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Ella’s Third Birthday Party

February 8

This past month Ella turned three! I don’t know where time has gone, she’s growing up too fast. Ella is all girl and wants to wear dresses every day, but she loves bugs. Not just butterflies; but crickets, beetles, roly-polies and just about anything with eight legs. We decided to throw her a girly bug party full of paper flowers, dragonflies, flower balloons and even a bug hunt!
The invitation was a fun mix of googly eyed bugs, teeny tiny text and a homemade magnifying glass so the guests could actually read the information.
paper flowers, third birthday, butterflies
cake banners, butterfly and ladybug cakes
I decorated the cakes with paper banners, coiled moss, paper flowers and bugs. The chocolate and vanilla cakes were from VG Bakery in Cardiff, and they were amazing!
dragonflies, paper flowers
My amazing sister Ashley helped me with the designs and decorations! She made the gorgeous giant paper flowers for the wall and mantle, drew the bugs for the invite and was an expert with the wheatgrass!
grass, bugs, party decor
straw flags, paper cups, food
favor boxes, table decor
We made bug house favor boxes; ladybugs for the girls, ants for the boys. They were filled with bubbles, magnifying glasses, more bugs and candy! I would have loved to send home a little pet with each  child, but I don’t think the parents would have appreciated that!
butterflies, paper flowers
pin the stinger on the bee
The kids had a blast hunting for bugs in the yard, playing pin the stinger on the bee, and bashing into the butterfly piñata!
flower balloons
butterfly piñata
Thank you, thank you, thank you to all who helped me and indulged my crazy ideas for the party. My sister, my husband, my parents all had a big part in the decor, the food, the cleanup and the celebration! And thank you to Miss Suzanne Hansen from Shewanders Photography for snapping some pics!

Happy New Year!

January 17

Courtney, Ella and Dave Scowby

I know I am late! Late to say Happy New Year! Actually really late to even say Merry Christmas. I somehow managed to step away from work a little bit and spend some long overdue time with lots of friends and family during the holidays. Believe me there was still work. Lots of meetings with potential 2012 clients, wrapping up all the loose ends for the year and making plans for all the big things ahead. Every year I struggle with resolutions. I can never narrow it down. I dream big when it comes to change…..sometimes it seems too big. I learned last year that dreams can never be too big. You just have to break them down….baby steps! So I’ve been baby stepping my way into the New Year focusing on finding balance in the way life all comes together. I have a lot of fun projects to share in the next few weeks – Ella turned 3 (I can’t believe it!) and planning her birthday party every year is so much fun. This year was all about bugs! This family photo was taken by the AMAZING Natalie Norton (follow her blog, it will change your life). All in all 2011 was a year of growth, discovery and new found friends…..2012 will be a year of big dreams, family, friendships, and focusing on putting in place all the things I have learned that are necessary to living the life I have imagined. The biggest lesson of all….Slow down! Take it all in! And then jump! (or dance….that is always good for the soul).