When trying to decide what to do for their first birthday, I really grappled with the decision to have a big party or just something small for family. We decided to just do the small family party.
But, as soon as I made that decision, I decided I still wanted to do something with the babies friends, so I decided we should have a birthday "playdate" with some friends and their mommies.
Then, G.G. and Grandpa Mike couldn't make it to our family party, so we ended up celebrating at their house on the boys actual birthday.
So, we ended up having 3 birthday celebrations for 2 boys! What fun! Here's some pics to enjoy! The cupcake photos are dedicated to (soon to be) Dr. Aimee Rogers ;)
The Birthday Playdate at Our House:
Kaitlyn and Parker
Javi in eating action
Benjamin is excited!
Colton and the Twins play some b-ball
Seth has a dance party with Jacob, Nathan and Morgan
Ethan decides to check it out:
Morgan, the model (this girl knows how to pose for the camera!)
Ami and 2 of her 3 Bunchkins, Ethan and Colton
Heather and her twins, Taylor and Hunter.
Just kidding. Hunter is the third Bunchkin.
Shannon and her little men.
Karen and Kara
The twins check out a present.
Parker helps me open a present.
Happy Birthday Parker!
(notice his green cupcake)
Happy Birthday Ben!
Seth helps Ben blow out the candle on his BLUE cupcake
Mmmmm... this is pretty good!
Did someone order a large "ham?"
Whatcha lookin at mom?
"This frosting makes a good hair gel too!"
"I LOVE frosting!"
I kept insisting that this was not a birthday party, it was simply a playdate to celebrate the boys birthday. Scott finally said, "B.J., if someone asked you what you did today and you said 'I had a bunch of kids over, opened presents and ate cupcakes,' what does that sound like to you?"
He may have me there. But, it just seemed a lot less stressful to me to call it a playdate and not a party.
At G.G. (Grandma Gwen) and Grandpa Mike's House on the boys actual birthday:
"You mean we get to do this again?!"
"Too much sugar..."
We might be taking this whole Ben wears blue thing too seriously:
Seth helps Grandpa Mike clean off the frosting
In Phoenix at Grandpa Martin and Grandma Bambi's House:
Victoria and Parker
The Peoria Martins and the Madsen Twins
Aunt Donna and Benjamin
Brittny and Ben, Victoria and Parker
More cupcakes!! These weren't nearly as messy.
Uncle Tim spends some fun time with Parker
Ben likes his new toys!
Ben helps me open presents from Aunt Maggie
Seth plays Legos with Aunt Donna, Brittny and Grandma Bambi
Uncle Tom feeds Parker
Cousin Mat and Ben, Uncle Tom and Parker
Whew, 3 celebrations can really tucker a big brother out!