Today was a most wonderful birthday celebration for our little one year old! Here are a plethora of pictures for you to get a glimpse of our special day. But before I get to the pictures, guess what the chap did yesterday for the first time, the day before he turned one. Any guesses?
He took his first steps! It shocked me, and I’m so glad I caught him in action! He took three or four steps toward me and I was ecstatic. I couldn’t get him to repeat it, and didn’t expect him to for another week or so, but surprise, surprise, he did it again today during his birthday party, several times. He still approaches the new-found development cautiously and carefully, but it won’t be long till we have on our hands a full-blown walker. So it’s a good thing I bought new tennis shoes recently to run after him effectively. <grin>
Without further ado, here are some pictures from today:
All the decor before the guests arrived (you can click on the images to enlarge them). It was so fun decorating, making our home bright and colorful. Hubby’s 32nd birthday is Tuesday. Do you think he’ll mind me using “first birthday” decorations for him as well?
We enjoyed a small, intimate party with a few dear friends: Rob, Leah and Evan (little 2.5 week old Ella Kate stayed home, but I got my hands on that precious girl last week) and then Chris, Jill (who was greatly missed but celebrated with us in heart) and their two kiddos, Harrison and Haddie. And last but not least, our special Pops and Meems. We started off with some homemade guacamole and The Pioneer Woman’s jalapeno poppers, which were a hit (among the big people)! Seriously, Ree was right when she wrote in her cookbook to make three times the amount of poppers you think you’ll need. For lunch, we grilled burgers and hotdogs, and the jalapeno poppers were tasty on the burgers, too. And Momma made some delicious potato salad. Then to top it off, I made Brennan’s birthday cake which was chocolate citrus.
It was a blast watching the four kiddos play together! When the three older kiddos were done with their lunch, Brennan desperately wanted out of his high chair so he could continue joining in the fun. And Miss Molly was a crowd pleaser as well.
Eating his first hot dog and some scrumptious potato salad.
Once the other three kiddos finished and started playing again, we moved Brennan over to the adult table while he finished his plate. But don’t be mistaken, he’s not really looking at me taking the picture so much as he’s looking at the other kiddos playing and wishing he could join them. Which he did.
Funny boys! I just noticed the top of Haddie’s head and her pig tales at the bottom of this picture. <grin>
A Christmas princess.
I love this picture of Brennan getting ready to eat his cake and laughing at Harrison. It’s always Haddie’s and Harrison’s goal: to make Brennan laugh!
It seriously doesn’t take long for the mess to begin.
That’s affirmative. He likes it!
Kim at Kim G Designs was so kind to have Brennan’s bib made for me in time for his birthday. I thought it was so cute!
Our family of three enjoying some yummy cake. But it looks like Brennan is ready to get down and play again.
These are some happy campers!