Thankful

So, today is Thanksgiving…

My wife hates Thanksgiving, always has, always will. I know some people balk when we say that, but hear me out. We’re not huge fans of the food and my wife’s birthday is Nov. 26 and so nearly always falls right near Thanksgiving (or like this year, it’s actually ON Thanksgiving). This meant a childhood of no birthday parties with friends since everyone’s usually travelling or spending time with family during the holidays, having a meal for your birthday that you don’t really care about (steak please?!), not to mention desserts that give you no joy (she’s not a pumpkin fan either). And talk about stress getting everything presentable and spending the day in the kitchen! Plus, its an awful holiday. Shouldn’t we be thankful every day? It’s not even about giving thanks anymore, its about stuffing your face as quickly as possible so you can get out and go shopping that evening (because Black Friday has now become Black Thursday). Anyway…

I wish I could say this year is different for her…but her birthday actually falls on Thanksgiving. We somehow ended up putting on dinner again this year. At least we control the food so we can keep the sugar and carbs in check, but it sucks because she’s upset with the whole Thanksgiving thing. I wanted to buy her a steak for her birthday and grill it without her knowing, but there was just no way I could pull that off! I wanted to give her something good this year, so I asked her what dessert she wanted me to make for her “cake” and she decided on a Keto Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting! So she’s excited about that. She’s not excited about the stress of cooking that huge of a meal (24 lb turkey!) and having 4 kids and 10 adults crammed into our smallish house (where do we seat everyone?! at least we have a large porch!) on a day that should be all about her.

So to me, today is not Thanksgiving, it is her birthday. The day to celebrate that she came into this world so she could grow up and I could fall in love with her! Without her, there would be no Jaxson. Without her, there would be no Bubba (our cat). Without her, there would not be the home we share or the large family to share this Thanksgiving with. And so for her Thanksgiving, just like everyday, I am just so thankful for my beautiful wife. She is truly amazing and I am so lucky to have her. She busts her ass every day to take care of our son and keep our house running smoothly. She shops, prepares, and cooks all of our meals. She cleans our home and keeps it pristine! All this while making sure our son is a well-adjusted human and gets the proper social interaction and physical activity every single day. She has the most thankless full-time-with-mandatory-overtime-24/7 job in the world – not to say being a stay at home mom is not rewarding in its own way – but so many times the importance of her job and the contributions she makes to our family is vastly unappreciated and overlooked by virtually everyone.

Even I, sometimes, forget to say thank you. Of course I am always grateful for her and the amazing things she accomplishes every day, and I am thankful for the sacrifices we have made so she can stay home with Jaxson. I know its not easy for her, just like its not easy for me to get up and go to work every day, but she doesn’t get a choice of going to work or having a sick day – her job is 24/7. Her job is nights, weekends, overnight…endless dishes and cooking and playdates…with no time for herself.

I wish we weren’t struggling financially, so that for her birthday I could have given her the massage and the haircut and the day that is only about her. The day she deserves! I hate that I wasn’t able to do these things for her, because she gives so much of herself to do so much for us. I hate that I could only get her a card from me, a card from Jaxson, and a chocolate bar. I hate that our gift is so minuscule in scale to the gift she gives our family every day. She deserves the world on a platter, not just a candy bar.

So, Wife (since I know you’re reading this ;)), I want you to know that not for Thanksgiving, not just for your birthday, but every single day, I am so thankful for you. I am so thankful that you came into my life when you did, that you love me like you do, that you gave us our beautiful son, that you have literally sacrificed everything to stay home with him, and that you have so selflessly taken on this role in our family. I just want you to know that I truly appreciate everything you do for us and I love you so much! From the bottom of my heart, THANK YOU! You are my everything and I’m so glad you were born!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY MY LOVE!

