Friday, December 18, 2009

Our baby girl is 1

This last Tuesday, we celebrated little Jayne's 1st b-day. Just a small party with our family and my parents, but I still wanted to do a little decorating.

This fun garland my sis-in-law let me borrow. She made it out of coffee filters! Love it.

Here are closeups of the month-by-month frame if you want.

I decided we needed a happy birthday sign for our family, so I looked through my files and found the template for these light covers and punched out happy birthday. It took some doing, but I am so excited to have it now.


I thought it was high time Jayne had a doll, so that's what she got. I made the rag doll when she was born, but it has been sitting on a shelf in her room, so I let it down for a little while so it could introduce the new doll to the family.
This little doll may look old and ragged, but that's why I think she is all the more charming. Being the sentimental fool that I am, I wanted to give Jayne my favorite doll that I grew up with. I was never into dolls all that much as a child (being somewhat of a tom-boy you see), but this one always had a special place in my heart and I think she was the first one I ever received. I hope Jayne loves her as much as I did...she seems to already.
Gertrude and Ruthie, together at last. Gertrude because when I was little, I felt horribly bad that I didn't have a middle name, so my brother Nate gave me one...Gertrude. For a while I would introduce myself as Elise Gertrude Wilding. And as for Ruthie, I just thought it fit. Jayne can rename them later if she wants.
We bundled her up in a little doll blanket my mom made (when I was little), her original little nightgown and some other dresses I had. This one in particular is special because not only is it adorable and sweet, but it was a doll dress my mom had when she was a little girl. (I told you I was a sentimental fool) :)

On to the cake! Jayne didn't quite know what to do. She went from "Seriously Grandma, quit holding out on me!"
to, "What is that thing?"
to, "Hmm, not bad"
to, "I'm goin' in!"

Want some? (Trust me, you do!! We all went nuts over them! Go here for the recipe. Warning, if you are opposed to butter, not the cupcakes for you. Also, I only added 1 stick of butter and 1 8 oz. cream cheese to the frosting and added sugar as needed. I also ommited the almond extract from the frosting because I thought the cupcakes had plenty.)

And ever the model of a proper lady, she made sure that when she was done, she wiped...
...and cleaned her hands

Happy Birthday!


Jenn said...

Happy Birthday cute baby Jayne! I LOVE the rag doll, Elise! So glad I found your blog!

Blair and Lyndsay said...

Oh my gosh! Jayne is so stinkin cute! All the pics are great Lou!

Stephanie said...

Wow, she's already one! Happy Birthday Jayne!

Frazier said...

Happy late B-day Janey! Could you be any cuter? Love y'all!
D,J,K,M, and T. The fab five....

Dallin said...

First off how cute is Jayne!!! Love all the pixs and the dolls, because I also am a sentimental fool. Do you still have the patern for the rag doll. I love it and would love to make one for Lauren and baby girl Thompson as presents to give each other when baby girl enters this world. Once again Jayne could not be any cuter and how is it that a year has already gone by. Happy birthday!!

Kem said...

Hee Hee, the above comment is not from Dallin but me Kem his mom and Kem his mom did not realise that I was loged in with his account. Lets not let him know because he would be horrified that his name was linked to such a girly, whimpy and gushy comment.

Spenny and Nellie Morris said...

Is it really possible that she's a year old already?! Crazy! I love the deco and the cupcakes look delicious. You're so talented and such a creative genius Elise! I would say Shane, but I know that stuff must come from Elise. :)

Thedailydansie said...

She is such a doll. You are so talented Elise. Everything you did for her party was way cute. I love it!

Our Little Corner said...

First of all, I don't have a middle name either. The one I bestowed upon myself is Penelope. That's more info than you needed. :)
Secondly, you are so creative. I love the lights. The garland is cute too, even if you didn't make it. It kind of looks like those flowers they make for dia los muertos, but not as colorful.
Lastly, I told you that you were taking a risk not having her on the 18th. Baby girls who are born on the 18th are guarnteed to be very darling. However, you got such a cutie that it seems like hardly a risk at all. Happy Birthday little Jayne!

Ashlee said...

She is such a doll!! Happy Birthday Jayne! Hope you guys had a good Christmas

Seth and Peggy said...

Happy Birthday! She is a cutie for sure. You have an excellent camera. What kind is it?

TeamTyson said...

She is beautiful! I can't believe she is already one! That went faster than our 4 months in relief society =)

Heather Williams said...

Lou, you amaze me! Your not only a sweet mother but such a fun creator too! I can tell you put a lot of love and effort into your adorable baby girls big day. SHe's lucky to have you.

p.s. i hope you don't mind if i add you to my blog list.


Kati said...

She is so cute!! I love the pictures. Happy Birthday Jayne. I am sentimental too. Abbi has all my teddy bears and my blankie. I don't think I have anything left to give Kaylee.

Karen said...

Your pictures are beautiful! She is such a pretty little girl!

Melissa said...

Happy birthday little Jayne! She is beautiful! And Elise your decorations are awesome, I totally want to steal that template you used for the big Happy Birthday garland. Soooo cute.

Jen said...

Such cute posts...I really love the nacho pics!

Ang said...

She is WAY so cute! Love your birthday lights and that doll dress is to die for. You're not a fool for being sentimental b/c I'm the same way. She'll thank you one day for the privilege of having something that was once and still is special to you!


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