While making our annual year in review for this past year, I have realized a few things:
1. We were very quiet here on Cracker and Cheese
2. We took a ridiculous, seriously ridiculous, amount of photos of Ben (the joys of a digital camera)
3. We did not take enough photos of our friends and events
So, for the new year, we will try to change two out of the three things listed (guess which two) and in the meantime, enjoy!
2012 in Review from Cracker and Cheese on Vimeo.
It’s incredible how fast time flies. I know we all say, “Where does the time go?” but when you have a baby, it goes even faster. All of a sudden, he’s now one and you can’t even believe it.
First birthday parties are really for the parents to celebrate. It’s a chance for us to throw a party and have people cheer and congratulate us on not murdering each other or somehow forgetting the baby in a store or something. (And for all of you who made fun of our Post-It note, this is why Ben is still around.) Of course we were going to party like it’s 1999, bitches!
Ben’s Birthday Extravaganza was actually a three day event (yes, this baby had three birthday parties, INSANE). We started off with having a little party for his buddies at daycare on Friday. Bob and I brought some mini-cupcakes for everyone to enjoy, including Ben:
Yep, that was his first taste of processed sugar and he LOVED it. Crap. This is not going to be good for me when he starts asking for sugary treats. The kid actually cried when I took his cupcake away. Cried.
Day Two was dubbed Ben’s Birthday Barbeque Bash. This one was actually our party where we had friends come drink, eat, be merry and sit around a firepit on the driveway. (We are classy like that.) I wasn’t going to have Ben play with a cake because I thought only grandparents and family would be interested but there were quite a few requests so how could I say no? Sarah was so sweet and offered to bake his special cake. In my head, I thought she would bake this little cake with white frosting and a bit of writing. Nope, she did this:
It was so gorgeous, for a moment, I considered having Ben smash the Walmart cake instead. Since she had worked so hard on it for him, I let him have it. And he sure did put on a show:
Yep, when I took it away, he cried. Again.
Day Three was called Ben’s Birthday Brunch. We had family and close family friends over for brunch and since I didn’t go to bed until 4:30 AM and woke up at 7:00 AM, I was running on pure adrenaline and sugar (we had quite of bit of cake and sweets left over). Ben’s third and final cake was made by Bob’s mom and she had decorated it with baby puffs on it to entice him to play with the cake. As soon as he saw the puffs, he started digging for them:
Then he realized that frosting was on this cake as well:
It was incredible to see all of our friends and family this weekend celebrating Ben’s birthday. We are so fortunate to have you all in our lives, helping us, supporting us, just being there for us. Ben is such a lucky kid. As the saying goes, “It takes a village to raise a child.” Thank you for being our village.
As you well know, for the past few years, we’ve had a food theme when it comes to Superbowl and this year was sandwiches. Now, at first, I was like, sandwiches? Man, that’s hard, what the hell do I bring? What is everyone else bringing and then, ding! A lightbulb goes off in Bob’s head: pulled pork quesadillas! Mexican sandwiches, genius!
So, along with pulled pork quesadillas, there were muffalettas, short-rib sandwiches, ice cream sandwiches and a cookie cake sandwich. For those who didn’t come up with sandwiches brought along guacamole, buffalo chicken dip, chips, wings and other party foods. One thing about this group of friends, we know our foods and we are always prepared to feed an army.
Sure the game was on and the guys were watching but there was a distraction this year for me. Meet Brian, Yao and Sheena’s new addition to the family.
How adorable is he? 9 weeks old and such a puppy, it made me want one. I know, I have enough on my plate so I guess I’ll just have to make sure I invite myself over to play with him often.
And even though the game had an exciting finish and Madonna almost fell of the stage, one person wasn’t really impressed:
Maybe he’ll be more interested next year.
2011 in Review from Cracker and Cheese on Vimeo.
Since we are already a month into 2012, it’s time for us to review what happened in 2011! Totally makes sense, doesn’t it?