Sunday, November 27, 2011

Birthday Bash

Hooray for finally having internet on my computer!  I don't know if the wireless adapter I ordered got lost in the holiday mail, or what, but it took a long time.

Anyway, three weeks ago was Xander's birthday.  For his actual birthday, Grandma, Grandpa, and I took him to Jungle Bungle for pizza and to play in the tubes.  He had a blast!  He wore himself out climbing through the tubes.  He got to the point where he would lay his head down for a quick rest before taking off again.  It is definitely something I will take him to do again.

That weekend we had a party for Xander at the community center.  I choose turtles for the theme for multiple reasons.  First of all, when Xander was a teeny tiny newborn fresh from the hospital, I frequently remarked how he looked like a little turtle.  He swam in his clothes and he was so skinny and wrinkly, his neck looked like it was peeking out from the "shell" of his shirt.  Later when Xander began eating solids, he would literally attack the spoon.  We always joked that he was a little snapping turtle.  Therefore, a turtle theme seemed to fit.  He wore a turtle shirt with turtle shoes, he had a turtle cake, the invitations and decorations also had little hand cut paper turtles.  I also set up turtle crafts for the kids to do.  The party favor bags included mini bags of goldfish, homemade turtle soaps, and bubbles.

Unfortunately, many of our friends ended up getting sick that weekend, so it was a rather small group.  Regardless, Xander was surrounded by many people who love him.

This is his cake.  I didn't get to do quite as much detail as I would have liked, but it wasn't too bad.  The turtle from the top ended up being his smash cake.

Here is the banner I made to hang at the party.  I have one picture for each month.  It was really neat to see how he changed over his first year.

It ended up being a lovely day.  I am so blessed to have him in my life.  The one year milestone definitely reminded me how quickly it is going!

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