Ben Sure Knows How to Party For His First Birthday

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.

Ben’s First Pumpkin Carving Party

Carved Pumpkins
Another year has gone by and it’s that time again: pumpkins! We couldn’t miss this year because it’s Ben’s first of many appearances at the pumpkin carving. See, can’t you tell he’s super-excited about it?
Very Interested
Because of Ben, I was a little bit torn this year on my design. Should I go with something a bit less frightening and more cute or stick with what I’ve done in the past? It was a toss-up, I had two designs but only one could win (really, both could have won, but I had enough energy to carve one).

There was intense concentration with the pumpkin carvings this year:
Kuma even put in her two cents worth while Paul was carving:
I'll Let You Know if Your Pumpkin's Good Enough
After all that hard work and pumpkin guts, I’m proud to present this year’s pumpkins!

Howlin' Wolf
Jesse’s Fierce Wolf. Howling at the moon or getting ready to attack? You decide.
A Face or an Owl?  You decide.
Bob’s Optical Illusion Pumpkin. What do you see?
Goulish Skull
Jen’s Goulish Skull. Yep, went with the creepy. Ben’s too young to be freaked out by it.
Creepy House
Amanda’s Haunted House. Sufficiently spooky for Halloween.
Classic Jack-o-Lantern
Paul’s Jack-O-Lantern. Sometimes, the classics are the best (no stenciling required).

Now, what’s special about this year is that we had the World Series Game 6 to watch afterwards. The beauty of DVR, we were able to pause the game and watch it virtually commercial-free. Nothing was ruined for us as long as we didn’t venture out onto the Internet. We all intensely watched the game:
Watching Game 6 of the World Series
Not Interested in Game 6 of the World Series
That was one outrageous game! I don’t think I can handle another game like that! Go Cards! Now, on to Game 7!