celebrating braylen, zoo style

We had a big weekend celebrating BK’s fourth birthday. When I looked ahead to her birthday, I saw that I had penciled in a “37” on the Thursday before. Meaning, I would be 37 weeks and 3 days pregnant on the day she would turn 4. I wasn’t sure what we would do, but I was sure that I didn’t want to take on a huge party at the house, even though parties at our house will always be my favorite kind.

In January, we decided on a zoo party and she changed her mind a million times. But, when you’ve already paid a big fat deposit there is no going back. Luckily, she was just fine with that and when things started to come together, and she saw her adorable invitations, she was ecstatic about the zoo party.

Here we are before leaving. I didn’t think we would get a picture of the three of us together (and we didn’t), and this is the best I could do before the party.


This birthday girl proudly held up four fingers for the photos.


We started off inside a party room at the zoo, and they didn’t waste any time pulling out the animals. BK wasn’t so sure about the snake, but after she saw all of her friends touch him, she was on board. They also brought out a feret and let’s just say, I don’t think she’ll be asking for one anytime soon.


We loved celebrating with so many of her sweet friends.


The best part about the zoo party is that they literally do everything. I only brought safari hats as party favors and the zoo did the rest, from cake to clean up. After cake and ice cream we were first in line for the carousel and the train ride, and then everyone could enjoy the zoo for the rest of the day. She and her friends had the best time, but she was still up for stopping by Chick-fil-a with Brayden on the way back home.





On Sunday, she woke up to a room full of balloons and a cinnamon roll with four candles and we sang Happy Birthday to the new four year old. She was smiling all morning, and her smile only grew when she saw her net trampoline (she’s been asking for one for months) in the back yard.

We quickly got dressed for church where she was sure to tell everyone that it was her birthday.

After church, we had a little party at our house with family and a few friends. It was small, I didn’t have to do much at all and I fed everyone pizza. Remember how I’m 37 weeks pregnant? Plus, they didn’t seem to mind the pizza. We stayed true to the zoo theme at our little party. I’ll let the pictures do the talking.








BK was elated to be sung to a third time.



And she spent a good bit of time serenading us with the Frozen soundtrack on her new karaoke machine.


We seriously had the best weekend, my feet were so swollen by the end of both days, but it was all worth it. Now, the real countdown to baby begins, we have less than two weeks until we meet our baby boy. His big sister could not be more excited about his upcoming arrival!

A big thank to Kristin for the adorable printables.



showering baby boy

I had a beautiful baby shower this past Saturday to celebrate our sweet baby boy. The countdown is on around here, and we’re less than three weeks away from his scheduled arrival date. It seems like a million years in some ways, but I know I’ll blink and be getting my things ready to check into the hospital.


I love how fun and intimate this shower was, it was at my house and I invited my closest friends and family. It was nice to be able to sit and talk, to catch up and laugh with everyone who came. The food was delicious and the cake tasted just as good as it looks in the pictures.




I’m going to incorporate this thumbprint tree in the nursery after I let all of of our visitors (once the baby arrives) add their name. I think it will be a special keepsake for years to come.


And how cute is the nail polish? I loved seeing all of the shades of blue!





I always love getting to see these two ladies. We’ve been friends since kindergarten and share some incredible memories.


And a huge thank-you to everyone who hosted the shower and made the day so special, and to everyone who came and celebrated with us. Here a group shot with my hostesses who truly went above and beyond to make this day perfect.


Braylen was excited to see all of the new things for the baby. She’s been playing in his room lately, rocking her baby dolls and getting tons of practice in before he arrives. I think she’s going to be the best big sister and I can’t wait to see her in her new role.


Speaking of showers, I also had a diapers and wipes shower at school last Tuesday. I only have a picture of the cake, but I had a great time. I work with a wonderful group of women and I am so thankful for all the love and support they have shown.




Rubber Duck Baby Shower

I actually helped my mother with this shower a few months back, I completely forgot about it until I saw the draft I had written back in May. It was a nice surprise, especially since I was lacking content today.

My mother was actually the brains behind this shower, we usually recruit each other to help out when we have a party to plan, we make a great team. I’m going to show you the pictures and give you the details at the bottom. She went with the rubber duck theme per request of the mother-to-be, I live in the land of princesses and glitter, so it was a nice change for me.

You’ll see rubber ducks throughout, along with the blue gems to create the illusion of water. This cute banner hung over the fireplace.



The desert table was filled with white powdered doughnuts, cupcakes, and a cake.




The food table featured finger foods and a chevron table runner. If you have a serger, you can quickly make a table runner by serging around the edges of the fabric. It’s an inexpensive way to add character and color to the table. You can also purchase several yards of fabric and fold it to create the illusion of a finished edge. Then just lay the fabric down the middle of the table.



You can coordinate glass pieces you already own by adding ribbon. We filled this container with rubber duck candy. To continue the color scheme, we added yellow flowers to sit around and brighten up the venue, fresh flowers are always a great way to bring everything together.



We used floating rubber ducks for the punch bowl and added coordinating ribbon to the drink dispenser.




I thought this was such a fun and cute shower for a new addition, it would even be fun to use yellow and pink for a girl.

Most of the ducks were purchased on Amazon.