Thursday, June 28, 2012

Family photos...flops!

Trying to take a family photo at a birthday party full of people and toys and noise was like trying to pull teeth.

Exhibit A:  Nathan...."I'm more interested in what's going on over there guys...boring, yawn"....

Exhibit B:  "Ahhhhhhh...get me the hell out of this picture"

Exhibit C: "Ugh, I would rather stick my finger in my eye than have to take one more pic"

 Exhibit D:  "Okay guys, I'm really serious about that finger in eye thing"....

So, no family pic of us on his birthday.  Oh well...these pics probably paint a much more accurate picture of our family anyways!!!!!

Sunday, June 24, 2012

The party..part 1

Nathan's birthday party was last Sunday.  We had 25 people at our house for a BBQ, drinks, and plenty of fun.  Most of the party consisted of adults (with a few exceptions) since we're new to the area and most of our friends with kids live elsewhere.  Nonetheless, Nathan had an absolute blast and was a total trooper with only being able to have one nap instead of his usual 2!!!!!

I wanted to post the 'decor' and theme of the party first.  Mainly because I'm not very crafty or creative and I was actually quite pleased with how everything turned out.

We did the Hungry Caterpillar Theme for 2 reasons:  1) Nathan loves the book (and so do mommy and daddy) and 2) I thought it would be super cute for a 1 year party since I had lots of ideas from pinterest.

This was the favor / present table.  For party favors we did boxes of jelly bellies for the adults and loot bags for the kids.

We had a BBQ complete with sliders, mini hotdogs, and cold salads.  On the main food table we also had an assortment of food based on the book: cupcakes, watermelon, apples, pears, lollipops, pickles, cheese and the list goes on and on.....

We had an amazing cake (with a train of cupcakes) made by a local bakery (idea from pinterest) and she did a fantastic job!!!

 We played a slide show of Nathan on the "big screen" packed with our favorite pictures.  I still can't believe how much he's changed over the past year.

 I didn't get to take all the pics that I wanted since my DSLR camera decided to go ka-put right before the party, so most pics are from my amazing sis (thanks Auntie Renee).

Our guests were dispersed throughout the house as well as in our "shoe-box" of a backyard.  

Overall, I love how everything turned out.  I'm such a procrastinator and the day before the party and the morning of were a little stressful (okay, a lot stressful) but was well worth the anxiety!!!!

Next up, the party itself including pics of the little guy!!!

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Birthday weekend Part 1

Friday was the BIG birthday.  And when I say BIG birthday, what I really mean is that it was Nathan's first birthday, and it was also his mommy's birthday (aka my birthday).  In case you're new to the blog, Nathan was actually born on my birthday....what this means however, is that I will likely never have another birthday.  It's okay though, because I love my boo so much, I'm willing to share all of the attention with him:)

We planned the party for Sunday but we still wanted to celebrate on Friday so we took the fam to the Toronto zoo.  It's been over 20 years since I've been to a zoo so I was really pumped to go.  Plus, I was excited to see Nathan's reaction to all of the animals.

The weekend was extra special because my family flew in from Newfoundland...nanny, aunt Renee, and Uncle Todd were all there for the action.

I think the giraffes were all of our favorites because we could get so close to them.  Nathan just kept staring at them.

Then the boo started getting a little sleepy so he decided to go for a nap in his stroller (something he rarely does these days).

 Then we headed back with the entire family and had a BBQ at our house...complete with some yummy carrot cake (my favorite).  Nathan seemed less than impressed that he couldn't dive into the cake right away and had to actually wait for the happy birthday song....geez.

 Overall, we had a great day and I'm so glad we did this.  I can't wait to share all of these pics and memories with our little guy one day.

Next up....the party and the 12 month post (can you believe it??).

Monday, June 11, 2012

Sneak Peak

Yesterday we had Nathan's first year pictures done with the very talented "Little Rosebuds Photography".  Nathan was such a little trooper and remained very happy for 99% of the photoshoot.  We started the shoot with some family shots, then some pics of the just the little guy, and then we did a cakesmash.

This was by far the best part of the shoot.  We put him next to a 6" round vanilla cake with butter cream icing and let him dig in.  And let me tell you, he dug in.

The only time he really fussed was at the end of the shoot when I decided to take the cake away from him (after he had finished over 1/2 of it).  He cried.  Like full blown stomping feet and real tears cry.  Yeah, that cry.

I can't wait to see more.  This was such a little tease.

Monday, June 4, 2012

Take Me out to the ball game....

Yesterday we took Nathan to his very first baseball game.  We all watched the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Boston Red Sox.  I had no idea who to cheer for since I spent 4 years of my life as a Red Sox fan (and those fans are die hard for anyone who doesn't know already) but the hubs loves anything "Toronto".  

We weren't sure how it would go since Nathan is so active and can't sit still for even a whole millisecond so we packed the diaper bag with lots of snacks and toys to entertain him.  Mommy and Daddy were entertained with their beers:)

The first 3 innings went something like this.....

Chasing Nathan around the Rogers Center....all the while he was screaming Ahhhhhhh (just to hear his own voice)

After a few tantrums in the merchandise store, we ran to the car and got our trusty ERGO...this did the trick.  The next few innings looked like this....

And then he was up to party again....All in all we had a great day and we LOVED taking him there.  I love all of the experiences he's having already and he's not even one yet!!!  Lucky boy!!!