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P.S. Just to update, our Thanksgiving was awesome. Everyone got along great, had a nice time, and all the food came out at the same time. I busted my ass today and cooked everything (except the dressing!) and kept kicking J out of the kitchen so she didn’t have to do anything. Inadvertently, I gave her the gift of a day where she didn’t have to lift a finger, and she said that was the best gift I could have given her. Success! It was a wonderful day, and J also got lots of Starbucks cards so she was excited about that! And she liked the chocolate bar Jax and I got her very much. Yay! 🙂

Jaxson is Two!

Happy Birthday Jaxson!! Goodbye baby, hello two-year-old! Our little man is two!! These mommies can’t believe just how big Jaxson has gotten, nor can we believe that he’s already two years old. Wasn’t he just born? I think every mom goes through this (and probably on every birthday for the rest of their kids’ lives!) but it literally feels like just yesterday when we first held him in our arms.

Two Year Check-Up: He had his 2 year old well visit and they were surprised how big he is! They think he’s gearing up for a growth spurt here pretty soon, but he’s still healthy and looking great.

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He’s grown about 5 inches and gained about 5 pounds from his 1 year check-up (thank goodness his head didn’t also grow 5 inches, its big enough as is!) We had some concerns about him walking on the inside of his left foot, and he keeps tripping a lot lately, with or without shoes on. So we’re being referred to a podiatrist so we can get that checked out. He may just need an insert for his shoes to help correct it since he’s still so young, so I’m hoping that’s all. He even fell the other day so bad that he bit his lip and there was blood everywhere! He was a champ though and Mama J took great care of his boo-boo. He also still has the heart murmur but the doctor isn’t concerned at this point. He’s right on track with vocabulary and skills and overall, everything is perfect with our little boy. He got his Hepatitis shot and did great (he only screams when you’re holding him still for it) and he was very excited about his Iron Man band-aid.

Disney “Fun”: We went to all four Disney parks for his birthday/our anniversary, and while I wish I could say that it was a fabulous vacation and we had a great time…I’d be lying. We have decided that we will not be returning to Disney with children until the youngest is at least 5! It was an intense trip and I think just a little much for our two year old. There were so many people that he couldn’t walk without nearly being trampled and he hated having to be in the stroller the whole time. He didn’t get the concept of having to wait to do something and he cried after getting off a ride every. single. time, so that was rough. He freaked out meeting Sofia the First and didn’t really care for the Disney Jr. show, which was the ONLY reason we even went to Hollywood Studios. Animal Kingdom was fun with the safari ride, which we all really enjoyed, and he absolutely LOVED the Nemo stage show. He refused to take a nap Saturday, so we ended up going to Magic Kingdom that night to see the fireworks, which we all also really enjoyed. The sense of wonder and amazement on Jaxson’s face made us forget about all the crappy experiences of the day (at least for a little while). This was why we came, we reminded ourselves. J had also never gotten to see the fireworks so it was really exciting to share that memory with the two of them. Jax liked the Electrical Light Parade as well and we made our way back to the hotel at midnight for a restless/sleepless night with the three of us sharing a King-sized bed.

None of us are good travellers, we prefer our own home with our own bed and our own stuff. Needless to say, Jax woke up throughout the whole night and I finally got out of bed with him around 6:30 because I hadn’t been able to sleep and wanted J to (try to) get a little rest. We headed back to Magic Kingdom and he met Pluto (sort of, again not a fan) and rode some rides (Dumbo, Small World, Teacups). The line to meet Mickey was over an hour long and we were toasted. A meltdown between all of us ensued because the whole point of coming to Disney was for Jax to meet his favorite, Mickey! We almost skipped Epcot to just come home, but Epcot (of all places) ended up being our jackpot!

You go on school field trips to Epcot because it’s lame educational what with the country showcase and the Innovations section, but it ended up being our best experience of all. We waited 20 minutes to meet Mickey, Goofy, and Minnie and ended up getting cute pictures! We also went on their Nemo ride and bought Jax a souvenir, a little plastic Nemo which he loves. We ate lunch at Mexico (the most overpriced nachos I’ve ever had LOL) and finally headed home. To be fair, at least Jax loved riding the trams to and from the parking lot, and he really enjoyed both the monorail and the ferry boat ride to Magic Kingdom. So while there were a lot of crappy moments, there were a few moments that made us smile and not completely want to hang ourselves. I think if he’d been older it would have been much easier, and if he’d been a girl there would have been more to appeal to him, since it seems most of Disney is geared toward the Princess stuff. Regardless, J has an extra day left on her pass and we are planning for just the two of us to return for a day for a do-over.

