I know, I know, I’m a terrible blogger

I’ve been neglecting you and I’m sorry! We’ve been spending every free second this week getting the house ready for Sarah’s big birthday bash this weekend. It’s been kind of nice to use this as our deadline for decorating, cleaning, landscaping, and all other things house-related since that then gives us about a month of house-readiness before the little guy shows up. All of our family within a 500 mile vicinity will be heading to Huntsville this weekend and we are SO excited to see everyone and for Sarah to celebrate her special day with them. I know I’ve promised house pictures in the past but the perfectionist in me (she’s buried deep, deep down inside and sometimes rears her ugly head) won’t let me take any photos until it’s just so. The kids’ rooms are almost there and that makes me giddy!

So far I’ve spent very little time actually planning Sarah’s party. Samantha, I know you’re hyperventilating at the mere idea of being just days away from an event with no details nailed down! I do know that the general theme is going to revolve around the letter “S”. Sarah has been so incredibly interested in letters lately, pointing out every letter she knows everywhere we go. It all goes a little something like this: “S! Sarah’s letter! A! Ansley’s letter! M! Mommy’s letter! D! Daddy’s letter! T! Tory’s letter” and on and on. I think she’ll love having letters all around her birthday party. She’s kind of growing into a little toddler nerd…that’s ALL her daddy! Anyway, if anyone has any cute ideas or sites for her party pass them along!

Oh, and I think today is the last day to enter the babyGAP casting call. If you haven’t done it yet head over there and enter. You just never know!

And before I forget…our family got some exciting news yesterday. Brent’s grandfather (long deceased) is going to be inducted into the Alabama Racing Pioneer’s Hall of Fame at the Motor Sports Hall of Fame in Talladega, AL. How cool is that?! Brent’s dad worked really hard to get him recognized since he was one of the first dirt track racers on the circuit that we now know as NASCAR. Cool, huh!? Here are a couple of pictures I scanned in yesterday and cleaned up a bit. We plan to put at least one of them in our baby boy’s nursery.

Calvin Cobb, number 11. (this first shot isn’t actually his car…second one is though)

Kristi & William SmithOctober 24, 2007 - 11:38 am

Happy Birthday Sarah!

My little man will also be having his 2nd birthday party on Saturday (DOB 10/26). Can’t wait to see the pictures from the party!

A.K.October 24, 2007 - 12:03 pm

oh that will be great! i love when people use real pictures in baby rooms- especially family- can’t wait to see it!!!

AnonymousOctober 24, 2007 - 12:20 pm

So excited to see photos of Sarah’s big day and of your new home! Here is a link from Martha Stewart for a kid’s letter themed b-day party (if it doesn’t work, go to marthastewart.com and search for “letter party” and it’s the second link)… http://www.marthastewart.com/portal/site/mslo/menuitem.3a0656639de62ad593598e10d373a0a0/?vgnextoid=f12bce908332f010VgnVCM1000003d370a0aRCRD&autonomy_kw=letter%20party&rsc=ns2006_m2 (saw it in the latest Good Things for Kids)Enjoy!
Colleen W.

carolOctober 24, 2007 - 1:17 pm

Erin, the other day I was flipping channels and stop to watch a little of Martha Stewart and she had a lady on who searched for items that were made in the shape of letters (a gate represented and H) and she took the pictures (spelling out different words) and put them in a picture frame – don’t know if something like that will work.

AmyOctober 24, 2007 - 1:38 pm

Can’t wait to see how Sarah’s party turns out! And I have to chuckle. . . the Cobb name forever immortalized in association with NASCAR. 🙂 Cool pics, and what a great idea to put them in your boy’s room!

JoeyOctober 24, 2007 - 2:57 pm

My daughter Katelyn was the same way! She loved letters and pointed them out everywhere. She also associated the letters initially like: P for Papa, N for Nana, E for elephant, etc. It is funny how similar their obsession for letters began. Then there is my 19-month old, Kennedy, who has not noticed letters yet. It is amazing how different siblings can be…totally different interests. OK, back to the birthday party… due to her love for letters and her love for her first real TV program, we had a Sesame Street 2nd B-Day. It might be too characterish for you, but she loved it. We hung die-cut letters on the walls and put die-cut letters on the tables. We made individualized coloring books for all of the kids as favors. You can print the coloring pages off the internet, that is where we found them. For example, Katelyn’s book had one page for each letter in her name. Each letter had a different Sesame Street character holding the letter or hiding behind it. Since I teach, I had easy access to the book binder to put them together, but you could also staple them. Get some primary colored tablecloths and balloons, and it makes for a bright birthday! I know it may be a total color explosion and you may not want a character party for Sarah. Sarah may not even watch Sesame Street. Or,maybe you just want to focus on “S.” However, if you are interested, send me your e-mail and I’ll send you some pictures if you would like to see anything from our party. My e-mail is joey_nels@yahoo.com

erinOctober 24, 2007 - 3:19 pm

Colleen…I should have said in my blog that I stole the idea from Martha Stewart! I checked out her website and thought that would be the perfect thing for Sarah…you were one step ahead of me!

Joey – I LOVE the coloring book idea for the treat bags. DEFINITELY doing that!

Keep ’em coming you guys! We’ll get this party planned in no time 🙂

JeanelleOctober 24, 2007 - 3:30 pm

For Gabby’s 1st bday party, we gave all the kids “alphabet flash cards” in their goodie boxes.(along with other things)

We also used goodie boxes that were shaped like chinese To-Go containers, pink with light pink polkda dots. (Party city)
I had my friend, who has much better handwriting than I, personalize each one for the kids.

Another idea – is for the snacks and food at the party —
1. put a bowl of diced apples out and put a letter A behind the bowl (just use a piece of cardstock folded over like a tent)
2. Blueberries – B
3. Carrots – C
etc etc etc

Good luck!

JeanelleOctober 24, 2007 - 3:31 pm


Wal-Mart sells Crayola brand flash cards for about .98 a package.

JeanelleOctober 24, 2007 - 3:33 pm


2 ideas I found online – copying and pasting them…

“””you could buy alphabet beads at craft store and have a bracelet making station where the kids string their letters onto a length of leather and make a name bracelet to take home.

cut out a bunch of block letters from tag board or sturdy cardstock and hide them around the house and have a letter hunt for a game. “””

lizOctober 24, 2007 - 3:36 pm

That #11 Cobb is pretty cool.
“the little guy”
“the kids’ rooms”
“our baby boy’s nursery”
It’s so weird that you’ll have TWO kids soon – can’t wait…

Shannon K.October 24, 2007 - 5:36 pm

Good luck with the party! Can’t wait to see the results. Sounds like a great theme! We’ve already entered the GAP casting call….fingers crossed!

AmyOctober 25, 2007 - 2:09 pm

Feel free to add your own “Cookin’ at the Cobb’s” list! I’m on week 3 of it. . .I wish I could figure out how to archive it without making it an actual post. For now, I also only put the items we’re having that have links to the on-line recipe. No on-line recipe and I just skip listing it. If you figure out a better way, please let me know!

MeghanOctober 25, 2007 - 6:10 pm

I’m not positive but I believe the first picture is a 1956 Studebaker golden hawk, and the second is a 1939 ford coupe. Real cool. if you could find out and get back to me that would be cool. ~Dave

oh yeah happy birthday Sarah!!!

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