January 22, 2012

A Very Monkey First Birthday!

It was a great first celebration of our son turning ONE! Even with all the snow and ice we had here in Ohio, I was so thrilled and blessed that so many family members made it to his party! What a great time we had! And thank you to all my family who came and made it a super special day to remember!!!!
I mean, your only baby turns only ONE, once, right? This time is so priceless!

Another HUGE blessing this day was getting to Skype with Steven/Daddy during the party...all the way from Afghanistan! We sang happy birthday together and Steven watched Nathan have help blowing out his first birthday candles! I'm sure neither of us will ever forget it! (**tears**)

I carried a "monkey" theme throughout the party with my decorations (and so to make it easier, these decorations look very similar to my baby shower decor from last weekend):


And my Dad made a wonderful cake (he's our family "cake boss")! :

And I made some food: 

corn muffins, to go with the chili.
  
Spinach, Pasta & Almond Salad. Yum.
...recipe from THIS cookbook.

And baked macaroni & cheese. (and pizza, not pictured)

And some "monkey" favors for the kids:
And "monkey" food favors for the adults:
(Twizzlers= monkey vines, Banana Chips= monkey snacks, and
Chocolate Covered Banana pieces= monkey bits)
"Thank you" to Pinterest for your inspiration for this!

And our amazing ONE year old... on deciding how to eat his first piece of birthday cake (hands free):



And some of my favorite people: my family.


(I stenciled a monkey design on Nathan's shirt for his party. Copied the design from HERE)

 And the kids even entertained themselves by creating superhero capes out of tape and tissue paper (this craft was purely all the kids imagination): They all looked like they had a great time too!
And Mommy, with her ONE year old little monkey:

 We are so excited to watch you grow, our precious son! Daddy and Mommy love you so very much! Happy Birthday Nathan!

1 comment:

  1. We are so blessed to have you so close that we could celebrate with you too. Such a special little family you are!!! We love you all so much. Mom/mommo

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