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Showing posts with label Clyde. Show all posts

A Birthday Letter To My Three Year Old


Dear Clyde,

Last week you turned three years old.  It's the right of every mother on her child's birthday to say, "I can't believe you're that old already!", so I'm saying it again - how have three years passed since you were born?  I still remember screaming and pushing and opening my eyes to see you held up in front of me, your little red face scrunched up in a cry.  They gave you to me and you snuggled into my chest and stopped crying.  You've been my sweet snuggler ever since.

Sometimes you'll crawl on the couch with me now.  And sometimes I might be frustrated with you because you've been crying over something, and I don't know why - but you look at me and say "Mama, I want a hug."  And in those little moments you make me slow down, and cuddle you, and treasure your sweet smallness. These days when just a hug will solve all your woes.



You are my little conversationalist, with a million questions, and a million ideas of how things work.  You are a shockingly good communicator for just turning three.  We moved you up to the middle seat in the van this year, and the moment we did, you started talking my ear off.  Now you had my attention; now I was close enough in the van to hear everything you said.  And I love it, I love having you close and hearing all your thoughts.  Your sister is asking to move up, and you are asking to move back with your brother...and though I know it will be just as much a joy to hear all of her thoughts, I'm going to miss you too, way back there in the van.



Everyday you seem to find a way to make me stop and appreciate your stage, our stage.  I can be having the worst day ever, and you'll pipe up and say "You're the best mama ever!"  "You look pretty, Mama." or "I love you so much!"  And suddenly it's impossible not to see what a precious time this is, and to be grateful for every second.  You help these years to not just pass in a blur, my sweet boy.  And I will be forever grateful to God for making you mine.

Happy Birthday, Sweet Clyde!

Love,

Mama


Two Ways My Two Year Old Makes Me A Better Mom



I was sitting on the couch, reading, when he toddled over to me.  “Mama, sit by you!” He requested.  It cracks me up how full his sentences are at not quite two years old.

I put the baby down and pulled him up next to me, his little fists dragging his blanket and snake stuffed animal up with him.  I thought he would turn around and sit down on the couch with me, but instead he stayed facing me, grinning.  Then I heard little lips smacking, and something soft tapping my arm.  I looked up from my book to find a stuffed snake “nibbling” at my arm.


Rubber Duck Birthday Party!

Last weekend my baby turned ONE year old!  We threw a little party for him on Sunday, just for close family and friends.

I'm not sure what made me decide on a rubber duck theme - it just came to my mind one day and seemed perfect.  It turned out to be a really good choice, because it is so easy to make rubber ducky-themed decorations and food!


Rubber Duck Birthday Party | Through Clouded Glass

Rubber Duck Birthday Party | Through Clouded Glass

Rubber Duck Birthday Party | Through Clouded Glass

Rubber Duck Birthday Party | Through Clouded Glass

Rubber Duck Birthday Party | Through Clouded Glass

Rubber Duck Birthday Party | Through Clouded Glass

Rubber Duck Birthday Party | Through Clouded Glass

Rubber Ducky Birthday Party | Through Clouded Glass

Rubber Ducky Birthday Party | Through Clouded Glass

Rubber Ducky Birthday Party | Through Clouded Glass

Rubber Ducky Birthday Party | Through Clouded Glass

Rubber Ducky Birthday Party | Through Clouded Glass

Rubber Ducky Birthday Party | Through Clouded Glass

Rubber Ducky Birthday Party | Through Clouded Glass

Rubber Ducky Birthday Party | Through Clouded Glass

Rubber Ducky Birthday Party | Through Clouded Glass

Rubber Ducky Birthday Party | Through Clouded Glass

Rubber Ducky Birthday Party | Through Clouded Glass

Rubber Ducky Birthday Party | Through Clouded Glass


Here are all the details:


Food

-Rubber Ducky Cake.  My sister is into cake decorating, and she made this adorable cake for Clyde's party!  I thought it turned out perfectly, and it really was the centerpiece for the theme/decorations!

-Smash cake.  Also my sister.  It was the cutest little cake!

-Pudding cups.  I just bought clear plastic cups, made six boxes of Jello pudding, and dyed them blue, then stuck a rubber duck on top.

-Cookies.  I used Pillsbury's Blue Raspberry cookie mix and frosting, which I bought at Walmart.  Then I burned an entire batch, so I made my own blue raspberry jello cookies using this recipe.

