Wednesday, September 21, 2016

A Sweet 16 Breakfast

Hello guys! I am here to bring to you the amazing Sweet 16 that we made for Dawna (my lil' sis) last year. That's right. I never got around to writing this post up, but don't fret- it's here now (rejoice!)
Anyways, with her 17th birthday approaching, I really can't call her little anymore. She's a good 5 inches taller than me, is way more well behaved than I ever was, and she's a great cookie baker.
To introduce this quaint breakfast party, we have to start with the host: Mother, obviously. She cooked up everything. She planned it. She gathered everything together. My other sister, Caren & I did the rest. From everything being hung from the beautiful & lovely oaks to the placemats & floral arrangements. It all came together in a lovely manner. 
My mother definitely wanted it to be 'Pinterest perfect' and it was. 
My mother borrowed a few props & whatnots to put this party together. The placemats were thrifted and I hand wrote all the placecards on our handmade paper. 

I absolutely loved working on the table. The floral arrangements came out quite nicely and I am no florist! The flowers came from the local HEB early that morning because on my trip to my parents place, I completely forgot to stop and get the flowers! Luckily they had just the right colors. Aren't they beautiful!? I always love the blush color & some good!

My mother did a phenomenal job on the cuisine. These girls had more than enough to eat a nice & healthy breakfast! 

We blessed the food and the girls got busy eating & laughing while the 'working staff' took pictures, set up some tunes, & did refills. These girls were well taken care of! 

It was time for 'cake' now, but there was no cake. Just coffee cupcakes which were delicious! We sang her happy birthday and showered her with gifts! 

It was a lovely event even if everyone was in their nightwear. And now you're asking how we'll be able to top her birthday again this year, and well....we're not sure if we can. This was a special sweet 16 and we had to celebrate her in a very very special way. 
Dawna, you are a beautiful, caring soul. I wish we could be there to celebrate with you again. We love you & wish the best for you! Always keep Him in sight & love Him with all your heart.
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Sunday, September 11, 2016

glitter + flowers on a purple cast

I think some of you may had seen that Elena had a broken arm a few months back. It happened on our swing in our back yard. Specifically, within minutes of this picture being taken:
In her princess gown, on the swing. I turned around after pushing her and minutes later, she was walking towards the house, had a frown on her face and her arm was bent the wrong way. 
My baby had a broken arm. 
My usual happy-as-can-be princess had a couple of tears streaming down her face. 
I quickly called Gary and we headed to the ER. 
After a billion questions from a billion people, we finally got her arm xrayed and bandaged. We were told to wait a few days before getting a hard cast on because of the swelling. 
The first few days she was doped up with Tylenol, constantly trying to keep the sling in place, and everything she did with her left hand, she now had to adjust. She was not a happy person, can you blame her? 
It's ok. She got better at adjusting. She remained calm & carried on -- in her heels & pigtails of course.
A few days later, we went to see the bone doctor. He was so very kind and quick. He had to re-break the bone again once the cast went on so that they could set it straight. I didn't want to "help" because I get queasy if I'm up close and personal. Soon after he set the bone, I had to come in and just hold her because her cry made my heart hurt. I hate when my kids are hurt, don't you? 
The video is right here, if you want to click on it. It'll make your heart break.
She chose purple cast tape (like Princess Sofia) and we were off on our merry way!
And next, we did the most logical thing: paint the darn thing! Glitter & flowers everywhere. 
She managed well with every day things like brother's practices, playground playing, running, etc......except riding a tricycle. That was hard. But at least she looked cute! 
After 4 weeks, the cast needed to come off. And man, that was terrifying! In the end though, we were all so glad that thing was no longer needed. She was healthy & free!
THAT video is here. It is also heartbreaking. The day after, we were able to go on our Disney vacation without a cast. Woo! 
All in all, it was quite an experience & I'm glad it's over. SO GLAD. 
She's the second little Witty to break an arm...Her daddy broke his arm twice when he was little (his shoulder as a grown man) and her Moomie broke her arm when she was 6. 
Is this a right of passage to growing up? Some say yes...It really doesn't matter. What matters is that she gets back to being her spunky little self and that we love on her as much as we can. 
And fingers crossed that this is her only broken bone.

I hope you have a great weekend! But tell me your horror stories, I want to hear them!
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