Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Once Upon A Madison

This post will consist of a ton of pictures...
...a ton of pink...
...and a ton of creativity and giving hearts that made this beautiful party for our Madison. 
This is the very first girl party we've ever been able to do so we went all girl. 
There was pink and gold, tiaras and lace, flowers and fairy tales, and sugar and spice. 
It was crafted, designed, set up, baked, decorated, laid out, arranged, and conducted by lots of family who love this little girl to pieces. 
The rain even stopped for one morning so her party could be outside...
...which when it comes to toddlers and cake is always a good thing. 
Actually when it comes to toddlers and most anything, outside is the cleaner and safer option, at least for furniture and floors. 
Asides from the incredible family pitching in for days ahead of the party to create and design, Madison's big brothers also joined in to help. 
They were more than eager to provide their best present opening tips. 
And when Madison would seem tired of opening presents they were so kind to jump in and take over the task.
They graciously brought her the wrapped gifts...  
...and then selflessly tested out some of the presents to make sure they were of optimal enjoyment for their baby sister. 
 
It's a good thing Madison loves her big brothers and their nonstop entertainment. 
With their help she made it through opening presents before hamming it up for a few pictures. 
And pictures from this party will always bring up some unique memories from the weekend. 
Because the week before her party, Miss Madison was covered in chicken pox. 
We didn't know if her party would happen. 
But she was a trooper and navigated through beautifully!  
So scabbed up chicken pox and all the party went on and those cute little scars will always be a fun memory. 
They didn't seem to bother her at all, except for a few less smiles and spunkiness, she totally didn't seem to mind a day all about her. 
And we are so grateful for family and friends that didn't mind about chicken pox or chancing rain to be a part of her day either. 
We couldn't have done this party without our amazing family. 
And Madison is a blessed little lady to have the privilege of growing up with the extended family she has surrounding her and pouring into her. 
We can't wait for all the future parties down the road, all the pink and sparkles, and gold and glitter. 
But for this day, I couldn't have imagined it better, and it was a very happy, "once upon a Madison" birthday. :) 

Thursday, May 12, 2016

The Princess and the Pox

Once upon a time a beautiful princess woke up covered in spots.
"We'll wash them off!" declared prince number one. But they did not wash off.
"Kiss them off!" decided Prince number two. But they did not kiss off. 
But prince number three, a valiant gentleman, gently said, "What spots?"
"All I see is our beautiful baby princess."
And all the princes agreed. 
And that is why this princess, fleeting pox and all, will live happily ever after.

Friday, May 6, 2016

One Year Madison!

Happy Birthday my beautiful little girl!
Today you are one year old and you take my breath away.
You turned our world upside down and everyone one of us are so grateful you did!
This past year has taught the boys gentleness and how to cherish the little sister in their lives. 
They've also taught you how to sword fight, wrestle, and spit. I'm sorry. 
You are in size three diapers, can wear 9 month-18 month clothes depending on the maker, you hate wearing socks and shoes, and not a fan of bows, but had no problem with your princess crown. 
You love reading books with Mommy, making Wils scream by stealing his food when he's not paying attention, having Jefferson and Harrison sing to you, and anything your Daddy says or does. 
You love being outside but you don't like being dirty. You want your hands washed right away after eating or playing outside. 
You are crawling, fast. You are cruising everywhere and get into impossible predicaments, but with three older brothers there's always someone nearby to come to your rescue. 
You can climb the stairs faster than light and disappear up to your room to rock your babydoll and dump out your dresser drawers. 
Because you don't like anything to stay in a drawer, in a cabinet, folded neatly, stacked, or organized. 
You are getting so good at communicating with us and able to sign for water, milk, more please, all done, yes, and no. You say Dada, Mama, Bubba, light, on, yum, bye, and you for "I love you." 
You have ditched baby food and fallen head over heal in love with the culinary world. 
You love sautéed chicken in garlic and herbs. You love sunflower seed butter sandwiches and grapes. You'd eat your weight in steamed veggies, whole wheat muffins, olives, raisins, oatmeal, and grilled vegetables. 
You've recently discovered mac n' cheese, pickles, chocolate chip cookies, and steak. 
You'd be happy if every day started with scrambled eggs and ended with something grilled. You and I get along great!
You are and have always been so laid back and sweet. You ditch your naps frequently in order to keep  up with big brothers and you never are grumpy about it later. 
You are fine eating on the go, riding in a cart seat, walking around the zoo, museums, DC, hanging out in doctor's offices or Daddy's office. 
Madison, you are our blessing and we couldn't imagine life without you. We had no idea what our world look like with you in it, but it has been so richly blessed!
A year ago we cuddled our tiny infant swaddled against our chests. Today we see glimpses of the young lady you are growing to be and we couldn't be more in love with you! 
To our sweet precious baby girl, may you continue to grow in wisdom, and stature, and favor with God and man! Happy Birthday Madison! We love you!