(all right, so it's edited, but you get the idea :))
We all had an awesome time at Russell's birthday "beach bash" at a local park shelter on Saturday!
After 2 good naps for the birthday boy, the party started at 3:30 was supposed to start at 3:30, but when the first guests arrived the birthday boy was not yet awake and balloons were still being blown up :) Oh well!
Once Russell got there, he had a great time. He was so good! I was warned that babies can be very crabby at their party (all the attention can get overwhelming), but he had lots of fun.
Russell is my grandmother's 4th great-grandson (no girls!)
A little QT with Mimi:
So many of Russell's little friends joined us at his party. We laid outdoor blankets and toys on the ground in the hopes that the crawlers would stay put (ha). At least in this pic, Parker (and Eliza in the foreground)are still on the blanket:
Jason's grandmother and dad:
And the singing! Russell was smiling and happy to hear "Happy Birthday" - I don't think he knew everyone was singing to him, but he liked it!
Do you think he's had too much sugar lately?
Family photo (with the cupcake):
Opening presents was great - he loved everything and didn't mind (too) much when a couple curious babies walked over to try out his new toys :)
He was fascinated by this singing birthday card!
Side note: I didn't get my first laptop until I was 18! Kids these days... ;)
What a fabulous party for a fabulous little boy! Russell, I can't say enough how much you are loved. So happy to be your mommy.
What a fun birthday Russell had! (Or at least I thought so!)
To start, he had a big boy breakfast: eggs and strawberries. (Two foods babies aren't supposed to have until one year old - although Russell had actually had both before.)
And now he's eating small pieces, with the pincer grasp!
Continuing with food, Russell had his first cup of whole milk today! (Yes, we made it to 1 year of only breastfeeding!)
Yeah, this was about the only sip he took - looks like we'll have to work into milk.
And what is a birthday if you don't have cake? Jason and I sang "happy birthday" to Russell and gave him a cupcake - he knew what to do this time :)
Russell also got to see both sets of grandparents today! He especially loved my parents' new dog, Bogie. From the time Bogie came in, Russell only had eyes for him. He kept saying, "dog...dog." When he was allowed to pet him, he was very gentle. I was so impressed!
Then, Paw Paw and Kacki came over to give Russell his first birthday gift! Once he was able to see past the ribbon...
...he opened it and loved it!
By the time he got to bed, he didn't make a peep! He had a great first birthday. We can't wait for his party tomorrow!
Father's Day is a very special day for our family:
*Father's Day 2004 - Jason and I met
*Father's Day 2009 - Russell's due date
This year was one of the less eventful Father's Days - except, of course, that it was Jason's first!
So we had a very nice time this weekend as a little family of 3. On Saturday night, we went to a little festival in town (finally, something we didn't have to drive 30 minutes to!) It was actually really fun: there was a free petting zoo that Russell liked, some rides and food, and one of our favorite beach music bands!
(I only took cell phone pics - I love photography, but it's like cooking - some days, when you don't have company, you decide to make hot dogs instead of a gourmet meal :) )
Russell and Jason swinging before the festival really got started:
Jason watching the band and Russell playing with the grass:
Tonight, we went to dinner at our favorite pizza place, and Russell ate his first pizza!
Jason entertaining Russell:
Happy Father's Day to all dads - especially ours, and my wonderful hubby!