Margaret (Curtis) McDaniel + Curtis McDaniel = Curtis.Squared

April 5, 2016

"One Year of Loving Kate"

We celebrated Kate's birthday at our house on March 19.  We decided the theme would be "One Year of Loving Kate."  This idea was given to me by a sweet friend (thanks Ali!) and I was able to save by purchasing most on clearance after Valentine's Day!  I had a lot of friends help with this party so I will be thanking many people throughout this.  I'll start with the fun party details...
The invitation.
Everything was set up for the smashing of the cake.

One of our students in RUF made this beautiful garland just for her party. (Thanks Katelyn!) 
I added all of her monthly photos to it.

Love signs!

Our regular babysitter works at a lovely bakery in town and she gave the smash cake to us for Kate's birthday. (Thanks Lyndee!)  

The cupcakes were decorated with one of my good friends who also helped with Anna's cake last month. She has amazing talent! (Thanks Magda!)

Healthy hearts! Cucumbers and carrots with ranch dip

The table, filled with lots of heart decorations.  Thanks Amy for the tablecloth and Hannah for the heart basket!

Our "love potion" punch, including some heart-patterned straws

The favors. Heart-shaped straws and lollipops!

A slideshow of my favorite 200 pictures of Kate's first year.

Family photos taken as we waited for guests to arrive.  We're standing in front of Kate's poster with details about her first year.

This one turned out pretty cute! Anna decided to give Curtis a kiss.

Grammy & Papa were there for the celebration!  Don't you love Papa's hat??

Aunt Heather also came for the special event!

And last but not least, Great Aunt Diane made an appearance!

Lots of Kate's "little friends" arrived.

I think they were having a good time!

We had a special craft: tie-dye hearts!  Thanks Katelyn for the suggestion from Pinterest! (Here's the instructions.)

Here's a few examples of the finished product.  I think they came out pretty well!

Birthday girl crawling around during the party

We sang.  Kate wanted to touch the flame!

"Before I dig in, I'd like to thank you all for coming here today."

She decided she preferred the edible gold glitter heart.

Her whole mouth was covered in glitter!


All her friends seemed more interested in the cake than she was!

And then it was time to open gifts.

She preferred the wrapping paper.

I tried to savor the moments with my little Kater-tot!

And here's a picture with the entire family that came for the party.  It was such a privilege to have so many family in town, especially since they live in 3 different states (South Carolina, Pennsylvania, Missouri)!

Ironically, she enjoyed her cake more that night when everyone was gone.

That little stinker!

April 4, 2016

Kate is ONE!

Our little babe has turned one!  I'm not going to lie, it's been much more difficult to keep track of everything each month since Kate is our second; however, I am happy for the opportunity to think about and celebrate Kate each month.

Kate remained toothless for her entire first year.  (Side note: a tooth has finally appeared just 2 weeks after her birthday!)  Her vocabulary has grown to about 3 words/sayings - "Oh boy!" "Uh-oh!" and her first word (just like her sister), "Dada."  She has plenty of other things she says, but they are incomprehensible.  She is pulling up constantly and is starting to slightly cruise.  At her checkup, she was 20 pounds, 8 ounces (almost 2 pounds more than Anna), in the 25th percentile for her age.  She also is 28.25 inches tall, in the 10-25th percentile range.  
Didn't this turn out just adorable!?
She enjoys kissing Daddy in her free time.
She also admires herself in the mirror and kisses herself!
She and her sister continue to bond.
On her actual birthday, we went to McDonald's with Papa.  She was so happy to have some french fries!
We did get end up getting her an adirondack chair for her birthday.  She was happy to sit like her big sister!
She discovered her love of sweets as she ate her first cupcake!

We had some special professional pictures taken to document this joyous occasion!  I have posted more on Facebook, but here are some of my favorites:

I think this is actually her about to cry, but it almost looks happy!







Oh Kate, you look like a politician when you show us how old you are!


And the comparison shot!  One year with Anna and Kate, respectively. :)