-Punch.  I mixed one bottle of Welch's Chillers Blue Raspberry drink with two bottles of lemon-lime pop.  I added a packet of blue raspberry Koolaid mix, just to intensify the color.  Then I three some rubber duckies in on top!

-Popcorn.  I used blue raspberry jello and this recipe to make the jello popcorn.

-Sandwiches.  Just tuna fish, cut with a rubber ducky cookie cutter.


Decorations

-Picture banner.  I printed out the monthly pictures of Clyde that I have been taking and hung them with baker's twine and mini clothespins.

-Rubber duck banner.  I used scrapbook paper and the rubber ducky cookie cutter as a stencil.

-Chalkboard.  Made at one of our MOPS meetings this year!  It even matched my color scheme.

-Paper fans, balloons, streamers. Bought them on Amazon - they have so many color choices!


Other Details
-Water bottles.  I used scrapbook paper and washi tape to match them to the party color scheme.

-Bow tie.  I made that bow tie for Clyde, and I also made a matching bow tie for Wyatt and hair bow for Gwen.  They turned out so cute!  There are whales on them, not ducks, but it matched the colors (and whales…water…ducks - it works right?).

-Ten Little Rubber Ducks book.  This is the book on which I based our party color scheme (royal blue, teal, yellow).  I got a copy for Clyde and had all our party guests write birthday messages inside!



I am really happy that the rubber ducky theme randomly came to mind, because it was simple and easy to pull off!   It took a little while to make the food, but that was the hardest part - the decorations came together really easily.  This was an inexpensive theme to work with, and it turned out really cute!

If you want to share, here is the pinnable image!  For more inexpensive party ideas you can check out my group Pinterest board "Great Party Ideas" (or comment if you are interested in contributing to it!).



Rubber Ducky Birthday Party | Through Clouded Glass

For more family pictures at the party, check out my photo blog (or subscribe to my newsletter - I'll send out links)!

Clyde At One Year Old! (Plus One Year Photos)

I got a treat for you today guys - in honor of Clyde's first birthday this past weekend, I thought I'd share some one year old pictures on my main blog!  I usually post all my pictures of the kids on my photo blog, but this is a special occasion.  We are going to get some professional one year old pictures taken with my friend Danae (she always does such a fantastic job), but I decided to use Clyde's birthday as an excuse to practice my own photography skills, and I like how they turned out.  So I am sharing a few of my favorites of my adorable boy - prepare yourselves for the cuteness!

You can still see the rest of the photos on my photo blog (I'll send out links in my next newsletter, so sign up if you haven't already)!




Clyde is officially one year old!

The last month has been so fun, and Clyde has changed so much.  He now crawls on his hands and knees everywhere, instead of his belly crawl, and I'm kicking myself because I don't think I ever got a video of the belly crawl.  He still pulls himself up on the furniture all the time, but no standing or walking by himself yet!




He has been talking so much more this month - he tries to copy the words we say, and he calls me all the time by saying "Ma-MA!" (emphasis on the second "ma").  His other favorite words are still "dada", "dog", "hi", and "yeah".



We started giving Clyde more table foods this month, and we introduced some of the foods you are supposed to avoid until a year, like dairy.  He loves eating "real" food!  He has started eating so much more this month.  It's so funny to watch him, because when he eats he just stuffs things in his mouth as fast as he can.  I'm just amazed at how quickly he jumped into eating table food.



He is really developing a little sense of humor, and he likes to play games with me - like peek-a-boo.  Sometimes he'll shake his head back and forth while I'm talking to him because he thinks it's funny!  When he starts laughing hard it is so cute - it's kind of like a shout-laugh, the kind that comes from your throat and that place behind your ears, if that makes sense.  It sounds just like every baby laugh sound effect you might have heard, and it's adorable!




I think one of the cutest and funnest things that he started doing this month was that he started singing.  I wasn't there the first time he did it, but Derek was, and Clyde started trying to sing along to "Jesus Loves Me" in his little baby language - but he was kind of carrying the tune!  I couldn't believe he could start singing that young, but we sing "Jesus Loves Me" every night, so it shouldn't surprise me that he figured it out.  It warms my heart to think that is the first song he ever tried to sing!




He also started giving kisses this month - he blows kisses pretty well, and the other day I picked him up and he just leaned over and kissed my shoulder (the closest part of me to him) three times!  Three little open-mouth kisses with the "mah!" sound!  It was the sweetest moment.  He is generous with his little kisses, and I love every single one!




