Holidays are always chaotic in our household. The day is carefully planned ahead of time and our time is limited at each place we go. Ah, such is life. Declan liked every food he tried, and had a ton of fun visiting with our visiting family members. Josh’s mom and step-dad had recently turned part of the garage into a rec room type situation, and it became Remi’s favorite place to hang out during our visit. We love visiting with family, and watching Declan form bonds with people he doesn’t see everyday.
Our crazy Remi girl is now 8.5 months old and making our life a little more chaotic. But we love her just the same and she makes our lives just a little more bright. She loved hanging out in the garage and fetching stray ping pong balls while people played. Remi LOVES Josh’s little sister Megan, an d they’re both thoroughly worn out by the day’s end every time we visit.
How was your Thanksgiving?
We’ve found that holidays are so much more fun now that we have a child, watching him discover and realize that it’s a special day and getting to play with family he doesn’t always get to see is so fun for us!
For Declan’s first birthday party, I didn’t want anything too cheesy or cartoon-y. Our favorite book to read together for much of his first year was “The Little Blue Truck”, and so that was his theme. We kept it simple and pulled colors from the book – royal blue, orange, and yellow. We kept food easy and served roll-ups from Costco, as well as fruit and veggie platters.
The party was held at our local community center, and with children invited, I knew they would need something to do. I decided to set up a play corner, and bring some of our more open ended toys from home. I made Declan’s smash cake as well as the cupcakes that were served to guests. I completely dropped the ball with photos, and didn’t take as many as I would’ve liked, buuuut such is life!
This sweet boy knew the drill and went to town on anything that was put on the tray in front of him. Including his cake! It was his first time having anything that sweet and sugary, but he loved it and it made for some great entertainment.
Happy Birthday, Declan Joshua!
We love you so.
Happy 1st Birthday, Baby Boy! Because your birthday fell on a Wednesday this year, we had to work. Mama did her best to make your day special anyways! We went to the Aquarium of the Pacific, and you loved it. You had a blast looking at and playing with everything!
We had been waiting until your birthday to cut your hair, so we met up with Daddy after work and did just that. You cried, and you hated the process but once it was over you were just fine and looked oh so cuuuute! You’ve gotten haircuts regularly since then (at a place we actually like) and handle it like a champ.
After your haircut, we went to BJ’s for dinner and shared our Pizookie with you. It was your first taste of ice cream and you l o v e d it. You also slept horribly that night. We were out late and you fell asleep on the way home, probably before we even left the restaurant parking lot.