^^ I never went to sleep before midnight the whole week before Zoe's birthday party. Making every tiny decoration like these cut out flamingo bodies for her donuts. Or that floral wall backdrop. It was all so much fun, but this may be Zoe's one and only birthday party, ha! ^^

 ^^ This picture makes me SO happy every time I look at it. Two of my favorite people. My best friend since the 3rd grade surprised me and flew in from North Dakota! The second I saw her I fell to the floor crying! I've missed her so much since she's moved away! Thanks for making Zoe's birthday that much more special Kimberly! ^^

^^ My girl Jordan, her little man Milo, and hubby Devin (who is dubbed JT because he looks just like Justin Timberlake). I LOVE this girl and was so excited when she showed up to the party! She cracks me up every time I see her, and loves to call my hubby "Coach" because of his name, Eric Taylor. She's the cutest! ^^
 ^^ Stella, Hailey, Luke, and Zoe! It's a miracle we even got a few babies lined up long enough to snap this picture! ^^
 ^^ This picture is just the cutest! My other BF Gavi flew in from Los Angeles to wish her a happy birthday!! ^^

^^ The little cut out I made for the boys of the party, so they wouldn't feel like they were being taken over by everything girly. Too bad it ended up being only the girls using it! ^^

^^ I can't believe I forgot to get a picture of this amazing cake my mom made for Zoe's party! Who wouldn't want frosted animal cookies on a birthday cake. YUM! So enjoy this half eaten cake a day later! ^^

^^ Zoe's birthday invites! I loved this little flamingo theme to go along with her costume. ^^
 ^^ Those open mouth kisses are just the best. Although Zoe didn't like the taste of my nose make-up so much, ha! ^^
 ^^ Zoe and Milo. Prom King and Queen, class of 2034! ^^

^^ When Zoe was born everyone would always comment on her furrowed brow expression. What better than having a "pin the furrowed brow on Zoe" game at her party! I don't think I'll ever take this down. It's just too funny!! ^^
 ^^ Baby Stella and her pretty parents! Shouldn't she be a baby model?! She's too cute for words! And SO independent! I can't believe all the things she can do at just 13 1/2 months! ^^

^^ Having friends with babies around the same age is so much fun! And Zoe loves watching these two littles, baby Hailey and baby Luke! Hopefully she starts learning from them and takes her first steps soon. Also, can we please note in the picture above little Luke's nose picking skills, ha boys! Love him!! ^^ 

^^ Zoe is all about the sharing. After "she" blew out her candle she reached in and wanted to feed me. She's going to be such a good big sister some day! ^^

Hey everyone! I'm writing this just after watching the longest football game of allll time. Gotta love the Seahawks! To anyone who watched that Seahawks vs. Cardinals game and the millions of missed field goals, was anyone else thinking of the movie Ace Ventura?? "Laces Out!" 😂😂😂

Now back to happy thoughts. We had Zoe's first birthday party over the weekend and it was so much fun! All that planning and prepping. Hours of staying of late, cutting, gluing, "pinteresting", baking. It all came together. Big shout out to all of our friends who made the drive out to celebrate Zoe and her big day! Thanks to my pretty mama with helping me with the desserts. And even bigger shout out to my two best friends who flew in from LA and North Dakota. You ladies know who you are, and I love you!!! It was so much fun seeing all of the babies in their little costumes for Zoe's whimsical costume party. Who can pass up babies and costumes, am I right?

I sure love my little family! Can't wait to see what the next year brings us!

Until next time!


If there was ever a doubt that this girl was mine, this is all the proof you need. Diving head first into cake. That's my girl!! Happy birthday baby Zo! Mommy and Daddy love you oh so much! Although it makes me sad to know you are getting older, I couldn't be more excited to see what fun little stages come next!

Twelve fun facts about Zoe on her twelfth month
1. She hates when I wash the dishes. As soon as the sink turns on she crawls as fast as her little body lets her and cries as she climbs up my legs. I think she doesn't like the fact that when I'm doing the dishes I can't hold her at any given moment. Silly girl. 
2. She loves being chased! She falls flat on her stomach and does the biggest giggles and squirms when she knows you are close. It's one of my favorite things to play with her.
3. Zoe can inhale whatever strawberries, grapes and apples you give her. She also is obsessed with my grandpa's famous applesauce that he makes from his own garden. The applesauce is made from transparent apples which can have a pretty tart taste. If you didn't grow up eating them you may not like them. That's why I was so happy to see Zoe go to town.
4. She only loves to give her daddy kisses. And by kisses, I mean open mouth licking. She really goes for it, ha!
5. She's starting to learn how to dance. I love watching those little "drop it like it's hot" moves.
6. She's back to taking two naps a day and sleeping 12 hours through the night. Can I get an amen!?
7. Her favorite book is "Global Babies". She'll pick it up and cry until you start reading it to her. She LOVES to look at babies. And she's starting to really love interacting with babies too. It's so cute to watch her.
8. She is the most talkative baby I have every met. All day long she is making all sorts of sounds. I can't wait to hear what she's going to sound like when she really starts talking!! That cute little high pitched toddler voice!
9. She's great at walking with her walker or holding onto your hands but she has no desire to take those few steps on her own just yet. Any day now!!
10. Just call her a little daredevil. She thinks it's so funny to go down the stairs head first or jump off the couch and fall into my arms. Whatever she's not supposed to do, she does anyway. Babies, am I right? 😜
11. Car trips just aren't complete without singing "Wheels on the Bus", the "Friends" theme song, and "5,000 Candles in The Wind" (Parks & Rec anyone?!). Those are on constant repeat and always do the trick to calm her!
12. The only way she'll drink water is if it's from your own cup. She's such a big girl! 

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