J-5 Rogers Family


Jilian Cate's First Birthday

Our little lady turned the big O-N-E on January 20th, and we celebrated yesterday. Such a treat to spend time with family & friends. Thank you, Lord, for allowing us to celebrate like this...

(Missing from pictures, but in attendance: Aba, Aunt Pam, The Williams Family, Mrs. Hickman, and Stacia)

It was a chilly 32º in North Texas, but that didn't stop the kiddos from going outside to play in the bounce house.

They all came inside with bright red cheeks and noses, but at least they had fun.

I always buy food or cater any kind of celebration at my house, but for the sake of money saving, I cooked. (Darn economy!)
There were 25 adults and 14 children on the list of attendees, so you can imagine how much food I cooked. Because in my eyes, that RSVP really read: 455 adults, and 240 children. (If you don't know me, I cannot stand thinking that I won't have enough!)
I made 3 shrimp casseroles, and 2 lasagnas. Then I had salad and garlic bread.
Oh -and the pièce de résistance...the birthday cake. It was 3 tiers - marble, chocolate, and white. I know, I know, quite the cake for a one year old. What can I say? If I'm gonna do something, I'm gonna do it right!

THIS is the lady that made her delicious cake(s).

Sassy really enjoyed singing, and then smashing her cake. Can you tell?

The following picture made me chuckle. I know she is thinking: WHAT? What am I doing?
(We'll work on crossing the 'ole legs soon.)

We were SO thankful for all of the gifts she got. She got SO many new outfits...most of them from Children's Place - my FAVORITE little "non-Etsy" store. Then we got some gift cards which Sassy will learn to LOVE one day...if she's anything like her momma.

We also got a couple of toys, and a new big girl car seat. YAY! No more putting her in the carrier. She is right at 20 pounds, so it was perfect timing. (Yes, she is my petite little thing. She really & truly is the most feminine/dainty little girl that you will ever meet.) Thank you to Jilian's Godparent's for her new car seat!

I got a little lot of grief about her outfit. I'm pretty sure everyone loved it because I got a million compliments, but my closest friends gave me grief about the fact that I had her whole outfit - from head-to-toe - custom made. This included her shoes.

THIS lady made her dress, and THIS lady made her shoes. They were both so easy to work with, (they may not say the same thing about me!) and I can't thank them enough for their patience, and awesomeness!!!

All in all, it turned out to be quite the party. A few people stayed behind to help clean-up - God bless them! Ameet took pictures - God bless him! Andrea came over the night before to decorate everything, (see below for cake & candy table) and put together goody bags (see below) while I cooked. I had all of the stuff bought, but she started from ground zero, and it turned into the cutest decorated party ever - God bless her, too!
(Click on the picture below to see the plates. They matched Jilian's dress perfectly, and I was SO proud of that find!)

Well, Jilian - you can't say that you aren't loved. It was a lot of work, but if we had it to do all over again, we absolutely would. We love you, Sassy...more than you will ever know.

...and we know two other little faces that love you JUST as much!

Happy FIRST Birthday to our sweet, sassy & petite, beautiful angel...


Blogger Morgan said...

so sweet!! I am so upset I missed it! Austin was a mess, and Dylan was mad, but they will both be pleasantly surprised with the goodie bags! (if momma doesn't eat all the goodies b/f she gets home from work today) I love her outfit, and made Austin's shirt last year, but think she may need a "new real outfit" this year. I may need to get Dylan one too! You know, if you do it for one, you have to do it for the other! I hope Jillian likes her present. We did books, only because you asked, and I am that mom that tells everyone books, clothes, or put into her college fund (is that wrong to ask that?) and what do you get, TOYS!! Big, noise-making, space taking up toys! But Austin LOVES books, and especially the monkeys jumping on the bed (i think because you can feel the monkeys on the page)....Happy Birthday Jillian and we are so sorry we missed it!

February 1, 2010 at 9:25 AM  

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