Today is my birthday. And I am 34.
I don’t have many regrets about my life. There are a few…
I wish I had been nicer to my brother growing up.
I wish I hadn’t judged people so harshly as a growing Christian.
I wish I had quit Bible College and lived with my Nannie her last year of life.
But overall,
I feel happy with how I have turned out.
And I definitely don’t feel 34.
Maybe its because my husband is 4 years younger than me. That must say something for my youthfulness.
Or maybe its because of these little ones. They definitely keep me laughing. And even though I feel like a thousand years old because of them most of the time, I still look at myself and think, “Am I really old enough to have kids?!?”
Or maybe its because of my friends…
Friends who make me laugh. People who help me see the truth in the sometimes frustrating and annoying world. I wish I had pictures of all of these good friends but here are some….
Heidi and I at Evy’s baby shower
Joy and I at her wedding…
Elisha and I at ladies tea…
SoShawna and I wearing cowboy hats in Texas right out of college.
Alisha and I after Evy’s baby dedication
My cousin Brooke and I at Shari’s wedding..
Or maybe its because of my family. The people who put up with me through thick and thin. Maybe its because of them that I still feel young and happy.
But regardless…whatever the reason is that I don’t feel 34, I have every reason to thank the Lord for getting me this far. So thank you Lord for such a wonderful and full life. Thank you for my friends, my family, for the people who make this life worthwhile.
And even though I have to say this day isn’t really going that well…
thanks to a 3AM sewing night and lots of orders to get out
and hoping my kids will behave when we all know they aren’t going to
and expecting something from my husband for my birthday and not being thankful for you DID get
{ahem…I’m sure we’ve all been there!}
I know I have so much to be thankful for.
I love you all so much. Thank you for making me ME- a 34 year old Amy. :)

Understanding Mom

As a child and a teenager, I remember hearing my mom say things like:
“Be nice to your brother.”
“If you don’t listen to me I’m going to send you to your room”
“Call me when you get there.”
“Call me if you are going to be late.”
“Give me a kiss goodbye”
And I remember thinking…
“Why should I be nice to my brother? He’s such a pain!”
“Fine. Send me to my room, I’ll do it anyways.”
“Oh brother, do I really have to call her everywhere I go?”
“Does it matter if I’m going to be late?”
“Can’t I kiss you tomorrow?”
Motherhood is so misunderstood.
I realize that now that I am a mother.
I understand now.
She loved me.
She was a mother.
And sometimes being a mother means you won’t be understood until your own kids become mothers {and/or fathers}. Because really, being mother doesn’t mean its about YOU as the mom, it means its all about the babies. Its about the people who make you a mom…Your children.
So mom, thank you. Thank you for loving us. And even though I didn’t understand all the time then, I want you to know I understand a little bit better now.
And kids…I know you may not understand now. But someday, I know you will. I love you. Thank you for making me a mother!
A beautiful poem written by my friend….
Not Just Another Day” …. from me to Oliver who makes me a Mom
by Kamala Burton
On Mother’s day you are highlighting me
But in my heart it’s really about you
When we are apart
Snippets of thoughts of you
Skip through my brain out of nowhere
And bring a smile to my lips
That occasionally escapes as laughter

When you are around I relate better to others
I have something in common with
Those I would normally miss
In your company conversations open up
And I see you make others smile
They just can’t help themselves
And neither can I

You bring out affection in me
With your constant
“I love you, Mom’s”
And those eager embraces around
My legs or waist
Or my face in your tiny hands
When you pull me close for a kiss

Because of you I am more me
I am not as afraid
To express who I really am
I can’t be fake in your presence
You see and hear everything
And reflect back to me my feelings
Because you are still so sensitive
I am hopeful when I think of
The fusion of genes in your compact body
Because they have greater potential to
Create the person I am not;
One who’s empathy is coupled with drive
And boldness accompanies dreams

Since you came into my life
Appearance doesn’t matter as much
I have a new confidence that comes
From purpose on the inside
And without you this would be
just another day for me
Happy Mother’s Day to all my dear friends! You are special and loved!

Happy Birthday Evelyn!