Down with the Sickness: We’ve been super sick in our household since Disney. I’m sure we all picked up something there because there are just so many people and not enough hand sanitizer! Jax was sneezing, had a runny nose, and was coughing for about a day or two and then he was over it. Thank goodness he has such a good immune system, because Mama and Mommy are both still down for the count almost a week later. I’m so glad he didn’t get it this bad, at least.

Interests: I think we have an artist on our hands, whether its music or dance, he really seems to enjoy both very much! He’s loved drums forever now, and he “plays” on everything he can get his hands on. He also really enjoys watching Dance Moms and seeing the girls dance. He will watch, and then get up and start mimicking their motions and dances. It is the cutest thing ever! I used to do ballet and tap so I’ll show him some moves and he loves it and starts copying me. He also loves cars and trains and planes and all the typical “boy” stuff, and loves to pull J and I down to the floor to play with him (Mama, play please!).

Bread! and Other Food Adventures: Jax finally eats bread (sometimes)! It’s only taken two years to get him here, but he enjoys wheat bread and bagels. He’ll eat lunchmeat sandwiches occasionally but only if the meat is warmed up/toasted on the sandwich. He’s been really difficult with food lately, completely refusing to eat anything all day, and the doctor actually talked about it at his check-up that we are not to give him any juice or milk before his meals, because he’s just filling up on milk instead of food. If he doesn’t eat, then he doesn’t get the drink. They reassure us that when he’s hungry he will eat, but most days it just feels like we’re throwing food in the garbage because he won’t eat a thing. Rarely, he’ll branch out and try something we have, but we know better to buy him a meal out because it will just be a waste. Oh, but of course, he always has room for fruit snacks or chips. Typical kid! He also had his very first popsicle while he was sick, and did a great job with it! No huge mess with drippy sticky goo everywhere, so that was a big plus.

Vocabulary: I can’t even tell you how many words/phrases Jax knows now. It seems like every day he picks up 100 new words and he’s repeating everything you say. He also likes to “sing” Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star with other words. So combined, this is not always a good thing! For instance, I said “That guy was a booty head!” when we were driving the other day and he immediately started saying, “Twinkle booty head!” Oh boy. He likes to try to say really hard words too, like calculator and helicopter and chameleon (seriously?). We’ve been doing flashcards with him and he’s just so smart, I can’t believe how much he understands and picks up. I’m also very excited for his sentences so that he can make his needs/wants known (most of the time).

Interaction: Going along with an increased vocabulary is an increased ability to interact with other kids! This is very exciting for us to see, as usually Jax is kind of quiet and a loner, always observing other kids but never really reaching out to communicate. The other day at the Mall play area he made a little girlfriend and they drove the rocket ship together. And then we had a Jax & Mommy day the other day because J had to actually go into the office for work, and I took him to a pirate-theme playground. There were two other boys there and he got right up there with them and started playing with them, saying “Pirates! Yo ho ho!” They took turns steering the pirate ship and all three of them were Yo Ho Ho’ing all over the place. He’s just getting so big and even starting to get more adventurous – he went down both of the big slides and did some rock climbing with no help from me! I couldn’t believe it. It is bittersweet, realizing that he’s finally getting to the point where he’s starting to branch out, find his independence, and feel confident enough to let go of our hands and go have a good time.

