Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Helping Hazel

Last week my sister's held a benefit for Hazel. The benefit/birthday party was literally like a wedding reception. There was a photobooth, desserts, drinks, dancing and a raffle. I got the easy job, I just had to show up with the guest of honor. 
 I have been completely speechless these last couple of days. I kind of feeling like I'm giving an acceptance speech at the Oscar's and I'm going to leave someone out. Actually, I don't even know where to start. Soooo many people came together with their time,talents, donations, and love to help us and this sweet girl. People who see her everyday, people who hardly know her and people who have never met her.  It' so easy to get upset when I sit down and think about her future and the pain I know she will go through.  But, after seeing how many people love and care about her and our family I know she will be just fine.

One of my favorite memories of her benefit will always be of a man named Gilbert. Gilbert learned of the benefit through facebook. He and his wife drove 100 miles to be there. Gilbert had never met Hazel, but he also has  Klippel-Feil Sydrome. His birthday was the next day and the only gift he wanted was to be in the same room with someone else who has KFS. It was amazing to get to talk to him and learn more about how he lives with KFS. And another amazing thing , our friend from church who was also was recently diagnosed with KFS was there too. He was quite taken back. :) 

PS. She is quite the party animal, made it 3 hours past her bed time with hardly a fuss. Not to add she was still on the dance floor at 9:30pm dancing gangnam style. 

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Smash Cake

I had other plans for Hazel's smash cake photo session that involved and actual professional photographer.. but they fell through. I was so bummed out. Since I already made a cake, I decided just to go ahead and take some pictures myself. I am by no means a professional photographer, but I'm just glad I got some photos of her eating her first taste of cake. I also loved getting to make her a little smash cake to match her secret garden party theme. She was very shy eating it, and would not look at me for anything.When she realized the flowers could be pulled off, she pulled off every single one and handed it to me. :) Love this girl, especially because I really needed to recycle the flowers for her actual birthday cake. 

A collage I made for her  birthday party.

Monday, May 20, 2013

A Secret Garden First Birthday Party

For Hazel's first birthday party I thought it would be fun to do a Secret Garden theme. I like flowers and loved the idea of being able to incorporate a skeleton key, since it is the symbol of the KFS Alliance. So... I had big plans for Hazel's party. Most of them fell through. But, with the help of friends, family and a glass of wine it all came together. First off, I burned the macarons and  the sugar cookies. Luckily, I was able to make more sugar cookies. But, sadly no macarons. Second, her party was suppose to be at a park. The weather called for damaging hail and tornadoes. My sweet Aunt offered her house as a plan B. I went ahead and went with plan B. No reason to get everyone killed here. Turns out it didn't storm until later. But, I know if I would have went with the park it would have stormed. Anywho- I was planning on using the outdoors as my decorations. Therefore, I didn't have much decor wise.  Third, I didn't finish Hazel's birthday dress. It's missing its sash. Fifth, I forgot to make her a smash cake for her actual party. I made one for her smash cake photoshoot, but not her actual party. Made a quick cupcake instead. Six, as I was dying Hazel's icing for her cake I grabbed the wrong color. It was suppose to be purple. I'm sure the look on my face was priceless when the icing  turned BLUE! I was not about to waste it, so I just made it work. Oh yah,to add the icing to the cake, during the baking process I opened my upper cabinet and a full bottle of sprinkles flew out and hit me in the head. The entire bottle spilt everywhere. I'm talking about the sprinkles that are tiny colorful balls. The kind of tiny balls I will be finding for the rest of my life. Oh well, the party went on and I had so much fun seeing everyone! Here are some party pics!

I loved making her invitations! It was kind of relaxing working on them once the babes went to bed.

Sash-less secret garden dress I made for her. And her party shoes!
 The blue cake...
 I still have the fondant flowers. They took forever to make and I'm having a hard time parting with them. Soon, I promise. 

  I made her a number one pinata. But, sadly we didn't get to use it. I'm sure my Aunt would not have appreciated toddlers swinging a baseball bat in her house. So, it tuned into decoration.

  I borrowed my nephew's mini polaroid camera and took pictures throughout the party and used washi tape to stick them to the glass door. It was the party wall. I forgot to take a picture of it at the end of the party though. But, I'm so glad Hazel will always have these fun pics of her party guests. :) The best part is when Monica and I looked at the party wall she noticed we had done the same double thumbs up, elbows out pose. Priceless. 

Party favors: Mason jar DIY dirt and worms

The birthday girl and her daddy.
We split her gift with my mom and got her a PotteryBarn Kids chair for her birthday present, she loves it!

She turned her cupcake upside down, took the wrapper off and ate it cake first. She loved the cake way more than the icing. Who's kid is this?!?

 This gal was a real party saver! I wouldn't have been able to pull it off without her! She got Hazel dressed for me, made all the beverages, helped haul everything over. I owe her!! I also owe her like 6 painting jobs, but that's another story. :) Thanks Katy A.!

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Fish Feeding

We took advantage of the weather this week and took the kids to feed the Carp at the lake. But, unfortunately we must have came at a bad time.  Poor Lincoln, he threw like three bags of fish food and not even one gross Carp came. Oh well, Lincoln still had a blast throwing food into the lake even if no fish came and I loved getting to see their little cheeks turn red in the heat. 

Tuesday, May 14, 2013


This weather.. finally! I was staring to lose hope. I can't tell you enough how hard it is being trapped inside with small children. The house starts closing in on me.  Glad spring weather is finally here... whew!  I just hope it sticks around for a bit. Or, at least until Hazel's birthday party this weekend. It's going to be at a park and warning, I will have a nervous break down if it snows or rains. Which I have come to learn is very possible in Missouri. 

He loves to fill up his sand/water table and use to for his squirt gun. He waters my yard for at least an hour. 

 My flowers :) Since this picture Lincoln has destroyed every single one. 

Naked finger painting. Only ok if you are under the age of 5. Or I guess.. speak for yourself?