I'm not sure where I got it into my head to do a themed party for a one year old, but I figured that I love doing these kinds of things for everyone else, why shouldn't my kids benefit from it?
I also determined to stop if I was getting stressed.
And get lots of help.
And while I was quite busy, I did enjoy it all! My amazing sister came both on Saturday with her husband to help us settle in after 10 days in BC and then again on Sunday night slept over to help me with setting stuff up on Monday morning. I honestly could not have done it without her.
She took care of the decorations, I decorated the cake and prepped most of the food.
And then people started coming. And my Dad made a barn. A barn, people! It was awesome.
Both boys loved it, Jude loved all the attention and family and friends and we just sat and ate good food, talked, took pictures (again, thanks to my awesome sister for taking a whole whack of pictures that I just would not have got had it just been me taking them!) and just enjoyed spending time with each other. Because really...that's the best part about birthdays.
You rarely remember what someone got you a couple years ago for your birthday, but the laughs you share and the jokes that happen...those usually stay with you forever!
Now Jude is still too little to remember much of what goes on these days...but I know that all the love and warm fuzzies are sinking in...letting him know that he is LOVED.
Because there were far too many great pictures to choose from, I made a collage.
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