw-Maw. Grandparents are such a blessing to have around and I cherish the memories I have of mine.


Alicen has arrived!

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She’s here! My sweet beautiful Goddaughter has finally arrived! Her mommy was induced early yesterday morning. By mid-day I told her I had a feelings she was going to wait until today to be born. Sure enough, Alicen is stubborn like her Nanny and made her poor mama wait a whole extra day to hold her! At 1:12am Alicen came into this world at a whopping 6 lbs 13 oz and 20″! I can not wait to spoil this sweet girl. I wonder if she knows how much she is already loved?


Bitty’s 6th care bears themed birthday party!

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Once again she managed to pick a theme that we couldn’t just run to Party City or Target to buy all of the decorations for, but it didn’t deter us one bit! Bitty wanted a care bear party (someone go ahead and pinch me, because to date I’ve been allowed to live vicariously through my little cupcake because all of her themes aside from her 1st owl party has been some of my favorite childhood things!) and that’s what she got! I found some adorable invitations on Etsy to invite everyone!

We made all of the care bears hung around the house and streamers hung from the ceilings.

For the food, snacks, & drinks we did things like pizza, heart shaped cookies, gummy bears, m&M’s, cheese puffs, chips, brownie bites, pickles, olives, a few different types of Teddy Grahams, fruit punch, pink lemonade, etc .

I may have made a game out of having our kiddos find every care bear in our home by making a scavenger hunt out of it and offering ten cents for every bear they found. I also may have not realized how many care bears that were in this house, ha ha! Still worth it! Mama’s sanity was saved & we had tons of care bears to scatter around for added care bear fun!

For her cake I ordered an edible care bear cake topper to put on it from Etsy also.

Then threw some care bear pictures in frames, decorated a wooden number six from hobby lobby with a glittery card stock. Put some more care bears on the table including the vintage birthday bear I ordered her from 1983 (ugh, how is 1983 vintage when I was already five years old?). I had to add the little birthday bird and the block letters with her name that has been on her cake table for all six of her birthdays now. We hung a happy birthday bitty banner behind her and surrounded the entire room with a ton of balloons, a variety of bright colored plates, napkins, forks and spoons, and table clothes to brighten up the room.

For the party favors we ordered some care bear gummies on Amazon and for the party game prizes we found some care bear party packages that have coloring pages, colors, stickers, etc.

For entertainment we had care bear coloring books out. And played pass the care bear “hot potato style” and pin the cupcake badge on Birthday care bear.

What is a party with without a lot of colorful balloons? We also found a gold #6 and gold “Happy birthday” balloons to hang up.

We surrounded the spot for her to open her presents with balloons on either side of her chair with balloon weights and hung some care bears and hearts behind her chair.

Of course we never forget to measure the birthday kiddo up on the door frame in our laundry room. While we are considering moving from this house, that door frame is coming with us!

Last and certainly not least we didn’t forget to thank our guest for taking the time to come celebrate our little Bitty with the fun printable we also ordered on Etsy.