Sunday, May 21, 2017

Emma's 1st Sunshine Birthday Party

We celebrated Emma's 1st birthday with a Sunshine themed party with our family on April 23rd.  She is truly our sunshine and pure joy to our family.  We love you so much Emma Joy!

Get ready for LOTS of pictures.  I can't help myself.  Plus my photographer sister-in-law was there.

welcome sign on the door to our community room

This is my favorite of Emma's newborn pictures.  That sweet little sleeping smile.  She was just 11 days old.

We gave Emma a bubble machine for her birthday and got bubbles for all of the siblings and cousins. It was the perfect activity for a 1-year-old's birthday party.  Emma just squeals with delight when she sees bubbles.

I love how the decorations turned out!  It was so fun to pull it all together.

I have a really good memory of my mom singing a sweet little song to me when I was little.  I remember that I would say the sunshine words and she sang the rest of it.  And now I often sing that song to Emma in the mornings right after she wakes up.  She always gives me her biggest, sleepy faced smile.
"Good morning, Sunshine.
You brighten my day
With your beautiful sunshine, 
It's a brand new day."

Sunny Cranberry trail mix... it's amazing!

Emma's smash cake

I made that banner. 😊  Thanks again to the very kind and generous etsy shop owner who sent me extra fabric for free so I could tie in the fabric from Emma's high chair banner with the rest of the party decorations.

I ordered her high chair banner HERE.  We've also already used it for her one year pictures and plan to hang it in her room when we get a house.

Ready to party and celebrate our ONE-year-old!

I often call Emma "Joyful" as a nickname.  Such a little sunshine baby girl!

She gives such good love.

She loves her Daddy!

Be still my heart.

I'm the luckiest.  So blessed.  So thankful.

the star of the show

auntie Emily

and Grandpa and Grandma Ellingson

auntie Heather, cousin Haddie and uncle Billy

uncle Zachary

Grandma Ann

uncle Benjamin, aunt Gabby and cousins Isaac & Avery

She loves to go!  She hadn't taken any steps on her own here yet.

I'm pretty sure Emma's looking at her silly brother here. πŸ˜‰

Present time!

Clara gave Emma some of her things.  She's such a giver.
My sweet sister-in-law Gabby is really getting into photography and she's so good!  She took this picture and the last two present pictures.

Clara wrote this card for Emma:
Clara To To
Emma Love,
I love you
my sunshine!

saying thank you for all of her presents πŸ˜‰

Emma LOVES bubbles!

Emma was just squealing with delight!

Gabby took the most stunning pictures of Emma with the bubbles.  I can't get over them!  They are gorgeous! 😍 All of the professional looking bubble shots are Gabby's!  Thank you Auntie!

I LOVE that Emma has two sweet baby girl cousins who are just 5 1/2 and 6 months older than her.  They're like built-in friends.  And they will all be in the same grade.  It's going to be so fun to watch them grow up together.  (Gabby took this picture and the last two as well.)

Haddie Jo - 18 months; Emma Joy - 12 months; Avery Sky - 17 1/2 months


Cake time!
Davey must have just gone potty.  I didn't even notice his pants... ha!

"Happy birthday to you..."

showing us she's one

My mom text me this sweet picture.

My mom got this sweet shot too.

I tried that last section of cake that survived the "smash"... it was delicious!

all the heart eyes 😍

Thank you to our families for helping us celebrate our sweet baby girl!

And thanks to my friend Gina for the initial inspiration for the theme!

Click the following links to see the kids' previous birthday parties:


  1. Awe I love this so much! The pics of Emma in the sink are my favorite. ♥️

    1. Thanks Gabby!! And thank you so much for taking those gorgeous photos!