Madeley’s Spooktactular Birthday Breakfast

On Friday, our sweet Madeley James turned FOUR!

We celebrated BIG TIME all day long!  Here’s a little look at her special day…

Before the big kids went to school, she opened her presents from us.

She was so happy 🙂 .  And then right after drop off, we got ready for her little birthday party with friends!!

It was Madeley’s Spooktacular Birthday Breakfast!  We invited her friends to come over at 9:00 for donuts in their Halloween costumes.  Fancy Nancy here was so excited!!


Four!!!  How is she already four?!

We had birthday donuts made at the local donut shop.  Madeley was super pumped about this!

Ah!  I loved the theme to this party.  As a Halloween baby myself, I have many great memories of costume themed, spooky birthdays 🙂 .


Didn’t Amy do a great job with this year’s birthday sign?!  It matched the invitation I sent out.  So cute!!  Don’t forget, you can buy signs from Amy HERE.


Bags for her friends to take their crafts home in.






Those are goodie bags hanging there filled with Halloween books, coloring books and crayons for her friends’ party favors.

Waiting for her friends to arrive 🙂 .


Baby Violet arrived!! When Madeley told me who to invite, she said Violet 🙂 .  She loves her so much!!

It was a really cold and rainy day…perfect for friends and donuts.


Abigail and Madeley


We sang Happy Birthday…


…and then enjoyed our breakfast.


They crafted, the mamas chatted…it was delightful!

She can’t get enough Violet 🙂 .



These girls are all SO SWEET!!  Four of them are the youngest of four and the others are all the babies of their family too.  They are just really sweet little girls.

Willow, Hadley, Libby, Madeley, Abigail and Britt (and Violet was there too!).

Everyone helped her open gifts…

…and the mamas took a selfie.

It really was a fantastic birthday breakfast!!

Later that night, we met my parents, Samuel and Isaiah for dinner at our favorite restaurant in McKinney…Cadillac Pizza Pub.  Sean and Catherine are on a trip right now, so it was just us for supper.

Those boys!

The birthday girl!!!


Isaiah loves him some Kensington!

And Smith!  Hahaha!


I love Madeley’s face back there.

Don’t worry Sean and Catherine, Smith is taking great care of the kids…

It is a universal fact that all Lowes have giant heads.  These two included.  Sigh.

Miss Madeley got to open even more presents from Papa Jay and Lovie!

And then we sang to our sweet girl once again!



Between now and January (when Smith turns 9), we have 0, 2, 4, 6, 8 and 10!

For an extra birthday bonus, Samuel came home with us after dinner and spent the night with his cousins.

We were all really pumped about that!

It was a great day!

All around 🙂 .

To see all of my kids’ birthday parties from years past, just look below.  It’s a great time to check out all of Amy’s signs.  THEY’RE AMAZING!

Happy birthday sweet Madeley!

To see Kensington’s parties from years past, here you go…
Kensington’s Big Apple Birthday
To see Ashby’s birthdays from years past, here you go…
Ashby’s Frozen Swim Party
Ashby’s Princess Party
To see Madeley’s birthdays from years past, here you go…
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  • Sarah October 22, 2018 at 4:57 am

    Happy Birthday Madely!! Hope your Daddy spent the day with you too??

    • Mix and Match Mama October 22, 2018 at 5:10 am

      Hahahaha! He was there the whole day (even part of her donut party), but didn’t make a single pic. I didn’t notice that until you pointed it out. That’s funny!

  • Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog October 22, 2018 at 5:04 am

    What a party! From the setup to the food spread to the presents, everything is perfect! Madeley must’ve been one happy girl for sure! 🙂 ❤️

    Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog

  • Erika Slaughter October 22, 2018 at 5:15 am

    We had the best morning at Madeley’s party! You’re lucky I left-it was super cozy in there with the fire, the candles, and twinkling lights…I really could have stayed all day!

  • Carly October 22, 2018 at 5:21 am

    As soon you posted this on Instagram I couldn’t wait to hear about it. What a perfect cozy birthday! Also, this Fancy Nancy might be the cutest thing I’ve ever seen…does it top Moana?!

  • Beth Knecht October 22, 2018 at 5:23 am

    I never noticed the deer/other animals hanging in your great room/living room. Did Andrew get those? Were you okay with them being hung or was it a compromise?

    • Mix and Match Mama October 22, 2018 at 5:31 am

      Hahaha! Oh, I want him to be happy, so it’s okay with me.

  • Amy Heinl October 22, 2018 at 5:25 am

    What a sweet brthday idea…she was so precious in her costume and you can see how excited she was…and the picture that brought tears to my eyes was the one where she is looking out the window waiting with such joy for her friends to arrive which is such a contrast to what her little life would have been like looking from the confines of her orphanage. Oh what a picture of what love can mean to the life of a child and how wondrous our Lord is to move mountains so she has found her forever home. Once again…happy birthday sweet Madely

  • Mary October 22, 2018 at 5:33 am

    Happy Birthday Madeley!