Discipline: Despite his blossoming vocabulary, he’s getting frustrated when he can’t communicate what he wants to us, and has mini-meltdowns if he doesn’t get his way. We try so hard not to laugh at him because we will fuss at him for something and he’ll start getting upset/crying, and then throw himself at us saying I LOVE YOU MOMMYYYYYYYY! We hug him back and say I love you too, but you’re still in trouble. LOL He’s also learning consequences now, for instance, he hit me in the face with a toy football, so I took it away and put him in timeout. He had his two minutes, apologized, then immediately wanted to go get the football again. When I told him no and he couldn’t play with it because he hit me with it, he lost his mind. Eventually he gave up, and he got the chance to play with the football the next day. Both J and I try to be really consistent and always explain to him why we are doing/saying something. I know a lot of people look at us like we’re nuts because we explain things to him, but just because he can’t say everything we’re saying to him, doesn’t mean he doesn’t understand what we’re saying, and that is why we have a well-behaved boy.

He Really Is A Wonderful Boy: Jax has got such a kind heart. J and I both wanted a good boy that would grow into a good man and treat others right. Well, we got our wish and he really is such an amazing boy. He always plays well with others and is such a great sharer. He shows empathy and concern when others are hurt or upset and gives hugs and kisses freely! He tells us he loves us all the time and he loves his stuffed animals as if they were his pets. Speaking of pets, he’s so good with them and kind. Most kids will pull their fur or “pet” them too hard – not Jaxson! Plus he’s polite, saying thank you and please and excuse me when he burps (after laughing a little first of course). He is truly, 100%, a good person and we are so blessed to call him our son!

Pictures!

 

Silly!

Silly!

Future Quarterback

Future Quarterback

Riding the Pony at the Ren-Fair

Riding the Pony at the Ren-Fair

Fun at the Park!

Fun at the Park!

Ouch!

Ouch!

What a ham

What a ham

How he feels about baths nowadays

How he feels about baths nowadays

Enjoying his bagel!

Enjoying his bagel!

Mr. Attitude!

Mr. Attitude!

Jax & his BFF MoMo

Jax & his BFF MoMo

He wanted me to get a picture of MoMo

He wanted me to get a picture of MoMo

I got one hand in my pocket...

I got one hand in my pocket…

Riding the Safari

Riding the Safari ride

A little terrified of Sofia the First

A little terrified of Sofia the First

Disney WASTED

Disney WASTED (for 10 minutes)

Oooh fireworks!

Oooh fireworks!

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SO pretty!

Light Parade!

Light Parade!

Birthday Boy!

Birthday Boy!

Mommies love Jaxson!

Mommies love Jaxson!

Ready for Magic Kingdom!

Ready for Magic Kingdom!

Our Future Home LOL

Our Future Home LOL

Teacups

Teacups

Jax & his favorite

Jax & his favorite

Us!

Us!

Goofy

Being goofy with Goofy

Hugs for Minnie

Hugs for Minnie

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I love this one!

Here we are!

Here we are!

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Yay Nemo!

Jax showing off his souvenir Nemo

Jax showing off his souvenir Nemo

Jax and his new

Blasting off with a new friend!

Bomb Pop!

Bomb Pop!

YUM!

YUM!

Rock climbing all by himself!

Rock climbing all by himself!

Party Animal

Jaxson is so good with people. Friends, family, strangers – it doesn’t matter, he loves everyone! He’s never given us an issue going to anyone that’s wanted to hold him (ok, well ONE time but I completely understand why!) and he doesn’t look around fretfully for mommies if someone new is holding him. He’s Mr. Personality with a capital P and I’m so delighted that he isn’t afraid of social situations (unlike me, as I’m super shy and take a looooooong time to warm up to people. But that’s beside the point!)

Jaxson had a GREAT first birthday party (other than sweating to death since it was 80+ degrees in FEBRUARY – Oh, Florida). We held the event at a local park of ours that had a covered outdoor pavilion with picnic tables. It cost a little bit of money to rent it but it was definitely worth it to avoid having to have 40 people at our house, eating no less. (We’re a little clean-freaky so yes, that was a concern.)

We had Jaxson’s actual birthday celebration at home on his birthday itself, January 31. He loved getting to open gifts! And he had some cake too, although he seemed like he wasn’t a huge fan – maybe it was too sweet.

