Sunday, September 22, 2013


Before we talk about Miles' birthday...Let me first announce the creation of a wonderful and dream come true Boutique I created and brought my friend Abby to the team with me.
Backyard Boutique!!
This has been months in the making and I am SO relieved and excited it is finally happening.
Cannot wait for November 23rd, to see all the vendors and crafters, and shoppers and say....I did this! I made creative artistic people get together and join hands and sing together in bliss!! Okay maybe not like that...but I am so happy to have a dream come true and this Boutique to really be happening. Done with one thing and on to the next big thing is my life theme right now...But did you really expect me to stop teaching and just lay around and do nothing!?!?!?!?!!!? NO!!! I say NO!!! So heres to an amazing Boutique that I can't wait for!!!

So it has been exactly one week since Miles' birthday, and it really took me some time to recover.
You will see from the following pictures....
We went with the jungle theme...because he loves  animals... so much it hurts. Like he cries when we leave a puppy. 
Brad blew these up with our air mattress manual pump. Brad got mad at me after the party and said he didn't have a weekend. Well honey-I didn't have a month so....yes its my fault. And I'm really sorry.

These bad boys were the problem. 
I worked on these for about a month and a half straight. I love the way they turned out.
My grandma is a phenomenal oil painter-I just learned a few tricks from her.
The zebra-oh I couldn't get the zebra to work out. I think I spent about 20 wasted hours on the zebra, then one night as I woke up at 3 AM, it all came to me what I needed to do, and she finally came together. Little stinker. I really wanted to paint these for Miles, he mostly loves cats and dogs and hasn't really came in contact with a lion on the street, but he watches Baby Einstein, and he loves the animal ones the best.
When I was planning what to do for the party...I thought, ya I'll make a cake, I'll make some cute animal cookies, I'll do party favors, decorations, water bottle labels, the paintings..this will be great.
Then it all hit me like a cement truck. Full of cement.

These turned out adorable though.
You just use Royal Icing, and a ziplock bag to decorate.

Abby my friend made the cupcakes-luckily-I couldn't have done these too...that would have just put me over the top. As if I wasn't over the top already.

Abby and I thought these sixlets were such a brilliant idea-12.00 later, they turned out cute and I had 12.00 of sixlets leftover after the party.

Oh I also printed all his monthly pictures, and made a jungle banner.

Oh and I printed and made party hats...

And I printed pictures for his month to month frame.

We covered the wall to make the children feel like a real jungle.

The streamers were a must. 

He loved the party hat...Not.

This is so weird how these videos upload, but whatever....

He ate like 4 bites then just demolished it.


Cute guilty.

Here is a close up of his 1.

And we survived.
The Jones Family, The Wildings, and the Andersons came for the fun.
The birthday boy himself.

The guests and party time.

Riggs came and things started to get Craaazy.

Because Miles started eating his shoe.

I feel like he grew up before my eyes.

Well technically speaking-he did grow up before my thats a dumb expression. He grew up so fast my eyes didn't see it is my amended expression.

I really wanted him to wear the party hat.
He really didn't want to.

So glad Abby did.

Koyle was also a happy participant in the party hat department.

Riggs was excited at first then dropped out.

Oh hi cookies.

Singing time.

He was really confused.

Party time, party time.....

Destroy time...

Sorry I know you saw these, but I took pics with my phone and my we are getting double action.

He was so serious about it. So serious.

Present time!!!

Look at the goods.
OH my goodness I almost forgot...I made a pinata. From scratch.
Or a balloon.

It is a lion...if you couldn't tell.

If I can get Brad out of bball shorts and a sports team shirt...its a true was not one of these days.

Pinata time!

The lion took a severe beating.

Miles went for the bat when the candy was down.

This was too much for him..he was completely confused and had no idea we were doing all of this for him..someday he will know.

Previously I forgot to put these tractors from my parents into the picture.

Oh how much work this was...and I couldn't face it again until today :). I needed some recovering time. Because all I thought about was birthday and I needed a week to not think about this week I thought about watching Hulu, and taking was awesome.


Brendon said...

Wow!!!! That's amazing. Everything is amazing. Happy first birthday, Miles! He is seriously sooooo cute. Brendon & I often tell each other Miles is one cute boy.

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Sara Oakes said...

Your paintings are amazing! You have the cutest little boy and the cutest little family!