Sunday, March 9, 2014

Our Little Lady Turned One!

A dear friend once told me that when it comes to motherhood and raising babies, "The days drag on but the years zoom by". Some of the most truthful words ever. Time does fly by but you just don't realize it because it feels like time gets stuck in the day to day routine. But then you look back and wonder where did the time go from this...
to this?
Like when did I go from holding my baby girl in crook of my arm to holding her on my hip? There was never a distinct moment. It just happened.  Instead of not wanting time to feel like it is flying by too fast, I just want to enjoy each new stage with my precious baby girl. Like her very first birthday!
We knew all along that we wanted to do a "bug" theme because she has been our baby bug since day one. I knew I wanted a sweet party at home because I know that one day she will want a party elsewhere. So we invited some of our dearest friends and babies included to celebrate.
I went to work planning and trying to make her day special. I was teacher by day and Martha Stewart wannabe by night. We had tulle, tissue paper and ribbon all over our house.

 But we did it and had everything to go in the knick of time. Everything was as perfect as it was going to get and....then my little "perfect" bubble popped...(God does this often to keep me humble and focused on the most important things:) Our birthday girl woke up on her birthday morning with fever and sick as could be and the weather turned freezing and rainy which meant that our guests would be stacked like sardines in our tiny house. But you know still was perfect, in the most important ways. Not because of the Pintrest banners, party favors or whatever else our culture has told us we need to have for a successful party but because we were surrounded by so many loved ones, new friends and old, far and near and we were blessed with a happy and precious although sick baby girl.

We are blessed and our CollinsCatherine has given us more love and joy than we could have every imagined and she has lots of love.
All of my south favorite Louisiana girls drove to us to celebrate! 
(Yes, Kelly, you are a Louisiana girl now and I am so thankful!)
Tim and precious Ro!
My beautiful Sunshine girls and CC's Sunshine aunts!
Best friends and small group mommas raising our babies together!
Uncle James came too!
Love from her Aunt Mary Rachel and Uncle David!
Pattison teachers and future Pattison Colts!
Bebes got to come too!
Aunt Gabey and our precious babies!
It meant so much that my sister came and wouldn't miss CC's first birthday
Aunt Jess was there for her birth and birthday...what a blessing!
Matthew and CC=Best friends since day one!
All the babies minus three! 
And a fun new ride from Sunny and Paw Paw that we made the best of in cold weather:)
And the birthday cake was delicious and beautiful and I think our birthday girl loved it! She had a quick lick and then went in face first!

And we did have some really good food, too...not going to lie. It was kind of my favorite part. One of my favorite chili recipes to this day (and we even had a chili bar), a snack recipe that is like Chex Mix but a thousand times better and amazing spinach dip. I was pretty darn proud of the menu:)
Steakhouse Chili
1 tablespoon EVOO
1 pound bacon, finely chopped
2 pounds ground sirloin beef
1 large onion, finely chopped
3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
4 tablespoon chili powder
salt and pepper
1 (15oz) can tomato sauce
1/2 cup Worcestershire sauce
1/4 cup dark brown sugar
2 tablespoon hot pepper sauce
2 cups beef stock
Garnish: Sour cream, shredded cheese and parsley

In a large pot,heat the EVOO over medium high heat. Add the bacon and cook for about 2 minutes. Add the beef and cook, stirring, until browned, 8 to 10 minutes. Add the onion and cook until softened, about 5 minutes. Add the garlic and chili powder, a little salt and lots of pepper.

In a bowl, stir together the tomato sauce, Worcestershire sauce, brown sugar and hot sauce. Stir in the the chili powder. Stir in the beef stock and bring to a boil, then lower the heat and cook until thickened, 6 to 7 minutes. 
Spinach Dip
1 (16oz) carton sour cream
1 cup mayonnaise
1 package Knorr vegetable soup mix
green onions (optional)
2 pkgs chopped frozen spinach

Mix sour cream, mayo and vegetable soup mix and chill. Thaw and drain spinach well. Mix other ingredients and serve. 
Nuts and Bolts

1 pound butter (seriously, but worth it!)
10 drops hot sauce or to taste
12 oz. Rice Chex
13-20 oz nuts
12 oz. pretzels
salt, pepper, onion and garlic powder
5 oz. Worchestershire sauce
12 oz. Wheat Chex

Melt butter, add seasonings and mix well. Blend dry ingredients. Pour butter mixture over cereal and mix. Put in large baking pan and bake at 200 degrees for 2 to 2 1/2 hours. Stir every 20 minutes. Stinking amazing!

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