Monday, December 3, 2012


We were late getting our pumpkin this year, I kept hoping for free time on a Saturday so we could go as a family, alas Tinley and I went to a pumpkin patch when it was FREEZING to find the perfect pumpkin one day in the middle of the week. ASH_6025 ASH_6061 ASH_6058 The pumpkin had to meet a lot of being the "height and stability while leaning on it test" ASH_6039
 another being the taste test... :/ ASH_6027 ASH_6063 I made a little (I used a small headband but it was still too big for our little peanut) tutu so Tinley could be a bee for halloween. Carleton would be the farmer, I'd be his hunny, and she was the bee...cute right? Well, it got FREEZING so it didn't work out. We partially (as in not really at all) dressed up for trunk-or-treating the Friday night before Halloween, but come the night of the real deal, we wore what we'd been wearing all day, lame, I know. But Tinley's cuteness makes up for her parents lameness. Practicing giving out candy, this was her favorite part. When people would give her candy she'd dig back in to find it and give it back. Halloween As I said, I was totally planning on the Tinster being a bee, so when it was cold I last minute pulled out a costume I inherited from my sister. Tinley has some giraffe stuffed animals so I thought it'd be I was unzipping it to put it on her I realized it was size 0-3 months...hence the flood pants going on, sorry kid! 

Where's Waldo Tinley? ASH_6138 Trunk-or-Treat and leaving the house on Halloween Halloween4 While Trunk-or-Treating we had to go play/walk in the grass between every car AT LEAST once before going to the next car...needless to say we barely got around once. ASH_5585 ASH_5605 Fresh home from work Halloween2 ASH_6166 We LOVE our neighbors! Here is Debbie excited to see our little 'raffe:) Halloween3 On to the next house Halloween1 ASH_6194 ASH_6196 Meeting neighbors ASH_6221 Our pumpkins:) ASH_6248 ASH_6246 ASH_6124 Oh my gosh that little butt shaking and tail wagging, I CANNOT get enough of it.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Our little pumpkin's party

We had a pumpkin theme party for Tinley's first birthday.  After much planning, stressing, shopping, crafting, cleaning, and time in the kitchen, we had what I'd like to call a successful first birthday party!  Whew!
Tinley's 1 year birthday party invitationw

Poor Tinley had started cutting two molars, side by side, the day before her birthday, then come the morning of her birthday had 101.1 temperature, blood taken, and 5 shots. Talk about a nice welcome to the big 1.  I'm pretty sure she thinks being one is NOT fun. 

She was sleeping when her guests started arriving, but ended up being in a really pleasant mood the whole time (thank goodness).  She hadn't had much of an appetite since Wednesday, and Saturday was no exception.  She was not thrilled about the cake, it took quite some time for us to get her to not turn her face away from it and lock her mouth shut.  Eventually she got into it and gave us all what we wanted.
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Tinley had been practicing blowing, and the moment of truth was just around the corner....when Dylan came up and blew out the candle for her.  I told his mom, it's a good thing he's cute!  Maybe you'll get your chance next year, Tinley, you have a whole year to practice;) 

At first she was much more interested in feeding others.

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In case anyone is trying to get tips for hosting a pumpkin party, I searched hi and low without much luck, so let me make it WAYYYY easier for you!  Here are some helpful links and ideas all in one place.  For food we had cheese balls, a couple different types of gummy pumpkins, peanut butter pumpkins, pumpkin dip, a pumpkin-shaped cheese ball, pumpkin cheesecake, pumpkin bars, sugar cookies in the shape of a pumpkin with orange frosting for people to decorate themselves, pumpkin chocolate chip muffins, oreo truffles dipped in orange candy melts with a pretzel in the top to look like pumpkins (also makes dipping easier, and for those who are looking at the recipe- I don't set aside any oreos, I use all of them with the cream cheese).  We also had two types of chili and cornbread since it was around lunchtime and we had some gluten/dairy free guests who we wanted to make sure had something to eat. 

We didn't do many decorations other than fall things and pumpkins around the house, a couple orange balloons and a sign, I found the letters here, and my mom and sister so graciously made it and put it up for me, thank you!

I hope that helps get your creative juices flowing!

*Special thank you to Susannah for creating Tinley's onesie and to Becca, Kathryn, Mom, Jes, Lana and Nori for helping make delicious food and helping with decorations/setting up for her party!

Tinley | 1 year!!!!!


At 12 months, Tinley: 

measures 29 inches long (with her shoulders scrunched up up to her head) 50th percentile
weighs 19.9 lbs 26th percentile

Has at least two molars barely cut through, possibly feels like she has two on top but we can't see them.  She has 10+ teeth.
As soon as she wakes up (and sometimes before she even goes to sleep) she likes to go to the corner of her bed closest to the door and bounce around, or sometimes she makes laps around her crib, meanwhile I'm listening to her giggle or talk (extremely loud) over the monitor.  I can hear her bouncing as  I type.
Finally started crawling, uses her right knee and left foot, her left knee never touches the ground.
Mimics a lot.  Really good at saying birthday party, purple, hi/hey T, hi, bye, cracker, boo, i did it!, weeee (while swinging or spinning), and amen after...or near the end of prayers.
Plays peek-a-boo...covers her yes then moves them and says BOO!