One year ago today, at 1:15 in the morning, my baby girl
 Evelyn Margaret Wollmer Miraflor
arrived into this world.
She weighed 6lbs 3oz and was 20 inches long.
and she had blonde hair and navy blue eyes…
This baby was a Wollmer from day one.
And she stole our hearts.
Evy, we love you so much. You brighten my every day with your two-tooth grin. You are Jake’s biggest fan. And you make your Daddy’s heart melt. I hope you have many more wonderful and blessed years to come. We thank the Lord for bringing you into our lives. You are truely have been the life in our world!
Evy’s First Birthday
Tues, May 4th
We had Evy’s birthday party last night, and what a great party it was! Many of our good friends and family were able to come out and celebrate with us. We had a dessert party…a bunch of yummy sweets to honor our little girl, because what girl doesn’t LOVE dessert?!? :)  We had soo many wonderful pictures, thanks to my sister’s awesome camera! Sorry for the excess pictures, but I had to share some of them…and document this special day for my baby girl.
Evy all dressed up for her party. Wearing a Dear Lillie Tutu {Seriously the best tutu I have ever seen and so so reasonably priced} and a Joyfolie headband.
So I COMPLETELY forgot to get a picture of my table all decorated and the baby book set out for friends to sign. I took a picture this morning with our horrible camera. YUCK…and you can see the mess on the table haha. But I think you can get the idea.
Mumsy, my mom, with Evy.
The dessert….
Fabulous fruit from Edible Arraignments…our friends Jen and Stephan own the one on Trinity Parkway here in Stockton. MUST HAVE for any party!!
Ok, I’m a loser, but I’m a sucker for Costco’s chocolate cake. Seriously, I have tried many other cake recipes and have never found one I like as much as thiers. So cheesy, I know…but here is a decorated Costco cake! ha
Coconut cake…the cake my sister in law Lia introduced to me almost 15 years ago. I have made it for pretty much every birthday party {as has Lia :) } I have had the last several years. If you want the recipe, email me. You won’t regret it!!
So I was supposed to make cupcakes too, but at the last minute I got overwhelmed and called Kat’s Cakes and got these. So glad I did!! They turned out darling!
The roses on the top tier of this stand are called Evelyn. They are my favorite rose and smell just heavenly. I was thrilled to bits that my Evelyn rose bush had its first flush this weekend. Perfect timing!!
This little cake is so special. My niece Brooke is taking a cake baking/decorating class and she made this for Evy. Didn’t she do a good job?
Me and my girl…I love her!!!
Could anything be sweeter?
My sister, me and Evy. My sister is the best sister anyone could ever ask for, and one of my bestest friend on this planet. I thank God daily for her. She does so much for me!
Evy’s bib was a gift made by my good friend Alisha. :)
Evy with her cousins, Brooke, Brittany, and Emma. Emma is the cousin who Evy looks just like as a baby. :)
My dear friend Elisha and her girls Ava and Alayna. Elisha was such a trooper! She dressed her girls up as ballerinas to match the tutu theme, and then she wore her leotard and tutu as well. Did I mention that Elisha is a real ballerina? Well she is, so that explains why it looked so good on her! :)
Getting ready for cake. Evy’s beautiful bib was handmade by my friend Melanie, of Lollipopprincess, who was at the party. Seriously, if you need a good bib like this, you much contact her. it is just DARLING!
Singing to the birthday girl {who’s chowing down on some fruit, hehe…my kind of girl!}
The first birthday mess..
We tried so hard to get a decent picture of all the tutu girls {and Jake} but do you have any idea how hard it is to get little kids to pose for a camera? IMPOSSIBLE. So this is what we got.
Opening gifts…which Daddy mainly did while Evy wiggled in my lap.
If these aren’t the faces of over-enthusiastic parents I don’t know what is?!? Wow!
You can’t see Evy’s face, but this was a doll given to her by her Uncle Abel and Auntie Judy Miraflor.
Her reaction to the doll was AWESOME!! She was so excited at first, but then when we took it out of the box, she couldn’t decide if she should clap or scream!
And of course…after the presents, we are exhausted and so cuddly. I love you Evelyn!!
Just a little note…
My nieces were the ones taking most of the picutres last night and since they have to be so true to form, they had fun taking random pictures. Just a couple of the many CRAZY ones I found on the disc. :)
We love you Evy!!

Under Construction…

As you can see, my blog is getting a little facelift.
You can read in THIS POST how, after almost four months of chaos and complete lack boundries between my personal life and my new little business, I came to conclusions that I need to separate the two …
Amy and Evy’s Tree.
So this is my first step in the right direction. :)
Rita, over at Rita’s Sweet Shop has been working with me and I CANNOT say enough about her. Her prices are very reasonable and for someone like me who has no patience for this stuff at all, she has made this all very painless. She is soo soo sweet {must be why she named her shop thus, hehe}.
Anyway, the blogs actually aren’t finished so you will probably see a few changes over the next couple of days. Feel free to browse and check out the new Evy’s Tree blog… even though its not done, it looks sooo fab. If you haven’t become a follower, I would love for you to. Probably do a little giveway on the Evy’s Tree blog coming up soon!