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Baby Clyde,

My boy, you are almost not a baby anymore!  I can't believe you are one year old!  This last year has been such a blessing with you in it, Sweet Boy.  You are such a sweetheart, and you make me smile every time I see your happy little face.  It is amazing how quickly you are learning new things, and it is so fun for me to watch you learn.  It makes me look forward to this next year with you even more - all the things you will learn, like walking, talking, and singing (more).  Most of all I'm looking forward to watching you learn more about Jesus, Clyde-Boy.  My deepest wish is that you and your siblings will come to know Him too.  I am so grateful He gave you to us, that He chose me to be your mama.  I'm the luckiest lady in the world.

Love you always, Sweet Boy, and I can't wait for all the future birthdays I get to spend with you!

Love,
Mama




A Year And Two Days

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A year and two days ago, I was worried.  Your labor and birthday was the most highly anticipated of all the kids, Sweet Clyde, mainly because I was so worried your daddy wouldn't be there.  I so badly wanted us to both meet you at the same time.

You had given me a false alarm several days before, and I was so hoping that you would come over the weekend.

Thursday night I spent mostly leaning over the toilet, emptying my stomach, and I felt awful Friday morning.  I managed to keep down some water and a granola bar.  Even though I was anxiously watching for signs of labor, amidst all the nausea I almost missed the steadily increasing cramps that started at 11:00 AM.

But the instant I realized I was having contractions I forgot all about the queasiness in my stomach.  Instead there were butterflies.  I was going to meet you today!

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I met your daddy at the hospital, and we walked around, and my contractions started slowing down.  My heart dropped, and I thought maybe this wasn't the day after all.  But you were just a trickster, Sweet Boy.  Soon I knew without a doubt that this was it.

Fast-forward a few hours later, and the happy-go-lucky attitude that I had maintained throughout labor had faded into a serious anticipation. They rolled in the warmer, and I just started to cry.  Even in the midst of my pain, I knew what that warmer meant.  You were coming.  I was about to meet my son.

Your daddy thought the tears meant I was scared or hurting, but that wasn't it at all.  I was crying because I was excited!  I just couldn't wait to see your sweet face.

And before I knew it, the rush of late labor slowed down, and I peeked open my eyes, and there you were.  The doctor was holding you up underneath your arms, and your face was scrunched up in an incredibly adorable scream.

It was one of the most beautiful sights I had ever seen.  6:33 PM.  You were here.

And you were mine.

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This last year has been such a huge blessing, Clyde-Boy.  I have loved every minute of it.  I love your little snuggles.  I love your adorable smile that you are so quick to share.  I love your throaty giggle, and I can't help laughing myself every time I hear it.  I even love the times when you won't stop crying because you just want me to hold you. What a blessing you are to your daddy, your siblings, and me.

You are my sweetheart, and when I think back to the day that I was so surprised to find out that I was pregnant, I am so thankful that the Lord gave you to us.  He had a better plan than I even knew then, and I can't imagine life without you, Precious Boy.  You are a gift.

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I am so deeply thankful that you are mine.

Handmade First Birthday Invitations: DIY

You know how at baseball games, they play a song for each baseball player as they go up to bat?  The songs the players pick for themselves?  Usually they are some intense song that is supposed to say something about who the player is.

When Derek and I went to our first baseball game together, he told me that if he was a baseball player, his song would be "The Rubber Ducky Song".

You know, "Rubber Ducky, you're the one!  You make bath time, so much fun!"

He'd rather make people laugh than try to be some big, tough guy.  I kind of love that about him.
But what were we talking about?  Rubber duckies.  Somehow, when I thought of Clyde's first birthday, rubber duckies kept coming to mind.  And when I was working on Clyde's first birthday invitations, the rubber ducky song was playing through my head.

Excuse the long intro, but if you don't know Derek, or don't know the "Rubber Ducky" song, you wouldn't get these invitations.





I've made almost all of our party invitations myself, and today I wanted to share a simple little tutorial for these first birthday invitations.




Materials:

Blank notecards
Coordinating scrapbook paper (about 1 sheet per 15 invitations)
Word processing program and printer
Washi tape
Modge Podge



1. To start, I created a document with all of our party information on it.  I created mine in Photoshop Elements, so I could add the stripe border, but you could also do this in a regular word processor program.  For this invite I used the fonts Return To Sender, KG Somebody That I Used To Know, and Notera.