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My best friend from high school came down the night before and she helped us pick up the food the morning of the party and decorate too. She even helped clean up everything afterwards which was such a huge help. You never realize how much there is to do until you’re doing it! After all, one of the moms has to supervise Jaxson while the other actually accomplishes a task – that’s how we roll.

Let me just tell you about the damn birthday cake, while I’m on the subject. First off, we ordered his cake from Super Target because Publix only had a Hawaiian Luau Mickey Mouse themed cake and seeing as he’s a January baby it just didn’t seem right. So Super Target had Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, so we ordered it from them instead to be picked up at 2pm on Friday. I got off early on Friday to go pick up the cake and got there at 1:45 – the cake looked awesome except that….HIS NAME WAS SPELLED WRONG. Ugh, so I ask them to fix it and their version of “fixing it” involved scraping off the misspelled icing and re-writing over it, leaving the white icing showing through what was supposed to be the road. REALLY. Then I go back and ask if they can possibly just take the writing off and re-airbrush the road so that it doesn’t look like total crap. The baker grudgingly agreed then informed me that she had to scrape off the entire top and sides of the cake to RE-DO THE WHOLE THING. Seriously?! By this point, I’d been on the phone with J on and off again, we’re both crying, we’re both angry and frustrated, and gosh darn it we are on a time crunch! So the baker finally finishes the cake and hands it back, so I ask if I could get a discount since she had to re-do the cake twice. She looks at the clock behind her and promptly tells me that its only 8 minutes late because it is currently 2:08 and it was due to be done at 2pm. Angry, I take the cake, checkout, and head home. NOT a happy experience, but the cake ended up looking fine and we had a free $10 Target gift card we got last week buying diapers so we didn’t have to pay full-price at least. Ugh.

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We had subs, popcorn chicken, fruit, potato salad, and all sorts of snacks. We even found some Mickey and Minnie chocolate-covered pretzels at Target. And we made our own favors – Mickey Mouse Oreos! They turned out so good, everyone was really impressed, and they were super yummy too. Jaxson got a “smash cake” free with his birthday cake we ordered, but he really did not like being gross and covered in frosting! Usually you see babies just go for the cake all crazed and insane, but he just daintily kept sticking one finger into it until finally J shoved his whole hand into the middle of it. Still, he wasn’t interested, so his friend Noah came to help him out.

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After the party, those that hadn’t already seen our new house wanted to come over to visit, so we packed up all the gifts in Nana and Papa’s SUV (yes, we really needed an SUV to haul it all!) and we had about 20 people come back to our house for the “after-party”. Jaxson ended up napping through the insanity and we opened his presents while he was still sleeping (trust me, it was better that way!). He got so many wonderful, thoughtful gifts, and Mommies even got some gifts too (ie: diapers and wipes! LOL). And when he woke up he had tons of new toys to play with – SCORE!

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His current favorite, a ride-on Batman toy!

Everyone had a wonderful time at the party and hanging out at our house afterwards, and we got to spend a little extra time with Chelsea, one of J’s cousins (aka my BFF!), after everyone else left. Despite all the stress it took to get the house cleaned to perfection, running around for the party the night before/morning of, and actually having the party, it turned out better than we could have thought AND we had enough food for our big Jewish family (J’s side) – that’s quite a feat! I guess we’re not so bad at this party-planning thing after all!

P.S. On a side-note, it was also the 6th anniversary of getting together on February 1st. There’s absolutely no way I could have ever guessed 6 years ago that I’d be spending our anniversary throwing our one-year-old son a birthday party. Incredible!! 🙂

Happy 1st Birthday, Jaxson!

At 8:14 pm tonight, Jaxson Bennett turns one year old. J has told me how she’s been really weirded out because she has been feeling pregnant this past week or so (trust me – she’s not!). Funny how her body seems to remember the last time she was pregnant and is mimicking it a year later!

