I will have to say I had so much fun planning Reed's 1st birthday party but it is quite stressful! The stressful part was making sure I had everything in my car before leaving Fayetteville last Thursday. I was also worried about how Reed's mood might be on the day of his party. I was hoping Reed would get a morning nap so he would be on his best behavior for his party. Well, my mom and I decided to leave the house for the duck camp around 9:45 so he would sleep for at least an hour or so. The first part of the trip was a bit tricky. First, we turned his seat around forward facing. I really liked it until we got in the car and I realized he may not take a nap as easily as he used to facing back. Anyway about 15-20 minutes into our drive, he fell asleep! Thank goodness! So my mom and I decided to keep driving even though we had made it to Felsenthal. He managed to get a really good nap which was key to the rest of the day!
My mom was such a big help during the preparation. We served hot dogs and barbecue and we had to make sure all of the food was bought and prepared before the big day! My father in law was also a great big help!!! He prepared ALL of the barbecue for the adults. It was WONDERFUL as ALWAYS too! My cousin Nick and uncle Jimmy, and my dad were amazing too. They helped the day before with all of the set up at our family's duck camp.
I know at the end of the day, it really does not matter what all you put into a kid's first birthday. It's really the memories made that day that will last a lifetime. I will have to say I had all of my 6 cousins and all of their kids there. My good friends Heather, Lauren, and Craig and their kids. My aunts and uncles. My wonderful sister and brother in law and sweet little Isabella. My mother and father in law...Lolly and Big Daddy...My mom and dad...Nana and Pops and my sweet Nanny. It was a SPECIAL DAY for sure!!! God has truly blessed our family and I will treasure that day forever. Thanks everyone for coming to Reed's first Birthday!!! He loves playing with all of his toys too!
P.S I really wish I would have taken more pics of the kiddos but I was a little bit scattered.
The Birthday Boy!
Smile Birthday Boy!
When do all of my friends get here??
Reed taking it all in....not sure what this is all about yet??
Reed is thinking about possibly letting go...
The Party Table
Reed's Barnyard Cake....I thought it turned out cute;)
Mommy and the Birthday Boy!
Baylee getting ready to slide!
This is the only family pic I got during the party and I don't really like it....1. My husband is chewing a purple Now and Later. 2. My face looks so oily. 3. Reed has his fingers in his mouth and is cutting his 13th tooth!!! (that I did not find out about until our trip home.)That explains why he was not sleeping at Nana and Pop's house!
Reed and his Lolly!
Reed's Smash Cake (lovely black and red icing)
Reed before he got his cake....waiting patiently
Reed's first bite of cake!
Reed really looooved his cake and icing!
"More please Mommy!"
Do I have to wear this hat??
Okay, all done:)
Mallory played her little heart out:)
Reed getting ready to slide!
This is Baylee (my best friend from highschool's little girl) Isn't she a cutie pie?? She loved riding in Reed's Cozy Coop!
Mallory loved to slide over and over again! It was really fun to watch!! She even managed her milk while she was sliding! Too cute:)