Lincoln’s Second Thanksgiving

We had a wonderful Thanksgiving yesterday and it’s amazing how much has changed in our life since last year. Last Thanksgiving we were sleep deprived new parents and this year we have a walking, babbling little man. I am so thankful for our healthy, happy little guy. I am also thankful for my wonderful husband and the best father to Lincoln. We have the best little family and I don’t know what I would do without them.
Lincoln had a great time at Mike’s cousin’s house for Thanksgiving. He ran all over the house and loved playing with his cousins. He also loved the meal and gobbled up some turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, brussel sprouts and finished it off with a chocolate brownie. He is the best eater and he really put away all the yummy food.
We are spending lots of time with our family this weekend and enjoying a few days off from work. The Christmas tree is already up and we are ready for the next holiday!

Lincoln’s One Year Birthday Party

Lincoln's one year birthday party a week ago was a big success. Mike and I started planning months in advance. Since we were inviting a big group of people we decided to rent a room at our local rec center. I'm so glad we ended up going with that option and the room really exceeded our expectations.
I had lofty ideas for a theme but we ended up going to Party City and buying the decorations that had the most options so our theme became "one year old boy." We also got balloons from the local grocery store and tied bags of gummy worms as anchors. 
We went with an easy option of ordering pizza and chicken for lunch and a couple of family members were kind enough to bring fruit, salad and pasta salad. My one big crafty item was cupcakes with Lincoln head toppers. They weren't hard to make in the end but I researched them for way too long. I originally thought of buying toppers but the prices were a bit high. It was really hard for me to find a tutorial for what I wanted so I read around 10-15 different options and finally just figured it out on my own. Stay tuned and I will share how I made them. I even figured out how to pipe frosting with a tip. There are actually a ton of tutorials for that so it really helped. Once I got the hang of a couple it was easier than I thought.
Lincoln had a blast at the party and loved the food. He was really good with all the different people there. He had one cranky moment when he was ready to eat lunch but otherwise he did super well. He was a big fan of the new push jeep he got so we pulled it out to play with right away.
I think the highlight for everyone was watching him eat his smash cake. He was a chocolaty mess but he loved it. I made him a simple chocolate cake by using some of the batter from the cupcakes and cooking it in a small casserole dish. Then I slathered the whole thing in chocolate frosting. He probably would have ate more than I let him but he wanted to throw it on the floor and I didn't have Abby to help me with the mess so I had to cut it off :)
lincoln cake
The whole day went so well and I'm glad we spent the time to give our boy a special party. It's still crazy how quickly the year has gone and how much he has grown up. He is such a little man now and I love watching him continue to grow and learn new things all the time. 
His hungry face :)

Lincoln is One!

It’s here! Lincoln’s birthday! Our guy is one and what a year it’s been. This time last year I was hadn’t slept in over 24 hours and I had a tiny (or not so tiny, he was 10 lbs 1 oz) baby in my arms and I had no idea what I was doing. Now it’s a year later and I (kinda) have this mom thing figured out and I have the cutest, sweetest, most fun boy in the world. Ok I may be a bit biased but I feel so lucky to have the perfect little guy. This year has not been easy at times but it’s been so awesome watching Lincoln develop from a tiny newborn that slept all day into the non stop moving little man that he is today.
Lincoln started taking a few unassisted steps on his own a couple of weeks ago and now he is almost full time walking. He gets better at it every day. It’s still so funny to see him wandering around on his own. His little walk is so cute. He has gotten good at turning around mid walk, avoiding obstacles and getting right back up when he falls down. He still crawls a little but the past couple of days he seems to prefer to be upright.
We started him on regular milk this past week and he has been doing pretty good on it. He seems to like the taste but I guess I shouldn’t be that surprised since he likes pretty much anything we give him. He eats like a champ and sometimes I am surprised at how much he can put away. There isn’t much he doesn’t like but some of his favorites are eggs, chicken, broccoli, cheese and potatoes.
Lincoln’s one year party is tomorrow so we have been in full party planning mode. More details and lots of pictures to come. I’ll keep this post short and sweet while I get back to baking cupcakes.
Here’s a look back over the past year. I can’t even believe how tiny he was and how different he looks now!
Lincoln 1 year

What I Wore- Warm It Up With A Scarf

Cardigan- Target, Skirt- Limited via ThredUP, Scarf- Kohl’s, Shoes- Target

Here's an outfit I wore a couple of weeks ago when the weather was rather mild. Super cold weather is in the forecast so I don't see myself wearing too many three quarter length sleeves in the future. I wanted to get another wear out of this three quarter length cardigan so I added a scarf to the mix. I've been adding lots of scarfs lately and that will continue through the spring. This was the closest colored cardigan I had to a maroon/burgundy color but I've since added this gem from JC Penney that I bought with a coupon for a steal. 
It's one of the few things I've bought lately. I'm kind of bored with my closet but not sure what I really need to spruce it up and reluctant to spend money on anything that isn't going to fill a hole in my closet. I also can't seem to find the time to take outfit pictures lately anyway and maybe that's why I'm losing interest in my closet too. I would love to do a remix post but taking pictures seems to allude me these days since Lincoln is way more interesting than taking selfies of my outfits. Plus he's not much of an assistant since he is obsessed with my tripod and must touch it the second he sees it.
I haven't had much time for blogging or really much to say lately unless it's talking about my boy and all the adorable things he's been doing. I finally finished a hat for Lincoln that took waaaay too long because I couldn't figure out how to complete it. Now that it's done I will eventually get around to sharing it. I have a list of a million and one things I want to make so maybe I can actually get motivated to work on them. But first we have a one year birthday coming up and I am consumed with planning it. Expect to hear lots more about it coming soon!