Let the Party Plans Begin!

My little girl will turn three in August, and I’m trying to get an early start on the party plans. I’m not quite sure how this is all gonna pan out for obvious reasons. With a baby due in a little over a month, school, and work, things could get hectic.

The plan is to keep it as simple as possible. I’ve been pinning some ideas on Pinterest, and to my surprise, Princess is taking some initiative on the party plans too. This little girl is a piece of work! But believe it or not, she’s been quite helpful. She knows what she wants!

Princess picked out her theme, and the dress she wants to wear. This weekend we took a few pics for her invite. Here’s a little preview.

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Party Princess 2

Party Princess 3

As I’ve done with past birthdays, I plan on putting together photo and video recaps. Initially, I was a little hesitant on doing it because I felt guilty. I didn’t get to spend much time with her during her previous birthday parties. I told my hubby the other day that I’d only take a few pics this time.

But after seeing Princess get excited over the photos and videos from past celebrations, it changed my perspective. She’d been attending so many parties this year, and forgot all about her own. When I whipped out the evidence, she gave me the biggest hug and kiss. She said, “Thanks mommy, I love you.”

Needless to say, I don’t feel so bad anymore. The whole point of me having this blog is to document these memories, so that my kiddos can look back, and re-live those times. If you haven’t been documenting, it’s not too late to start.

Feel free to check out previous party recaps and videos below!
1st Birthday
2nd Birthday
Dedication to our little Princess

Stay tuned!

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WAM Turning 2!

This month marks my two-year blogversary! Whoo Hoo!
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I started this blog as a way of documenting my journey of balancing career and motherhood. I really didn’t know what to expect. Would people read it? Would I get lazy and give up? As it turns out, it’s probably one of the best things I’ve ever done. It offers priceless memories for my family and me.

I remember celebrating my one year blogversary last year. I listed five goals that I wanted to achieve, and I’m happy to say that I accomplished all but one. The only thing that I couldn’t check off my list was taking a photography class. However, I  my pictures continue to get better with practice. I’m not terrible for an amateur.

As far as gaining followers, I try not to focus on that too much. Don’t get it twisted, I love and appreciate every single reader I have. What makes me happy is when I get an email from someone telling me how much I’ve inspired them.

Hosting more giveaways and guest blogging were also on the list. In fact, I’m hosting a giveaway now on BabyCenter. If you haven’t checked out any of my posts, please do. I enjoy sharing my mommy triumphs and conundrums.

Lastly, I was happy to have attended my first conference ever! Blogher 2012 was a hit, and I hope to attend more conferences in the future.

This year I want to continue growing my blog. It’s taken on a life of it’s own, and I’m excited. I’m not sure if you’ve notice, but I revamped my site a bit. I didn’t want to change the layout too much. However, I wanted to change hosts. The best advice I’ve ever gotten from “The Sits Girls” is to own your own ‘sh**!’ I’ve taken their advice and have never looked back. They were so gracious to feature me on their blog as well.

In the meantime, I’ll continue working on my pregnancy diaries, as I wait to welcome baby number two. I’m hoping to turn this diary into a book. I’m all about making lasting memories for my kids.

There’s also another project that I plan on tackling. It’s a pretty big undertaking. But, I’m gonna try and do the best I can. I’ll be sure to fill you in on all the details later.

Thanks so much for all your continued support.

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Happy Birthday Princess!

I apologize in advance for being super annoying.  This will be the first of quite a few post about Princess celebrating the big two.  I’m just a proud mama.  What can I say?  A part of me feels bad for sending her off to daycare on her birthday.  But, my hubby and I had to finish up her party plans.  Having Princess with us would sort of ruin the surprise (trust me, she remembers everything).

We spent a huge part of the day just running errands and putting her present together.  Before we knew it,  the clock struck five o’clock.  We wanted to eat dinner and enjoy some outdoor fun, so we picked her up little early.  Then it was off to the park!

Grandma also came over to hang and drop off Princess’s gift, a Dora the Explorer doll and stoller.  We had tons a fun!

I saw this online and had to get it for her. I’ve always wanted something like this as a kid. I guess you can say I’m living vicariously through my daughter.  She mainly likes to go in reverse, as you can see.

Stay tuned for more pics!

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My Baby’s About to Turn 2!

I can’t believe my baby is about to be two years old tomorrow!  It’s crazy how time flies!  I can recall feverishly planning her first year birthday party around this time last year.  In case you haven’t seen it, here’s the video  and recap of her 1st year bash.

This time around my hubby and I would like to keep things a bit more kid friendly.  We’re planning a celebration for Princess and her friends to enjoy.  I’ll be sharing pics, and tips on how we (I) planned the event.  For us, it’s all about keeping it simple and fun.  I’m also working on another video.  Stay tuned for that too!

Princess weeks away from turning 2. She’s always loved playing on this field.

She wasn’t quite walking on her own.  But, she’d hang onto things to guide her along.  

My little girl is growing up, and this moment is bitter sweet.  Sometimes I wish she’d stay this way forever.  How do you feel about your kiddos getting older?

