My Littlest

My littlest one turned 3 yesterday! I wanted to do a post as a tribute to my littlest Lexie. So please bare with me through this quick recap, she is probably my last baby. 
This is Lex at one day old. 
So let me just start by saying, Lexie's entry into this world was awful! Her delivery was a horrible experience. Basically, I freaked out during my C-section and they kept upping my drugs until, according to my husband, I kept yelling gibberish at my doctors. I was completely out of it until an hour or two into recovery. When I finally held her, they took her away to check her heart (My first born was born with a heart condition that he passed away from) and I didn't get to see her again for another 8 hours. I was so panicked and it was one of the longest days ever. When I finally settled into my room with my daughter and tried to fall asleep, I heard the loudest screechiest cry!   Nothing has changed, 3 years later, she still has the shrillest cry that hurts my ears.
I know they look sweet, but looks can be deceiving.
Believe me, they are beautiful, but they are a pain in my ass. Haha!

That smile on my face is a delusion. 2 weeks in, I had high hopes that she would chill out as a baby. She didn't. She was such a cry baby from day one to day 1,095. Haha! 

Here she is as my one year old wild child. She has kinda always been a goofball, and it's always great to see her smile. When it came time to plan her first birthday, all I could think was: She's such a little monster. Check out her Monster party
Here is my terrible 2 year old Lexie. I never knew what kind of mood she was going to be in. She would have great days and bad days. Some days she would be agreeable and some days, she would just be difficult. But either way, at some point in the day, she was sweet. When it came to her 2nd birthday, she loved Jessie the cowgirl, so she had a Cowgirl party

Here are pictures from her 3rd birthday photo shoot. We knew her theme was going to be LaLaLoopsy, so I brought all of her dolls for the day and set them up for a tea party. It's always nice when we do a photo shoot for the kids' birthdays because it is their special time, without any other kids around to take the spotlight.
  Her party was a success and will be up on the blog soon! For now, here are some of the best from her photo shoot. 
Lexie and her Loopsy dolls having a tea party. 

My beautiful little lady, she looks so grown up here. 

These are two of her LaLaLoopsy Dolls. I wasn't crazy about these dolls for a while because they are kinda awkward and top heavy, they don't sit by themselves, and they aren't very cuddly. But they are cute!

She looks so sweet here... Don't be fooled! She is a total sour patch kid. First she's sour then she's sweet. First, she'll yell and cry if she doesn't get her way, and then she'll insist that all she wants to do is kiss you and tell you that she loves you. 

So sweet right?

This is her, being tough!  

We decided to take her to the park to get her to move around a bit, since she started to zone out. This definitely worked! 
I love these pictures of my baby girl. 

And this one! Ugh, how great is that smile! This is like winning the lottery, because she hates the camera! My sister-in-law always says, she was born with a camera in her face, and she fights it. She is always looking the other way or not smiling. Well, my littlest Lexie was unexpected from the start and keeps me on my toes. She's such a crazy kid, and I love getting to know the little person she is becoming. 

Thanks for checking it out! Her LaLaLoopsy party post is in the making... stay tuned! 

Oh, and all photos are courtesy of my Sister-in-law Tricia. Thank you for helping me document the lives of my children.  

Lexie's 1st Birthday- Lil Monster Party

When it came time to plan Lexie's 1st birthday I had difficulty deciding on a theme. Part of the reason was because she is the 2nd child and so I didn't have all the time in the world to focus solely on her, so she didn't really have a particular favorite anything. The other part of the reason was that she was a difficult baby, who cried a lot, and was really needy. So, after I began planning a circus party for her, I realized that it had nothing to do with who she was and who she was, was a 

This is the birthday banner that I designed for her birthday! My older daughter had a banner made for her 1st birthday, so naturally Lexie needed one as well. 

This is one of the two dozen little monsters that I made for the party. These were used at the centerpieces for the tables. I sewed each one using fabric quarters that I bought on sale at JoAnn's, this probably took me  two weeks to do, a few hours a night, a few nights a week.

I didn't want to use Monster's Inc. for the party, So I found this coloring page of "Boo" colored it, printed it and had it mounted to cardboard.. It was the welcome sign. Not to mention, my daughter resembles Boo! 

This was my first time making tissue poms! And, I didn't just make a few, I made 40! 

More Monsters...
The one in the background is one of 5 Monsters that I made out of foam board and material.  I saw this tutorial where a very crafty woman cut the monsters out of wood using power tools and then covered them in material. I am not exactly the power tool using type of woman (even though I considered it). I am however, an exacto blade wielding, foam board cutting, adhesive using, monster making, type of woman!


Ice Cream Bar
Since Lexie's birthday is in the middle of July, I really wanted to have an Ice Cream Bar. We had three different flavors, Vanilla, Rocky Road, and Cookies and Cream. The toppings: Sprinkles, Cinnamon Toast Crunch, Fruity pebbles, Mini Chocolate Chips, Frosted Animal cookies and Marshmellows. The extras: Whipped cream, chocolate and strawberry syrup, and cherries of course!

The Tissue Poms!

I wanted to have a bright backdrop for the kids to take pictures in front of. 
The pictures came out so fun!

My nephew jumping in the Jumper!

It's Scary how fast she's grown
I always like to display photos of them from their past years or year in this case for their birthdays. Since my sister-in-law takes amazing photos of my girls, I had plenty to display.  

Monster Ball Pit
This was one of the girls kiddie pools from the summer, I filled it with balls and it was a mini ball pit for the little ones! It just fit in so perfectly, it was another bright monster.

More photos!
 My daughter Lacey, Me and my friends from high school, and  my friends handsome and photogenic son Julian.

Lexie, My little monster! 

My Monsters! 
I cut these out of foam board, then sprayed adhesive on them, laid the fabric over it and then tucked the excess material on to the backs. 

We had a face painter, which kids always enjoy! I love this picture of my cousin's daughter Evelynn! Such a beautiful smile!

A monster keeping an eye on the gifts! 

The invitation I designed for Lexie's party. 

The cupcakes and toppers that I cut out using my Cricut!
I got the idea for the topper and some of the other
 Lil Monster Party elements from this blog.

Our Family photo