  • Mary October 22, 2018 at 5:48 am

    What lipstick are you wearing in the picture with your Mom?

    • Mix and Match Mama October 22, 2018 at 6:08 am

      It’s Stila Perla 🙂

  • Elspeth Mizner October 22, 2018 at 5:52 am

    Awe what a fun birthday! I love how simple and creative your birthdays are! So fun!

  • Narci October 22, 2018 at 6:03 am

    What a fun birthday!!! Everything looked so cozy and festive!! 🙂

  • Sarah Shaneyfelt October 22, 2018 at 6:27 am

    What a fun birthday party!!! My birthday is this Thursday but even with it being so close to Halloween, I never had a costume party! I need to change that haha!!

    • Mix and Match Mama October 22, 2018 at 7:10 am

      It is?! So is mine!!!

      • Sarah S October 23, 2018 at 5:34 am

        Yes!!! My due date was originally on Halloween but my mom did not want that so she did everything to make me come early, so I was born early on Oct 25!!!

  • Alexis deZayas October 22, 2018 at 6:51 am

    What a perfect birthday!! Love that y’all got to celebrate all day long!

  • Melissa Terry October 22, 2018 at 6:57 am

    I love the idea of having a few friends over for breakfast and making a craft. I’m definitely storing that plan away for the future. Small parties with cute themes are my favorite!

  • Sheaffer Sims October 22, 2018 at 6:59 am

    Miss Madeley obviously had a wonderful time being celebrate! Love that girl!

  • Amanda @ Cupcake N Dreams October 22, 2018 at 7:03 am

    Aw how sweet is Madeley in her princess birthday costume! I’d love to have a donut birthday party lol. That is pretty cool with all the kids spanning two years with their cousins. What a great day!

    Amanda @ Cupcake N Dreams

  • Rebecca October 22, 2018 at 7:13 am

    What a great birthday!! Happy, Happy Birthday Madeley!!
    My daughter Ellie Jayne and I were talking about you this weekend. I made your yummy pumpkin muffins and she was in love!! I told her I found the recipe on your blog:) I need all the help I can get in the kitchen.
    I also made your cornbread sausage breakfast casserole and then made your potato sausage soup for my mom, which she loved. It was her first birthday without my sweet Dad, so I loved that she enjoyed a yummy lunch. We had all taken her to dinner, but I wanted something warm and cozy for her for lunch. So a huge, THANK YOU for making my mom and Ellie smile this weekend.

  • Ralinn October 22, 2018 at 7:33 am

    Happy Birthday Madeley! What a fun and festive party. Amy makes the best signs. She has such talent. Abigail and her mismatched shoes is so sweet. It reminds me of when my daughter was little. It looks like it was a wonderful and cozy party.

  • Amanda Wilson October 22, 2018 at 7:44 am

    I love how you do birthdays!!! Violet!!! I hadn’t seen an update on that?!?! I am assuming this is great news???? October birthdays are the best!!! Have a great week Shay! Go Red Sox!!!

    • Savanah Wagner October 22, 2018 at 9:58 am

      I was wondering the same thing!! How exciting!

    • Holly Clark October 22, 2018 at 9:34 pm

      I was thinking the same thing when I saw the photo of Violet. I was praying for her family and so happy to see them together.

  • Jessica October 22, 2018 at 8:08 am

    such a cute idea for a party! and I’m cracking up about Andrew not being in any pics hahah. Im always the one taking the pictures so most of the time I’m sure it looks like I’m not there either! hahaha

    • Mix and Match Mama October 22, 2018 at 9:11 am

      I found his arm in one. Hahahahaha!

  • Jenna October 22, 2018 at 8:10 am

    What a fun day for your girl! It seems like it was so fun from morning to night! Have a great week!

  • Meagan Ruse October 22, 2018 at 8:26 am

    Madeley has always been so sweet and gentle with Violet! I love how she talks to her in a tiny soft voice. It’s precious!!! We had the best time! I didn’t want it to end!

  • Jessie October 22, 2018 at 8:39 am

    Such a fun birthday idea! Love costume parties. My 3 month old has the same outfit as Madley in the last few pics, it is super cute!

  • Angie G October 22, 2018 at 8:44 am

    Super cute party! I always love how adopted littles look so much like their family; the pic of Madeley and Abigail…Madeley looks so much like Smith! The sweetest! 🙂

  • Jordyn Barrett October 22, 2018 at 8:49 am

    Oh, this is the sweetest party!! My sweet girl turns 1 in two weeks, and just looking at all your kiddos parties makes me so excited to plan and celebrate my littles! Thanks for sharing!

  • Debbie October 22, 2018 at 8:57 am

    What a sweet little doll she is! I love the pictures where she has her little hands folded and her toes crossed, and where she is wearing her little orange and white jammies with Samuel. All just adorable and what a party she had! Love it, especially those donuts! 🍩🍩🍩🍩🍩

  • Kelly Buffington October 22, 2018 at 9:26 am

    What a fun way to celebrate Miss Madeley! Your kiddo’s have the best birthday parties:).

