Winter ONEderland Little Girl's Pink + Gold First Birthday Party

This is my most favorite photo from our little girl's first birthday. It's blurry, but it sums up her little happy, busybody one-year-old self perfectly. Including the large bruise on her forehead. #whoops

Soooo, ten points to Michelle for the world's most irrelevant blog post. Let's write about a winter themed birthday party when it's spring and nobody wants to talk about cold weather! Right. Well, ye asked for #littleladyjune's first birthday photos, so ye shall receive. Just bookmark for next year, yeah?

Even though we did a pretty grand party with lots of friends and family for HDawg's first birthday (which was a cute turquoise and orange Chicka Chicka Boom Boom themed party), some lazy parenting stepped up this year and Lu got the grand second-child treatment with a small, low-key first birthday party. I still feel bad about Little Lady June's blue nursery and her strongly masculine infant wardrobe thanks to the fact that we thought she was a boy for almost six months (yeah... if you don't know that story, it's a good one) so I decided to give her the royal girl treatment for her first birthday. Pink. Gold. Sparkles. And with a February birthdate, we added in winter. Her very own winter ONEderland! Get it? ONE? Like "won" but... one. Because she's one. Yeah? Yeahhhh.

I had her invites designed on Etsy and then printed at our local printer. Love how these turned out. And yes, I ruined the adorable gold glitter typography to cover up her name for the blog. I also made an adorable matching gold glitter banner of her name for the party to match the invite. So cute.

The details were so fun. Like I said, gold and pink glitter, baby. I made the birthday hat by simply tracing an unfolded paper birthday hat from the party store onto glitter card stock and cutting/folding the card stock to make its own hat. Tie on the cheap hat's elastic string and boom, you've got a custom glitter party hat.

For the snowman, I simply tied together three white Chinese paper lanterns with fishing wire and added some Little Lady June inspired glitter accessories.

As for food, the entire fair was dairy-free, of course (for those of you who don't know, my 2.5 year old, HDawg, has a severe dairy allergy- much like a peanut allergy where even contact with dairy can and has sent him into anaphylactic shock so we don't keep any dairy in our home). I baked strawberry cupcakes, set up a chili bar and a hot chocolate bar, we had popcorn in little snowman cups, snowman parts (pretzel sticks, marshmallows and carrot sticks!) and a few other little snacks.

We made sensory snow globes with the little kids, which they loved. I had planned to mix up a batch of edible snow (corn starch and vegetable oil) for the kids to play in but never got around to it. 

I'm so proud of my little girl and all that she's become so far at one solid years old. We had so much fun celebrating her and I can't wait to see the amazing life she has ahead of her! Love you, Lu!

Life Lately

(a typical Rothmeier family photo... one with a marshmallow in his mouth, one singing a song... that's about right!)

Hey friends! Long time no see. While I've got a few fun home decor projects in the works right now, things move at a snail's pace around here (projects get done in 5 minute increments between Little Lady June kisses- "muh!" and helping HDawg pick up the entire basket of blocks... and legos... and train set... he dumped out for his bulldozer to plow through). So I don't have any fun projects to share today, but I wanted to update you on what's been going on at the Ten June house. 

The kids are doing great and melt my heart on a daily basis with their adorable cuteness. Believe it or not, Little Lady June turned one year old at the end of February. Our sweet Lu has been walking for about a month, is obsessed with the remote control, makes her brother laugh uncontrollably just by looking at him and loves to wrestle on the floor.  We are still nursing some- she's about 50% weaned and loves almond milk and table food just as much as her big brother. She also looooves music and busts out her dance moves at the hint of one musical note (wonder where she gets that from... cough, cough). We had a sweet little "winter ONEderland" party for her at our house with family to celebrate her first birthday (maybe I'll share more pics of the party planning if anyone is interested?!). She is such a joy and truly a celebration to us! I can't imagine life without our sweet bean and this past year has been an amazing whirlwind of proof of that.

HDawg is just an amazing kid. I know all mommas love to brag, but this little 2.5 year old makes me proud on a daily basis. His gift is truly the ability to engage people- no matter where we are (school, the grocery store, our living room), this boy loves to talk to people and always makes them feel special. Not to mention, he's a smarty pants when it comes to the alphabet, numbers, shapes and all of that good stuff. It thrills my heart when he sits there and "reads" a book by sounding out the letters. He screams out "mommy! that's a C that says 'cah-cah'!" or "that's a D that says 'duh-duh'!" I have a feeling our little man may be reading at a pretty early level. He's about 90% potty trained (currently hasn't had a wet diaper in 6 days, even at night! hootie hoo!) and basically I feel like he has marched right out of toddlerhood and straight into boyhood. Cue the waterworks. I love my sweet little man.

David is the man of the hour as he is a hard-working, hands-on daddy who is also training for his first marathon! Last year, David lost about 60 pounds on Weight Watchers and started running last summer to keep up his new fit momentum. Running quickly switched gears from a work out to a hobby for him once he realized how much he loves it. I signed him up for the marathon as a Christmas stocking stuffer and now here he is, training 6-7 days a week and ready to race 26 miles in April! He ran a half marathon back in February as part of his training- dude killed it at a 1:34. He even won his age group! Not bad for his first race. I can't wait to see how he does in the marathon!

As for me, I'm doing great. Life is pretty amazing as a wife, mom, sister, daughter, friend and more. I'm still crushing hard on my job, working as a commercial real estate attorney. I can't even begin to tell you how much I love the ability to work and go into the city to play lawyer a couple times a week while also having the flexibility to work from home on a part-time basis (about 30 hours a week). I just got back from an amazing girls weekend in San Juan, Puerto Rico where I spent four days celebrating my best friend's bachelorette party (I could also share a post on San Juan fun if anyone is interested?!). Yessss m'am, it was a good time. Life is good! I'm looking forward to the spring and all the fun warmer weather brings.

I'm also itching to get some home projects going, so maybe I'll be making a few more appearances over here at Ten June soon. Until then, you can always follow my inspiration on Pinterest or a little bit of my daily life over on Instagram

Hope you guys are doing just as great!
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