Ahem. Excuse me while I finish off my glass of milk and wipe the icing off my mouth from leftover cake and ice cream.
And our barn cake...
Ok, I'm ready now.
Happy 1st Birthday Jace! Our boy turned 1 on September 10th and we celebrated with family and close friends on Saturday. It was an awesome celebration for an awesome little guy! My non-theme was a farm theme. In the beginning I wasn't planning a big themed bash but Greg thought I could get in trouble with Child Protective Services if I deprived my son of a non-themed first birthday party. So, I caved. I ended up really enjoying the theme and actually had sooo much fun in preparation for the party!
Here is the birthday boy sporting his overalls...
And animal cupcakes...
I couldn't be more proud of this little guy. I am so thankful to be his Mom!
He got a little scuffed up prior to our guests arriving. He took a tumble down our front steps (under my supervision--darn it). I felt so bad that he got hurt and especially on the day of his party but heck, he's a boy. This stuff happens, right? (That's what I keep telling myself to avoid feeling guilty.) He did get over it pretty quickly and was his smily, normal self again! :)
It usually takes him a little while to warm up to people. Here he is staying nice and close to Dad.Nana and Papa Tonagel bought Jace this awesome "Cozy Coupe" car. He loves this thing. He has only had it a day and has spent HOURS and HOURS in it! He likes to be pushed around the driveway and up and down the street.
His cousins liked it too! Here they are pushing Jace around (or maybe trying to figure a way to get Jace out of it so one of them could hop in) :)
Here Jace is snuggled up with Jeff and Uncle Joel.
Now let's get this party started with some singing and cake! Charlie serenaded Jace with the birthday song on his guitar. He started us out and asked everyone to join in and sing along! Thanks Charlie! This was one of my favorite moments of the day!
"Is this whole cupcake for me?!"
"Hmm.. does it go here?"
"No, I think it goes here. YUMMY!"
"Happy Birthday to me!"
Now time for presents! Unfortunately, Jace was more amused by this stick than his actual gifts so Mommy and cousin Charlie enjoyed opening all his presents. Thank you family and friends for being so generous! He received clothes, pajamas, toys, books, puzzles, a personalized book of Jace's ABC's (A-Z of family, friends, and things important to Jace) and much more. Everything was so practical and will get lots and lots of use!
We snapped a quick family shot during a time-out of the Notre Dame vs. Michigan game (thanks Greg for allowing us a whole 30 seconds of your time!)
It was such a wonderful day and a great celebration of Jace's first year of life! We do feel incredibly blessed to have such a happy, healthy boy. Greg and I snuck in his room on the eve of his birthday, admired our sleeping baby (can I still call him a baby? I think I will), and reflected on the past year. He has brought us more joy than we ever expected and we just love seeing him grow! We are so thankful for each of our family and friends who help make celebrations like this so special.
Happy Birthday buddy.