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My nephew Maddox turned three on Monday. We celebrated with a small family party at my in-laws’ house last Saturday.

On Saturday morning we woke up to a beautiful blanket of snow which was quite fitting considering how the little guy made his entrance three years prior.

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In addition to snow, we had plenty of good food, cake, and presents.

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I made him a Mike from Monsters Inc out of fleece and felt as well as a race car-themed ‘M’ for his wall. Both super easy and cute. Both Pinterest inspired.

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Crappy iPhone photos were inspired by laziness.

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I feel like these next three photos capture Maddox’s relationship with Uncle Jacob and Aunt Jessi pretty well.

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I had been especially weepy because we were deep in mourning for our friends so I made sure to get in extra hugs all day whether or not the birthday boy was having it. The little stinker.

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Happy Birthday Maddox! You are so loved!

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Maddox’s Mustache Bash

My nephew’s Sesame street-themed first birthday party is by far the most popular post on the blog. So it was only fitting that his second birthday be quite the festive occasion.

My sister-in-law decided on a ‘mustache’ theme and I got to work on an invitation and some other printables.

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We kept the decor simple this year and used balloons, tissue poufs and a few paper lanterns as a backdrop to the food table. Sommer (my sister-in-law) bought some cute mustache-themed pins on Etsy, and I made some little signs and food labels that matched the invitations.

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She also picked up some mustache stickers that we had fun sticking on balloons and random framed pictures of Maddox.

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Oh, that cute banner? She ‘threw that together’ the night before with some leftover burlap and paint.  Adorable.

 

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For favors, we stuffed chocolate chip cookies in CD sleeves and I made a little sticker to add to the envelope.

 

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I ordered this mustache lollipop mold off of Amazon for $1.85 and it worked like a charm. The lollipops were so easy to make and a hit with the party guests.

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The birthday boy had a ton of people show up for his party, so he got just a little spoiled with gifts.

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It’s so fun that he’s finally old enough to get excited when he gets to open presents.

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But none of the regular toys mattered when his uncle Chris (Sommer’s brother) brought out the gift he had brought…

“Is this mine?”

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“No, seriously?”

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I think you could say he was a little excited.

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I know he’s related to me, but seriously, how cute is this kid?

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Another highlight of the day was seeing our friends Wes and Autumn for the first time since they found out they are expecting a little one late this summer.

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Hot mommas. Mother-to-be, mother of a two-year old (how is he that old?!) and mother of a corgi/beagle furry mutt.

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Just to clarify: NOT pregnant. Promise ;)

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Sommer also bought some cute props for photo ops.  Aunt Jessi and Uncle Jacob sure do love you, buddy.

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Happy 2nd Birthday Maddox! What a handsome little gentleman you are turning out to be.

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