2. Print the party invite papers, and also a paper with the number "1" in a large font (I used Allstar font in  244 pt).

3. Cut out the number "1", and trace it onto your scrapbook paper.  Cut it out, and repeat for your number of invitations.  Cut out the party invitation information into rectangles that will fit inside your notecards.





4. Tape the information to the inside of each card with wash tape.




5. Use the Modge Podge to glue the numbers onto the outside of your cards. Cover with a thin layer of Modge Podge to seal (it will dry clear, but use matte Modge Podge so there isn't an obvious shine).





And you're done!  I have a terrible time finding party invitations that go with the themes that I pick, and if I do, they are often expensive.   I love making my own invitations because it is easy to really personalize them to my own party theme!



Ideas for making invitations that will match your theme seamlessly?

1.  Think about the colors you will be using for the party, and incorporate them into your invitations.

2.  Add wording to go with your party theme.  If you are using a specific theme, it's nice to give your guests a heads up of what to expect!

3. Add cutouts or confetti to the inside of your invitations that will match your colors or theme.  I was thinking of adding little rubber ducky cutouts to the inside of these invites, but I ran out of time.

4. Finish them off well - add a strip of washi tape, a sticker or envelope seal, or a little hand-drawing to the back of your invitations before you drop them in the mail!




Have you ever made your own party invitations?  I'd love to hear how you went about it!

Check back soon to see how Clyde's rubber ducky first birthday party turns out!

Clyde At Eleven Months

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Well, my itty bitty boy is less than a month away from being one year old!  How did this happen?


Clyde is just so much fun lately.  He has definitely been trying to communicate more, and he has tried to say several words.  His favorites are "dah" (dog), "dada", "hi", "bah" (bottle), and "mama"!  Yes, he now says "mama".  You have no idea how happy that makes me.  I do not know why, but my both my boys' first word was "dog"!  Clyde also babbles in the cutest little way right now, and I love it.


Clyde wants so badly to be able to keep up with Wyatt and Gwen - I can just see him watching them run around with longing in his eyes.  But he is well on his way!  This month he started pulling up on things, and now he pulls up to his feet!  This also leads to issues, like when he tries to pull up on an unstable chair, or when he somehow climbs out of his crib!  None of my kids have ever managed to climb out of their crib, until now.  But eleven months seems a bit early (ha!) to move him to a toddler bed, so I'm just hoping it doesn't happen again.


Clyde has been developing his sense of humor, and it is just hilarious when he really gets to laughing!  I love it.  He has also been paying games back at me, and "patty cake" was a big hit the other day.

He has officially become another blanket kid!  Wyatt and Gwen both have their favorite blankets, and now Clyde has his.  Thankfully he picked a blanket for which we have an almost duplicate, so I can wash one while he is using the other!  It is so cute how all my kids have their favorite blankets, but I am a little flabbergasted that none of them seem to be very into stuffed animals.  I was a teddy bear girl myself.

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Even though his doctor has repeatedly told me that he is in the 8% for weight, I didn't really believe it until this month.  I thought he seems to be the same size as Wyatt and Gwen were. But the child is eleven months old, and he still fits in some of his 3-6 month jeans!  I am curious to take him in for his 12 month appointment soon, so I can really compare his size with the other two at this age, because now I am not sure!

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Sleep has been so much better over the last month or so - usually he just wakes up at 4:00 AM, and then he'll go back to sleep until 7:00 or 8:00.  I can deal with that!  I actually don't mind the 4:00 feeding, because it gives us good early-morning snuggle time.

His hair is getting a bit long, but it curls around his ears, and I just can't bear to cut it!  I want to wait until after we take some one-year-old pictures, because I just love the way it curls.

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I am busy trying to figure out what to do for his first birthday party - I think I have finally picked a theme, and as you read this I am probably at Hobby Lobby picking up some supplies!  First birthdays are fun, but this whole year seemed to go by too fast.

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My Sweet Clyde,

I can't believe how big you are getting!  I can see more and more of your personality developing every day, and it is so much fun.  You are such a happy baby, and we get comments from the church nursery workers all the time about how smiley you are.  You love when people talk to you or play with you - and you are most unhappy when you think you have been left alone or ignored.  You are getting so much more playful, and the other day you leaned forward into my face with your little eyebrows raised, trying to make me laugh (and you succeeded).  I just love watching you grow, sweet boy.

Love Always,

Mama
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