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Two Years.

31 Aug

What a difference two years makes…

So tiny in my arms.

NOT so tiny in my arms.

Trying to wrap my brain around the fact that on this very day two years ago Mr. Henry came into our lives.

Happy Birthday sweet boy.

Much more coming to celebrate your big day…

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A Blue & Green Birthday Bash!

1 Sep

Well, it’s official.

I have a toddler.

And while I’m not totally ready to admit it yet…one thing is for sure. If Henry is no longer a baby-then we sure did send him into Toddlerhood with one heck of a 1st Birthday Bash!

For months people have been asking me “What’s the theme for Henry’s 1st birthday party?” And for months I’ve been saying…”There isn’t one.”

I wracked my brain trying to think of something fun and original…but everything I came up with seemed “too cheesy” or “too girly.”

I mean let’s be honest-when you have a one year-old that’s as cool as my son, you can’t very well decorate your house with flowers and hearts to ring in a first birthday, can you?

No.

SO-I thought about what some of my favorite things are…and thought-heck…our guests won’t care about a theme if we distract them with LOTS of candy and killer cheesy potatoes, right?

Without further ado…a picture tour of Henry’s big day…

This Pottery Barn Art Easel was our gift to Henry…but it also made for a killer decoration 🙂

I made this banner and all the fun decor hanging from the ceiling…call it the teacher in me 🙂

This was the cake table. (DUH.) Along the back of the table I had all of Henry’s monthly pictures, and then filled in the rest of the table with fun pictures from the past year including holidays and some other fun shots.

The big cake had Henry’s picture from his birthday invite on it, and the little cake was his “smash cake.”

Zoom in on this sheet cake from COSTCO. Shhhh…come closer-this entire cake cost less than $20.  And you WOULD NOT believe how goooooood it tastes.

And now-Ladies & Gentlemen…let me introduce you to the main event of this party…

The. Candy. Table.

I made little treat bags so each guest could take home some goodies…

This was the sign hanging above all the goods…

And DO NOT underestimate the talent that our friends and family have to put a serious dent in all that sugar…because this is what the table looked like at the end of the party…

Well done people, well done. In fact, I’ve spent the last few days being harassed by several party-goers who have been blaming their recent tummy-ache’s on Henry’s candy spread. WHOOPS.

A shot of Daddy Perks & The Birthday Boy!

A shot of Henry eating…a task he takes VERY seriously.

Shot of me giving a little speech, thanking our guests for helping us survive our first year of parenthood.

Seriously y’all-we couldn’t have done it alone.

And now…on to the cake…

He was slightly skeptical as to why we put an open flame in front of him…

But after a little help with the candle from Mom  & Dad…it was time to dig in…

He was dainty at first…

And even at one point yawned as if the cake was no big deal

But once he realized what was in front of him…

He was like a kid in a candy shop 🙂

But once the cake made it’s way to Hank’s nostrils, ears, and hair…we figured it was time to pose for one last family shot…

And get this boy cleaned up for some presents!

He was SO excited…

He got some FABULOUS gifts…

Basketball hoops…bicycles…TONS of clothes…

And even his very own…

Louisville Slugger Baseball Bat.

This boy is SPOILED and LOVED.

But nobody loves him more…than his perky parents…

Happy 1st Birthday Boogie!

And at the end of the day…after all the candy, cake, and presents…

It was just a boy, and his balloon that reminded us…

It’s the little PERKS in life…

(And even though, he’s not-so-little these days…he’ll always be our baby.)


One Year Ago.

31 Aug

One year ago today you were placed you in my arms for the very first time.

You weren’t even cleaned up, and I was a bit delirious after 18 hours of labor…but there was no denying the immediate love we felt for each other.

I couldn’t have possibly known just how much that love could grow so much in 365 short days.

And as I think back on all the memories we’ve made together in just a year-I’m just so proud.

Proud to be your Mommy.

Proud to call you my son.

Proud to think about all you’ve accomplished in your short time here on earth.

And the best part is…we did it together-You, Me, and Daddy.

Henry-Daddy and I love you more than we could ever put into words.

You have taught us a new, better way to love. A better way to live life. To appreciate the little things. To laugh more often.

You’ve helped us realize our greatest accomplishment was the day you were born.

And every day since has been a gift.

Happy Birthday little man.

You are our entire world.

Birthday Perks.

5 Jun

Knowing that I get to call these two boys “mine” is a better birthday present than I could have ever dreamed of.

27 years old today.

And loving every single perk that life has been bringing my way.