Layla’s 1st Birthday Party

My baby turned one last week… ONE! I have mixed feelings about this, but I have to admit it’s been fun to see her walking around and acting like a big girl. I enjoyed making crafts and getting ready for the party, but I am glad the work is over with too. I’d really like to make birthdays and holidays a big deal, probably because I didn’t have any as a kid!

She had a great day. Started off with a 20 minute nap right before everyone came, so she needed another one at the end of the party. It was nice to get away and hold her and cuddle her, just the two of us. We went swimming, ate cake, opened gifts, and played with friends.

Here are a few (I won’t bombard you with them all…) party pictures courtesy of the one and only Kerri…


Layla was a very careful cake eater, but I think she enjoyed it. It was my first attempt at a cake from scratch.

Here are a couple of my girl that I took a couple days before her birthday, playing peek-a-boo with Grammi.


Love you precious girl!



DIY Growth Chart

I love it when I actually get around to starting (and finishing) a Pinterest inspired project. Here is my version of the DIY growth chart. I wanted to be able to take it with us when we move eventually.

First I bought a 6′ board from Home Depot for about $20. I already had the paint, paintbrush, and sandpaper in my basement. I spent $4 on a dark gray marker from Michaels.

First I whitewashed the board with diluted gray paint for the undertone. Just one coat. You only need a tiny bit of paint. Buying the samples for $3 from HD is enough!

After that dried (about 10 minutes in the June heat!) I whitewashed two coats with diluted off-white paint. I liked how easy and forgiving whitewashing was.

After that dried, I sanded the edges until I got the distressed look I wanted.

I measured and marked feet, inches, and half inches. Then I free-handed the numbers by looking at a font on the computer screen.

I could probably go over the numbers one more time and make them nice and neat. Now I just need to hang it, and make it easy to take down to mark measurements accurately. The first mark will be the baby’s on her first birthday.

It was so easy and probably took me 2-3 hours if I did it straight through, including drying time. If your kids are already bigger it’s not too late to start one. You could always look up their growth stats from their doctors check-ups and add them if you really wanted!