Today marks the HALFWAY point of my summer.  (Sorry to depress you, teacher friends.)  What the heck?!?!?!?  How on Earth is summer already HALF over??  We've been having a TON of fun during my first 5 weeks off - going for walks, going to the pool, going to the Farmer's Market, meeting friends for coffee, meeting friends for lunch, and much more!  But there's even more in store for the second five weeks - birthday parties, 4th of July, Ozark trip with my family, Florida, Ozark trip with friends, whew!  I cannot wait!

Only 8 days remain until the big first birthday!  I'll be honest - the planning took a backseat for awhile while we stayed busy with all of the above.  But now, it's in full force!  The peanuts and cracker jacks have been purchased.  Banners are being made.  Yesterday, I baked a smash cake.  Today, I'm going to attempt frosting it.  If it turns out nicely, I'm going to use it for Brantley's first birthday photo session tomorrow!  If not, I have a week's worth of practice ahead of me.  Here's a sneak peak at the decor!  (Ignore my crafting supplies.) 

The smash cake, undecorated (soon to be a baseball)

The hubs has made several requests to keep this party on a budget.  I'm doing my best, honey!  Promise.  I'm just not one to half-ass a party.  It's not in my blood.  But...like always, I'm DIYing most of it.  Which helps.

I will admit.  I got emotional last night.  At Walmart.  After I made many of the above purchases.  Not because I'm sad that my baby is turning 1.  But because of how far we've come in just one short year*.  The pregnancy scare, the NICU, ugh, what an emotional roller coaster that was.  But the rest has been smooth sailing, and I am so, SO thankful for a happy and healthy toddler!

Anyway, how about a video of the almost-1-year-old?  It's my first Instagram video, so it's only fitting that it goes on the blog! :)

*Speaking of, it was a year ago tomorrow we found out we were being induced.  Time really does fly!

Happy Friday everyone!

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