Sunday, July 31, 2011

Roll Out the Barrel...We'll Have a Barrel of Fun (Birthday Party)

...or a barrel of monkeys!

I decided to do a "Sock Monkey" theme for Luke's 1st Birthday Party.

Nothing over the top or too extravagant...just a cute little monkey-themed party including cake and decorations.

We've had a long and tiring weekend...but the fun still goes on.

Mary and I were gifted tickets to Kansas City's Starlight Amphitheater for TONIGHT!.  We are off to see Cinderella.  A sweet surprise from her soccer coach, Coach Sean.  I need to go and help my girl primp and curl for the ball!

But before I sign off...a big thank you to all friends who have dropped by to send birthday wishes to our littlest boy! Thank you so much for thinking of us and leaving your comments.  I promise to drop by tomorrow to thank you, personally.

Expecting more guests than those that arrived...I ordered extra cupcakes.  They came with cute Curious George monkey rings.

How cute is this smash cake?  I had no idea they were going to make Luke this monkey face cake...and for free!

A few extra treats for all the cousins.  I also sent home "Barrels of Monkeys" with each family.

Saturday, July 30, 2011

I'll have my COOKIE and Eat it Too!

The fun continues this weekend for Baby Luke. Last night we had a quiet family celebration with just the five of us. 

Today, my parents, sister, and nephews arrived for the birthday boy's big weekend.  We took the boys (and Mary) ;) to visit Daddy at the Fire Station.  (Pics to come)

Can't wait for the BIG birthday celebration tomorrow with both sides of the family.  So much love for this little guy.

Friday, July 29, 2011

Happy Birthday, Baby!

Although it is hard for me to believe, it certainly is true...

our littlest one turns ONE today!


I took this series of photos on our recent beach vacation.  They capture Luke's essence so well...happy, easy-going, laid-back.  Is this true about every 3rd child?!!!

The month of July has been one long vacation for us.  No complaints here.  It was so wonderful to completely unplug and spend time as a family of five along the Gulf Coast marveling in God's beauty of white sand beaches and blue-green water.  Minus the jellyfish stings...  ;)

Now we are back to reality...where August means "back to school" and the celebration of several birthdays including Luke, Mary, Mommy, and my Mother-in-Love.  Looking forward to sharing with you the fun that we have been having this summer!

And just in case you forgot...because I know I's a pic of our little one just a day old.

Mary Catherine (5) with Luke Alexander (1-Day Old)