I’m a mix of emotions here at the end of Jaxson’s first year:

  • Sad because our baby isn’t a baby anymore, but a full-on toddler – oh boy!
  • Disbelieving because how the heck is he already turning one?! Where did the time go?
  • Excited because it is another year to watch him learn and grow and discover his world.
  • Grateful because he is a good boy and he loves his moms a lot – really what more could you ask for?
  • Amazed because I still can’t believe fate threw all of us together with a whole lot of love and decided we’d make a great family.

I took a half-day off of work today so that I could spend the afternoon with Jaxson to celebrate his big day. Turning one is a BIG deal and I didn’t want to be stuck at work the whole day! We are picking up a cupcake for him tonight since we still have some running around to do for final preparations for his birthday party tomorrow (get balloons filled, pick up the cake, etc.). We’re giving him our gifts tonight instead of waiting for tomorrow: a sensory toy with different textured fish on it that bubble or play music when you touch them, a Mickey Mouse book that makes noises when you turn the pages or push the buttons, and his “big” gift – a Mickey Mouse ball pit for the patio so he can have something to play with outside.

This past year has flown by much quicker than I ever thought it could. I know, I know, everyone tells you to enjoy it while its here because it will be gone before you know it – and its true. Looking back on the first year of Jaxson’s life, we’ve learned a lot about him and its been fun getting to know our little man. He’s kind, smart, gentle, and loves animals. When you’re upset, he is sensitive and caring. He loves to attack-snuggle Moms and loves hanging in the bed on weekend mornings when Moms don’t have to get up and work. He enjoys a good book and cuddling with his stuffed animals at night.  He’s a master of video chat with Nana and looks so much like Papa (especially when they dress alike!), he loves snuggling and napping on Grandma and playing with trains with Grandpa. He lights up when I come home from work every day and if J is away for work travel, he misses seeing her when he gets up from naptime and gets so excited when she comes home in time to tuck him in for the night. His mornings are full of smiles and hugs for Moms. He loves music and singing or being sung to. He loves us and we love him. We’ve dealt with illness, sleepless nights, food allergies, discipline…and learned how to deal with the stresses of parenthood in a positive way. I think we’ve done a good job this first year and I think our boy is off to a great start.

J and I are so blessed to have such a wonderful little boy. Jaxson really does make our world go ’round and I can’t imagine life without him. I can’t believe it was only a year ago that he wasn’t here, and then BAM! he was. It seems like it is too soon for him to be one year old, but at the same time it seems like its taken so long to get to this day. My hope for the next year (and the rest of his life!) is that we continue to nurture him, support him, love him, and make him feel special each and every day, because he is!

Now for the fun stuff – all about Jaxson at 1 year old! 🙂

Jaxson likes…

  • Monkey, whom he sleeps with every night and now carries around the house with him during the day
  • the color Pink
  • Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, Sofia the First, Doc McStuffins, Henry Hugglemonster, and Sheriff Callie on Disney Jr.
  • Cooking shows like Chopped and Top Chef and Moms’ Sci-Fi/Fantasy shows on TV
  • Playing on the big bed (our bed) and morning snuggles on the weekends
  • FOOD!
  • Being scared/startled in a playful way
  • Being outside
  • Terrapin, our red-eared slider turtle
  • Bathtime and brushing his teeth!

Jaxson does not like…

  • Cutting new teeth
  • Most fruits
  • Baby gates/being kept out of places
  • Being changed on the changing table
  • Being fussed at

Jaxson is good at…

  • Laughing
  • Singing along to the radio
  • Itsy Bitsy Spider (he even does some of the hand motions!)
  • Petting our cat, Bubba
  • Shopping
  • Meeting new people
  • Eating “real” food
  • Snuggling with Moms

Jaxson is still working on…

  • Standing without assistance (he’ll pull up on something and let go to squat, but can’t quite get back up yet without holding on)
  • Walking without assistance (he’s down to holding just one of our hands instead of both!)
  • Talking (he can currently say: Bubba, Mom/Mama, done, and yeah – plus he’s getting really good at mimicking/repeating us – uh oh!)