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Happy Blogversary To Me!

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 I told my hubby “it’s my anniversary” and he looked at me like I was crazy.  He finally got it when I said “it’s my blogversary,” hence the weird title.

I can’t believe it’s been a year!  I never thought I’d have a blog.  My first post explains why.  I really didn’t know what to expect.  But, I’m pleasantly surprised at the positive feedback that I’ve received.  Someone told me that they were inspired by my nursing diaries.  Whenever I here those words, “I love your blog,” I get so excited.  On the flip side, I didn’t know how difficult blogging could be.

I thought writing a post would be a no brainer, but sometimes I struggle to gather my thoughts.  I also wonder whether or not I’m being too personal.  The internet could be a great place to connect.  But, it could also be scary.  I worry if something I’ve written would ever come back to bite me in the you know what.  Overall, it’s been a great experience.  My blog has been a great tool in keeping in contact with family and friends.  It’s been my escape and my place to vent.  Most importantly, Princess will one day read this blog.  I hope that by documenting my journey to balance career and motherhood (along with so many other things), she’ll get to know her mama in a different way.  She’ll know that her mama was determined at giving her the best life ever.

I look forward to many more years of blogging.  Here’s what I hope to accomplish within the next year.

1.  I hope to gain more followers.  My goal was to get 100 followers in a year or less.  But, 91 ain’t too bad.  If you haven’t joined my site yet, please do.  All ya gotta do is click that blue button that says ‘join this site’ to the right and follow the simple directions from there.  You can also follow by email.  While your at it, connect with  me on twitter, pinterest, vimeo, facebook, youtube, and google +.  Princess also has a tumblr account, in case you want to follow that too. Btw, she doesn’t know that I know about it.
2. Host more giveaways.  I never wanted my blog to be all about prizes.  But, I would like show my readers how much I value them.  So far, I’ve given away tickets to Madam Tussauds, a gift card Target, makeup, and some fab earrings.
3.  I would love to keep writing for other blogs.  I’ve done some guest posts for Baby Center and Snugabell so far.
4.  Hit up some conferences.  I’ve already signed up for Blogher and I can’t wait to go, and meet other bloggers.
5.  Keep blogging, and post great pics!  I need help in the photography department.  I may just have to take a class.

I want to thank everyone for visiting Weather Anchor Mama.  I appreciate all the feedback and advice that I get.  So, keep ‘em coming.  What you like/dislike about my blog?  I’m a big girl.  I can take the good, the bad, and the ugly.

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Princess’s 1st Birthday Celebration

 The weather will be taking a turn for the worse as Hurrican Irene moves up the east coast, I am so happy that my hubby and I scheduled Princess’s birthday celebration last week.  Had it been a week later, we would be in serious trouble.  The weather was perfect last Saturday.  Although it was a bit breezy, there was plenty of sunshine.  Outside conditions held up just fine, but the day turned out to pretty interesting.


Fun, exciting, anxious, stressful are just some of the words I can drum up to describe it.  As I mentioned, Princess turned one last week.  We decided to celebrate by having a princess themed get together on Saturday.  I’ve planned a wedding and small gatherings, but I have never planned a 1st birthday bash.  

I spent the last two months or so planning the event, so I thought it would be an easy breezy day.  Boy, was I wrong.  My hubby and I hadn’t even begun to set anything up!  We had to cancel Princess’s afternoon swim class for the day and haul ass.  I called in Aunt Tiff (aka Princess’s Godmama) to help out.  She came over to  assist with cleaning all the chairs, decorating, getting the favors ready, hanging the banner, and picking up the balloons.  We were racing against the clock!  The party was set to begin at 3 PM and it was already noon!  We managed to get everything done, but our trip to Party City was interesting to say the least.  We picked out yellow, pink, and white latex balloons.  I also added a cute Princess first birthday mylar balloon as well.
Making the purchase wasn’t the problem.  But, getting it all in the car was a whole other story. 

One balloon got away and another one popped.  We were scrambling trying not to lose anymore, when a lady and her young daughter saw us and rushed over to help us.  In fact, she offered hold some balloons in her car and follow us home.  Normally I wouldn’t do this, but we were desperate.  My gut said “roll with it.” We were able to replace those lost balloons and our new travel buddies, Michelle and Alexis, followed us home.  We often hear about the negative things people do in the world, but we rarely hear about the positive things.  It’s refreshing when good people do good things.  I just had to snap this quick pic of us.



Everything came together in the end.  My sis came over with all the food she and my mom prepared (thanks again mom and sis!).  The fam came over and everyone had a great time.  I was caught up in having a perfect birthday celebration for my little Princess, but the most important thing was my baby’s happiness and having the people we love share in this special occasion.  




As you can see Princess had a blast hangin’ with her cousin Sean and Auntie Sophia.




There are so many great pics!  I can’t post them all, but I do plan on putting a video together.  I’ll be sure to post a preview.  Thanks to all my family and close friends who came out to share in my baby’s first birthday celebration.

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