Sunday, February 12, 2012

Little behind the scene's of Levi's birth...

I remember the day Levi was born as if it were yesterday. On Saturday February 12, 2011 my water broke around 6 a.m. at home. The contractions came on strong and quick so I woke Marc up and he grab our things. My sister told me that I couldn't go to the hospital looking like a hot mess and I needed to make sure I fixed myself first. In between contractions I put on my dress, curled my hair and put on makeup. My amazing friend Katie Joseph met us at the hospital to coach me and the nurses laughed because they couldn't believe I got all dolled up. Long story short here is a little glimpse of our time at the hospital.

It's a long story but I never planned on having a c-section but Levi was faced the wrong way and he was stuck. It wasn't easy but I thank God for Marc who was there for me every step of the way.

Welcome Aboard LSR Airlines
{Happy 1st Birthday Levi Saul}

We celebrated Levi's Birthday with some of our close friends at our home. Marc's sister Liana flew in from New York to celebrate with us and we could not have been happier. Marc and I designed a vintage aviation birthday just for Levi and although he probably didn't understand what was happening he had a great time. I don't know where the time has gone but we are trying to live in every moment we have with him and pray that God gives us wisdom every step of the way.

Here is a glimpse at Levi's 1st Birthday!!

Our guest's were greeted at the door with this amazing poster Marc designed.

Heather Gatch made Levi's fabulous cake and cupcakes based off of the theme we created. 
Her creations are amazing so go check them out!!

I found the world map at this sweet little store called Bebe Gallini's near our house.

The tablecloth came from Ikea in the fabric section.

It was such a blessing to have the men lay hands on Levi and pray over him. Marc led us in prayer and 
it set the tone for the rest of the day. I've heard it takes a village to raise a child and we are blessed to have these people in our lives.

I've planned Levi's first birthday since the day he was born. We serve a God who is so creative and into details that I had to celebrate by doing just that. I did drive Marc crazy but the end result was more then I could ask for.

Marc cut out a ton of clouds and hung them around the house along with paper airplanes that he also made. Evie and Liana helped set everything up the night before and we couldn't have done it without their help.

I did cheat and buy store bought "Nutter Butters" and dip them in chocolate. I also bought box cake mix and made the whoopie  pies and cake pops. I can't take all the credit because Evie and Liana helped bring it all together.

We cut out a bunch of little flags and glued them to paper straws and toothpick for a little special something.

We had the kids play "Pin The Propeller" and I wasn't sure how it would go having to blind fold them but it was a success ; )

I couldn't believe it when I saw it but I found the aviator hat at the GAP and captain hat at Party City. My mother-in-law sent me a second hat from the GAP not even knowing the theme of the party!! It was meant to be ; )

Above - the lovely Beth Brown and Joah, playing the role of Captain and aviator in training!

Below - Jeremy Franklin. Levi absolutely LOVES Mr. Jeremy and if you know him at all, this was a big deal to get him to play along ; ) We LOVE YOU <3

I forgot to take pictures of the food we made but lucky we got folks in action! We can always count on Lindsay Franklin to let Levi share her food. Praise God for good friends!!

I can always count on Will Bridenstein to appreciate my cooking.

Even we wanted in on the fun. The kids however did much better then we did.

In the end it all came together and Levi was able to celebrate with people that love him. 

The only picture we have of his full get up!! 

Marc, being a graphic designer I knew we had to design Levi's party ourselves. I was so tempted to just go on Etsy and order everything but I finally got it together and this was the end result ; )

Levi's invite before we changed the color scheme.
I bought apple juice bottles and replaced the labels with these and cute paper straws.

I couldn't help myself with this one. Sometimes people walk into our laundry thinking it's the restroom.

My attempt and making favors was chocolate chip cookies and it wasn't half bad. We put the wrapped favors in a vintage suitcase and our guests took their goods on the way out.