  • Marci October 22, 2018 at 9:33 am

    Such a cute party!
    Where did you get that adorable light up pumpkin on your kitchen counter?

    • Mix and Match Mama October 22, 2018 at 12:03 pm

      Hobby Lobby 🙂

  • Anna S October 22, 2018 at 9:36 am

    I enjoyed seeing the mis-matched dress up shoes being passed from Abigail to Madeley. lol!

  • Barbara Parnell October 22, 2018 at 9:39 am

    Such a cute little party..she is a lucky little girl! Hope the year ahead bring wonderful things her way!

  • Dianna October 22, 2018 at 10:01 am

    I love so much about this post! I love that Samuel came to spend the night with you all! I love the antlers I never noticed but we also have some up in our house. I love a donut party (I am already planning a first birthday donut and pj party for my little girl that is still 6 weeks from her due date! ha!) And I love that Madeley is grinning from ear to ear on her special day!!

  • Jordyn October 22, 2018 at 10:28 am

    Can I just say that it made my heart extra happy to see Violet? My heart has said many prayers, for a long while, for her, so I just loved that little detail you shared 🙂

  • Jennifer October 22, 2018 at 10:32 am

    Looks like such a fun and special birthday weekend! You have a beautiful family! Quick question– where did you get that orange and black checkered tablecloth on the table at Madeley’s birthday party?

    • Mix and Match Mama October 22, 2018 at 12:03 pm


  • Amanda @ That Inspired Chick October 22, 2018 at 10:36 am

    Ahhhh this party reminded me of my own parties when I was that age!! I always got a Halloween spin too which I loved!! Looks like you all had such a fun time! Her new birthday sign looks awesome!
    That Inspired Chick

  • Jennifer October 22, 2018 at 11:44 am

    Smith is looking so grown up! Is he as tall as his big sister now?

    • Mix and Match Mama October 22, 2018 at 12:03 pm

      Just about!

  • Leanne Gilchrist October 22, 2018 at 12:11 pm

    Ahhhh, Smith! LOL! I know this is a post about Madeley, but I can’t get over Smith with Isaiah! He’s hilarious, his face, his love of babies! I tell you what, Madeley and all of her faces, she just slays me. I have no idea how you get anything done at home, and you’re not always laying out in the floor, laughing at her! What a ray of sunshine joy she is. I love her wake up hair. Sigh. Thanks for the joy that you spread, Shay.

  • Angela Ellingson October 22, 2018 at 12:22 pm

    Such a fun-filled day!! I’m sure the birthday girl felt loved all day long!

  • Cindy October 22, 2018 at 12:38 pm

    Adorable party. Where did you get the gray bowl with the pumpkin in it on your table?

    • Mix and Match Mama October 22, 2018 at 12:54 pm

      Oh goodness, I don’t remember????

  • carol October 22, 2018 at 2:13 pm

    great memories!

  • Susie October 22, 2018 at 2:28 pm

    So happy to see baby Violet! I had been wondering about her and had prayed for her and her family! Sweet party for your girl!! ❤️❤️

  • Kendra October 22, 2018 at 2:52 pm

    What is that Minnie toy Madeley is holding in the last picture?? Looks like something my daughter would love! 😀

    • Mix and Match Mama October 23, 2018 at 8:23 am

      It’s part of this Minnie Mouse ice cream set. she loves it!

  • pam October 22, 2018 at 4:18 pm

    What a darling, loving family you have! And what a fun 4th Birthday for sweet Madeley!
    Rooting for the Red Sox here–we’ll be thinking of you!

  • Callie October 22, 2018 at 5:47 pm

    My heart was so happy to see Violet! I think about her anytime her momma shows up on your blog!

  • Scarlett Spangler October 22, 2018 at 7:17 pm

    I’ve gotta say, besides Madeley’s sweet face… my favorite part of her birthday pictures is the picture with her friend Abigail, because Abigail has 2 different shoes on! Kids are the best, that made me laugh. =)

  • Kacy Mah October 22, 2018 at 9:04 pm

    This was so sweet – love her you and the entire family!

  • Joanne October 23, 2018 at 9:55 am

    Happy birthday to sweet Madeley! I was so excited to see little Violet pop up in this post as well!

  • Liz Thorson October 23, 2018 at 12:02 pm

    What a magical, fun-filled happy day for Madeley! She appears to be blessed with such a joyful zest for life! What a gift she is to your sweet family!❤️

  • Shakira October 23, 2018 at 3:28 pm

    So cute! I love the whole day, from the donuts and crafts to the family dinner and Samuel staying over with his cousins! Party all day!! I was wondering, are Madeley and Samuel still the same height? Are they still as close as before. or has Isaiah stolen Madeley’s attention?

    • Mix and Match Mama October 24, 2018 at 5:17 am

      They are the same height! And they are still suuuuper cute! They’re really sweet together 🙂 .