March 3, 2012

James' First Birthday

 I'm getting on it quick this time around! James has had a great birthday. We made his cupcakes last night, I decorated while he slept, opened his presents after breakfast, and had a party for lunch!

Making cupcakes before bed. I tried to give him the spatula I was using- he promptly put his hand in the batter on it. 
 Switched spatulas and got this cute photo of him putting his hand in the blender. It was not running, for the record.
 Decorated for the party! His gifts out and ready for the next morning.

 Not my very best creative work, but the cupcakes were good! Homemade buttercream frosting.

 Checking out his new CAT ride-on. It even came with tools he can use on it when he's older. So fun to get stuff that isn't pink, purple or covered in sparkles and princesses! 
I think we picked a good gift! He loved it.
Daddy taking him on his inaugural ride. 
We got him a pillow pet, too. It was soft - and got lots of cuddles. 

Teaching good manners- gotta open and read the cards before we can open your gift.

 Here we all are! Celebrating such a wonderful moment with our little family.
 Party time! Had to get some love from Dixie.

 Enjoying some homemade pizza and grapes before cupcakes!

 We had lots of little friends - Zayli & Zeke, Pierce (not pictured), Frankie and Isabella (littel Jaydon not pictured), Jack Ruby and Molly (they got there a little late). SO much fun to celebrate with friends.
 Maggie telling James not to touch the candle.
 Getting ready to dive in!
 First bite!
 Maggie is "helping" but really, he could do it on his own.
Enjoying his cupcake!
 Look Ma! I like it!
 He needed some milk - all that chocolate made him thirsty.
 Num! Cupcake all done!

My dear, sweet little boy-
I know you won't always be little and not always want to be with your mama (you're already quite the Daddy's Boy!) but just know I love you so much. You are a daily reminder to me that there is amazing blessing on the other side of trial. Not every blessing given to us by the Lord is so evident as you and your squishy cheeks and loud squeals, sucky lips and chunky thighs are, but they are there. I thank Jesus so often, daily, hourly, for you and how much grace He has shown to our family by granting you to us. You bring happiness to our family in ways I never imagined, and my heart has grown even bigger than I thought it ever could. Your Mommy, Daddy and Sissy love you so very deeply much! 

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