Friday, January 27, 2012

Miss Harper Kate turns one!

Saturday, December 17, 2011 was the BIG day Harper Kate's party. We LOVE birthdays here at the Tijerina's, especially first birthdays. I was so excited to get to plan a "girl" party, even though it was just a few days before Christmas. I am a firm believer that pinterest is the best thing since sliced bread, and I was so excited when I found a picture of a nutcracker ballet party on one of my friend's boards. Pink and red with nutcrackers and ballerinas would be the theme for her party.
The Cake....

If you can't tell, this cake is a made by mommy oiginal! Following Hagen's Christmas party on Thursday, this was next on my to do list. So I turned on the coffee and got started, hours later around 3:30 am, Erik appeared out of the bedroom, pink icing was everywhere, I was learning how to make icing flowers on you tube, Christmas carols were blaring and Gordon our elf had turned the milk red....he jsut looked at me, smiled and said "I really think you have lost your mind". I know I am not the next cake boss or cake mama, but I do think the cake turned out pretty well.

The ballerina cake topper.

Red velvet cupcakes...I used my grandmother's recipe, which I must add is the bes red velvet cake recipe on the planet, just ask Erik.

Pink lemonade tea cakes, another pinterest find, these were fabulous! Th platter and most of the other china were my other grandmother's.

Chocolate covered marshmellos....made by daddy;)

These amazing cookies were made by Cookin Cousins in Canton. They actually hand cut the ballerina slippers. They sell these amazing cookies for $14 per dozen, and they tast great as well!

A pinterest find, snowballs..

Pink and pearl gumballs.

The Nutcracker Aunt Blaire gave Harper for her first birthday.

I found this lollipop kit at Party City, very easy to personalize your own.

All of Harper's shoes she wore during her first year.

The pink plate I found at Canton for everyone to sign.

Big brother signing her plate.

We had Crista Couch our photographer come to the party and she did a wonderful job of capturing some great pictures. I want to touch that cake...Cooper before the party.

I love this picture of Harper's ornament.

KK and Harper.

My dad (Pops), Harper and I.

Nanny and Harper.

My grandad (G-paw), Cooper and Payton. I treasure these pictures.

Family picture.

Getting ready for Santa to visit.

Ho Ho Ho ...Happy Birthday Harper!
Santa aka. Bobby was so gracious enough to come make a santa visit for us1
I think he makes a great santa, Mrs. Nancy and Mr. Bobby watch Harper sometime during the week and came to be part of her party.

I'm not scared as long as I have my thumb.

Hmmmm.. Let me see.... Is this not the most classic Santa picture ever?

Ok...this is what I need.

My sweet kids.

Presley would only go see Santa if Cooper went with her! Look at Coop's smile.

Harper opening her doll mommy and daddy gave her.

The doll has a tiny birthmark on her left cheek, just like Harper's.

Blowing out her candle.

Yummy Cake..

What a special day this was that I will always cherish.

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A busy two weeks with no camera!

What a busy but fun December we have had! So so many things going on over the last few weeks, and of course it seems that I have forgot my camera at every event. So, I have decided to write a quick recap of the past few weeks events, just for the record.

November 29th,
The Advent party at Leslie's house. What a blessing this has been during christmas. My friend Leslie invited 24 people to take part in this daily devotional, and hosted an ornament exchanging party at her house. We each made 24 identical ornaments to swap at the party. After swapping each person had a complete set of 24 ornaments matching each Advent story. Every night our family participated in a nightly devotional and hung an ornament on the tree.

December 3rd,
A great day celebrating our cousin's Payton 4th birthday. It was so great to see family from out of town, my cousin Chris and his wife Danielle and there sweet little one year old son Jaxson. We had a wonderful Saturday.

December 8th,
Erik's 36th birthday. We had a great time celebrating at Primos with our friends Lancce and Brennan.

December 16,
Hagen's class Christmas party.. Yes I forgot my camera in the hurrying of running in the school in the rain, and my brand new camera card I had just bought for it. There were so many parents their and Erik even got to come. What a fun afternoon in Mrs. Busby's kindergarden class.

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Monday, January 2, 2012

An Old fashioned Christmas.

Friday, December 2nd the City of Mabank hosted An Old Fashioned Christmas on Market Street. It was a great time with the local dance studio performing the Nutcracker in front of their studio, a huge toy train city set up in city hall and all kinds of other fun activities. In the library Mrs. Claus was reading stories and out front Santa was posing for pictures. There also was a hayride with caroling through town.

Harper and Daddy enjoying the festivities.

Cooper and I.

Cooper and Payton in their wagon.

Hagen enjoying the fun.

Harper smiling and waving at everyone in town.

Hagen and Coy and Grant Mcmanus.

What a funt night for everyone!

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The Perfect Tree.

I am sooo excited about this post! This year Erik and I, decided to put out artificial tree up and purchase a real tree. I have been waiting anxiously for weeks to go on our little tree hunting adventure. The Monday after Thanksgiving, after school we headed to Canton to Yesterland Farms to pick out our Christmas Tree. Let me just say they had so many trees to choose from along with fresh garland and wreaths and were so very nice and helpful.

In the wagon about to go find the perfect Christmas tree.

Harper Kate looking for the perfect tree.

....And here it is, our perfect tree. It is huge, of course because my husband picked it out.



And even more excited.

Loading it up on the cart to get it back to the gate.

Getting the tree stand ready.

Bailing the tree. Cooper watching on.

Bailed and ready to load.

The 12 ft. tree hanging out of Erik's truck. This experience slightly resembled National Lampoon's Christmas vacation.

After stopping for a great dinner at the Dairy Palace we returned home to unload our tree.

Bringing the tree in.

Shortly after the netting of the tree got hung in my chandilier...oh my.

And here it is...

Our decorated beauty.

This was such a fun experience, I also purchased fresh garland for my mantle and staircase, and two beautiful fresh wreaths for my door. Our house smelled so good. We can not wait to make this a tradition for years to come.

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