Its been a big first year, with many more to come! And we’re so excited to keep watching him grow into the wonderful person we know he will be. Happy Birthday, Jaxson! Mommies love you! 🙂

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Our Big Boy!
(look at those teeth!)

M-I-C-K-E-Y M-O-U-S-E

It’s no secret that Jaxson LOOOOOOOOVES Micky Mouse Clubhouse on Disney Jr. He will literally race from one end of the living room to the other to be closer to the TV so he can watch, and when the Hot Dog song comes on at the end of every show, he dances along with the best of them, scooting around on the floor shaking his head or if he’s standing, bee-bopping as best a wobbly 11 month old can do. It’s adorable.

So it was no question what the theme of his First Birthday would be. Oh boy. The big ONE – yikes! How did it come so soon? Didn’t J just go into labor this morning? It’s amazing how quickly this past year has flown by and we’ve enjoyed getting to know our little guy. He’s perfect (most of the time).

Anywho, putting our DIY skills to the test and giving us something else to do together after Jaxson goes to bed, J and I made our own Mickey Mouse invitations for Jax’s birthday party! There were moments while we were cutting and gluing and oopsing where we asked what we’d gotten ourselves into, but after seeing the finished product we are really proud of and super excited to send out to all the guests. Much like the DIY Crib Rail Covers I made a couple of weeks ago, the point of making our own invites was not perpetual frustration at running out of glue, but rather to save some money. Plus it felt good to put our heart and time into making something ourselves!

We got a lot of the supplies on sale at Michael’s after Christmas. Score! So our cost-breakdown ended up being:

  • black card stock for about $1.00 (the pack was already cut into 75-6×6 squares for $2.50 – we’re using the extra to make decorations)
  • white card stock for about $0.50 (we only needed 3 sheets but needed to pick up a whole pack ($4) for other projects anyway)
  • red card stock for about $1.50 for 3 sheets by themselves
  • yellow card stock for about $0.50 (the pack of colored card stock was $5, but we only used 2 sheets of yellow, we’ll use the rest in the future for other projects)
  • 2 packs of 10 6×6 plain white envelopes for $4
  • Mickey Mouse stickers on sale for $2 for 3 sheets.

Grand Total: $9.50, to make 20 invitations. The total cost including the extras was about $20, so still not bad! The funny thing is the stamps to mail 20 invitations ended up being the same amount as the invitations themselves!

This is compared to the pre-made store-bought regular ol’ not very exciting or remarkably cute Mickey Mouse invitations that were $9 for a pack of 8. We needed 20 so we would have had to buy 3 packs for a total of $27.00, so I think we did pretty good DIY-ing for 1/3 of the cost! And we ended up with a beautiful finished product, super cute and complete with that personal touch. Check them out!

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Invite & Envelope – check out Jaxson’s personalized address label!

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Back of the envelope!

I’m really happy with how they turned out, even though we hit a few bumps in the road. I know he won’t appreciate all the hard work that went into making them, but I had a good time getting crafty!

Instructions

  1. Cut black card stock into the shape of a Mickey Mouse silhouette (I found a template online and then traced it onto the card stock)
  2. Cut red card stock into a semi-circle that is the size of half of Mickey’s head (this is for his pants)
  3. Cut white card stock into tiny ovals, 2 per invitation (these are the buttons on his pants)
  4. Assemble the front of the invitations – glue the red semi-circle to the bottom half of the black Mickey silhouette, then glue on the buttons.
  5. Format the wording for the back of your invitations (we decided to do yellow balloons in the ears with a cute Mickey Mouse Clubhouse saying, and the main body of the invitation on white card stock below). We used Microsoft Publisher to “draw” the balloons with shapes and add the words, and to format the circles to fit on the back side of Mickey with the information. This took some trial and error…good luck!
  6. Cut out the pieces for the back of the invitation and assemble – we glued on the body of the invitation, then the yellow balloons in the ears.
  7. Let everything dry! Address the envelopes while you wait or print out address labels like we do, then add your invitation, seal, and mail!