Saturday, October 27, 2018

Chase's 9th Birthday - Part II

Part II of Chase's 9th birthday celebration was a dinner at our home with all of our family. Chase requested one of his favorites: "breakfast dinner!" We had pancakes, bacon, eggs, breakfast casserole, fruit, and orange juice. Literally this boy could eat those things on the daily and never complain!

We had cake and ice cream, per our usual. He requested a chocolate cake with cookies n' cream buttercream filling, and Pikachu-yellow frosting. It was ginormous, but delish!


Happy Birthday, dear Chase...


Big wishes for this big boy!


E and his cousin enjoying their cake & ice cream.


Time for presents!


GASP! He was so excited!


This kid LOVES gaming.


And his love of Mario is still quite strong!


A Golden Ninja mini-figure!


Sweet baby squish (in a bag). Adorbs.


Time to assemble the goods! All hands on deck!


We had a great time celebrating Chase with the family who was able to join us tonight! We love y'all bunches and are so grateful you were able to join us to celebrate the amazing miracle that is our sweet boy Chase!

Friday, October 26, 2018

Chase's 9th Birthday - Part I

Can you believe it?? We celebrated Chase's 9th birthday today! What an amazing blessing this sweet boy is to our family. He has the biggest heart -- especially considering he only has half of one! -- and he is so kind and compassionate. He loves all types of gaming (video games, coding, etc.), would eat hamburgers and applesauce from Culver's 24/365 if he had the option, is super crafty and artsy (he loves coloring pages and drawing), and can't get enough Pokémon!

We celebrated with a family dinner last night at -- you guessed it: Culvers! -- complete with frozen custard with two toppings for the birthday boy. We knew we wouldn't have time to celebrate with a family dinner on his actual birthday due to LO's play tonight after a week of theatre camp. And somehow, this was the only picture I took of Chase at his family birthday dinner! hahahaha!


So this morning, we had birthday pancakes for Chase before LO left for her last day of theatre camp. We even woke up Squish so he could join us for the festivities. That sweet babe usually sleeps until 10AM or 11AM, so he wasn't quite sure what was happening with an 8AM wake-up! Bless.

Here's the birthday boy with his birthday pancake! Can you believe he's 9?!




Oh look! Someone was all smiles once he realized there would be FOOD at this event. LOL!


Happy Birthday, Chase!!!


After LO's play tonight, we picked up pizza to have a late dinner followed by ice cream sundaes and... finally... gifts for the birthday boy!!!











Tomorrow night will be a family birthday celebration (breakfast dinner by request) with grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, etc. And of course, cake (chocolate with cookies n' cream filling, and yellow "Pikachu" frosting) and more ice cream!

And as if all of this weren't enough, next weekend he's having a birthday party with his buds from CC... a sleepover party! He's so excited about this one! Lots of Wii U playing, Pokémon card trading, cake and ice cream eating fun to be had by all!

I'm sensing a pattern as I write all of this into one post. It's obvious we do birthdays right around here: a seemingly endless supply of food and ice cream! LOL!

Happy 9th Birthday, Chase!

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Squish's First Birthday ~ Part IV

Part FOUR!? Yes, part four. Apparently. Because as the youngest of four kids myself, I subconsciously didn't want Squish to feel "less than" since he's the last baby. So here we go! Part four of Squish's 1st birthday!

I'm quite certain there are maybe 12 pictures of me as a child in existence. And that includes family portraits. So I'm hopeful that the overabundance of pictures from Squish's 1st birthday party will be adequate. ;)

Ready for his big day!


All three teeth are present and accounted for!


Beautiful high chair decorations courtesy of the birthday boy's big sis, of course!


Working on that standing skill before the party guests arrived... LOL!


Time for dinner! Mexican food! One of his (many) faves. Looks like the first course was, well, uh, cheese.



Baby likes cheese.


Smash cake on point! I went with minimal frosting since he barely made it through the frosting on his first smash cake (for the photoshoot) to find the actual cake. Also pictured? A cake for the guests and some raspberry petit fours that actually turned out more like grande fours.





Squish's 1-year frame! I love having one of these for each of my kiddos. It's simply amazing how much they change in 12 short months!


Meanwhile, the party prince is ready for his close-up! Actually he was just being super goofy so I was obviously inclined to take a zillion pics. This was after dinner, and I promise -- he ate more than just cheese! Trust. Me.







It's all fun and games until the CAKE comes out! His face!!! #priceless




He enjoyed us singing "Happy Birthday" to him. But he didn't take his eyes off that cake!


Finally! Yum!



"Yay!!!" = Clapping.








I think he was pleased with his cake! Here he is entertaining Daddy, Gramma, and PaPa.


Finally it was time to call it a night and put an end to the week-long birthday festivities for Mr. Squish. We had a beautiful day with family celebrating this perfect little nugget!

Happy Birthday, my sweet Squishy! Mommy loves you bunches!!!