{The Perfect Mother}

As I was browsing the card section at the store last week, I noticed I was standing there for what felt like forever. Others came through, skimmed the cards, chose one, and then went along their way. They came and they went, and I remained. I stood there....Reading every, single Mother's Day card, and then I went back through and read them once or twice more. Not one of them said exactly what I wanted to say to my mother...My mama. I couldn't find the perfect card, and it got me thinking so much this week about my amazing Mama...How do you find the most perfect card for the most perfect mom? Some people think there's no such thing as perfect, but my mom is just that...She's perfect in every single way!!

I didn't think it was possible to get any closer to my mama than I already am, but it is. I feel closer to her now more than ever, and she means the absolute world to me! Her voice, her presence, and her support immediately put me at ease, and my days aren't complete until I hear her voice on the other end of the phone. No matter how tired she is after her long days at work, she listens. She listens to my every word, she gives me a safe place to land, and she always makes me feel so special.  She's my everything, and I see her in a brand new, beautiful and bright light since I've had kids of my own.

I have never appreciated my mama more than I do since becoming a mother of two. You see, now I know the sacrifices she made, the sleepless nights she had, the worries that weighed heavy on her heart, the diapers she changed, the meals she cooked, the tears she wiped away, the sickness she cared for, the dishes she scrubbed, the laundry she washed, the clothes she folded, the houses she kept clean, the school projects she helped with, the groceries she bought, the noses she blew, the baths she gave, the food she shared, the cold coffee she drank, the meals she missed, the shoes she tied, the birthday cakes she baked and decorated, the parties she planned, the booboos she kissed, the carpools she drove, the unbelievably busy days she had, the lives she touched, and the two hearts she made so happy.

Now, when I look at my Mama, I see her through the eyes of a mother, and I see the most amazing woman who was and is the absolute PERFECT Mama to my sister and me. What's even more special is that she is now the most wonderful Yia Yia to her 4 (soon-to-be 5) grandchildren.
So this day is for you, Mama…On this day, I want to thank you…I want to thank you from the very bottom of my heart for all that you were and all that you are to me…

You're the voice on the other end of the phone that I love to hear everyday.
You're the sunshine in my life when I've had a hard day.
You're the shoulder that I cry on when I'm feeling blue.
You're the helping hand that's extended to me anytime I need it.
You're my comfort when I have doubts throughout my motherhood journey.
You're the teacher guiding me every day.

And above all else...
You're the perfect mother in each and every way.

I love you so much, Mama, and I appreciate you now more than you will ever know!  You're my best friend, and I hope I can be half the mother to my babies that you have been to us!! Happy Mother's Day!!




{Minnie Mouse 2nd Birthday Party}

My sweet baby girl turned two on January 28th, and I found myself overcome with all sorts of emotions. I remember her birthday like it was yesterday, and every single second of that day is as fresh on my mind as if I'm living it all over again. It was the most perfect day, for it is the day that God gave me the most precious gift I had ever received. Each day with my Kate gets sweeter and sweeter, and watching her grow and learn might possibly be the most incredible feeling! The joy I feel when I see her smile is like no other, and I knew I wanted to do something very special for my little angel for her 2nd birthday.

I always wondered what would pique Kate's interest as she got older, and I'm so happy that she has fallen in love with Mickey and Minnie Mouse.  She gets sooooo excited when she sees Minnie, and I immediately knew that I wanted her favorite Disney character to set the tone for this year's theme.

I had so much fun planning my girl's Minnie party, and I'm so happy that she loves such a classic Disney character.  From the start of the party planning process, I had my mind mostly made up about the look I was going for and I knew I wanted to stick with the red, black, yellow, and white color scheme.

Her party weekend was so wonderful, and it couldn't have started in a more perfect way…My parents came into town the night before, and in keeping with tradition, we made Kate's birthday cake together…Just as we had done the year before, and just as my parents did for all of my and my sister's birthdays. Here's a picture of her special cake…Made with love by Mommy, Yia Yia, and Papou:
Since Kate was Minnie for Halloween, I used a picture of her in her costume on the birthday invitation.  You can find the costume here:
I have used piñatas on the front door for past parties, so I ordered a special one to greet guests as they arrived.  You can find this piñata here:
I have fallen in love with the Dreamlike Magic Etsy shop, and her work is always adorable!!  Check out some of the fabulous designs for Kate's party:

The cookies we served at the party were absolute perfection!! Thank you to The Royal Cookie Company for the beautiful and delicious treats! The Royal Cookie Company is currently on maternity leave after the birth of her sweet baby girl...In the meantime, you can check out her amazing designs on her Instagram page.

As far as the food and drinks go, here are some of the treats I served:

Oh Toodles Noodles
Hot Diggity Dogs
Pluto's PB & J
Minnie's Munchies
Minnie Bow Bites
Mickey's CLUBhouse Sandwiches
Donald's Dunkers
Pete's Pretzels
Clarabelle's Cheese Puffs
Strawberry Le-Minnie-Aid
Daisy's Garden Veggies
Clubhouse Cake

You can find these cute Disney cheeses at Wal-Mart:
I love putting pictures up in the shape of their age. :)

Kate's party outfit was this precious smocked Minnie bubble that we got at the fabulous Hannah B's Children's Boutique. You can find it here.

It was such a perfect day with family and friends, and fun was had by all!! Most importantly, my sweet Kate had a blast!!