Monday, July 22, 2013

Party Day!

We celebrated Liam and Finn's 1st Birthday on Saturday. We started the party with a trip to Thanksgiving Point's Farm Country. I was surprised to find Liam soaking up the whole experience with wonder and excitement, while Finn was less than thrilled to be out in the sun, looking at, hearing, and smelling funny animals.

Liam interacting with the goat and watching the horses

Finn with Auntie Whit, Carson, and Grandpa J

Taking a break in the shade!

I think everyone had a good time at the farm...although it was stinkin' hot.
At one point B turned to me and asked "Why did you have to give birth in July?"
I didn't even grace that with an answer.

After the farm, everyone came together at the Shaw's house for some dinner.

I am not a cook or baker. But I did make this cake. Mom and I spent all night and morning putting this together, including the banner. Maybe all that time watching "Cake Boss" paid off...okay you can stop laughing now.

Cake Time: Circle the 2 things that are different in this picture.
Liam devoured his piece and Finn had a "slight" meltdown.

Gift Time went a little better.

The night ended with letting our balloons go.

Happy 1st Birthday Baby Boys! We love you so much!

**Note: I feel prompted to make a statement here. When the day was over and we had laid the children down to bed, I sat on our bed and started to cry. When B asked what was wrong, I expressed with regret how I had missed out on the whole spirit of the day because I was too stressed about making sure everything was perfect, that my kids were excited, and people were satisfied. Instead of soaking in the day for what it was and slowing down to really enjoy my children on their birthday, I was overly anxious and completely wiped out physically and emotionally from worrying about things that really don't matter. I have since vowed to not make that mistake again. Just embrace the moment, because it won't happen again. 


  1. Yay Mama! You made it to a year! You're amazing! Those boys are SO darling. And, your statement at the end...I've done that more times than I care to count. The past couple of years,I really have tried to keep things simple so that I can enjoy my family on special days cuz I hate feeling that way at the end of it all. My life is going to be even more simplified in the future :) haha P.S. The cake and little banner are so cute :)

  2. Megan - I suggest a pool party next year! Yes. Embrace the moment. Also, let others help you - it takes a village or at least a committee! We love you!