Fun Fiesta Birthday Party

My baby turned one, or should I say “uno” last week! I cannot believe the speed in which this last year has passed by! Like a super-duper whirlwind! Is that normal? Maybe it’s just that there are so many people around me all the time, it feels like a whirlwind… maybe that’s it : )

We had a fiesta for Oaks’s first birthday. It seemed a good idea since it is so close to Cinco de Mayo. And who can pass up chips and cheese dip/guac/salsa… better yet, mango salsa? Not me. It was quite yummy! And we had a fun time hanging with family as usual!

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These balloons are so fun! And they don’t require helium.

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I made burrito cakes! Each “burrito” is a vanilla sponge cake rolled up with buttercream icing inside and decorated with icing and starburst candies. Wrapped up in its foil, you really can’t tell it’s cake from a distance! We had fun eating it, too!

He started sipping from a straw too! Way to go, Oaksie!

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I love that you are getting so big, but I’m sad it’s going by so fast! This year you’ve helped me keep my cool and have brought much peace to my heart.

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You have three teeth and sweet little curls. You love to eat, can crawl and pull up, like to dance, like to imitate laughing, can clap, say “ball”, “mama”, “dada” and what sounds to be ” Ezra” (big brother).  You’re not sleeping through the night yet. You are a good shopping buddy and like to people watch.  You love to wrestle with the brothers in the pillows. Everybody loves you! (especially me) Each day is brighter because you are in it!

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Happy first birthday, my baby!

The Playing Days

While they ran around the yard, I grabbed my camera to hopefully capture a few candid moments of their happy playing. The simple game was to slide down one at a time and run into the person in front. A burst of laughter each time the next one came down and rammed the other. It was such simple fun. I love it when they get static hair. I just sat there and watched them keep going, one after the other, up the ladder, down the slide, bumping into a brother or sister and just cracking up! It made me happy to see them playing together in harmony if at least for a little while. It will be good for them to see and remember the carefree days when they played together and made up silly games.

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A side note, just so I will remember… this day was good… even though one kid has croup, one missed school because of fever and I probably got 3 hours of sleep that night before, it was still good. And did I mention I love slide static hair?

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I’m so thankful to God that I have these babies. I struggle most days to try and make life fun for them. Usually I feel that my time is pulled so thin across all of my duties as a wife and mom that I end up like that duck in Sandra Boynton’s Happy Hippo Angry Duck book. They remind me daily that it’s OK to be silly; it’s a requirement even!

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And can we just talk about this kid’s sweater for a second? Baby model! He is really into making his own clothing choices these days. But babies and sweaters…and that stare though…it’ll burn a hole through you!

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Can we say stair steps?

 

On your mark … get set …… Go-fer! Ghost! Goat!

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Go!

On to the next thing!