Daily Archives: July 11, 2013
Well, a year has come and gone…just like that. This past year growing up with Finnley has gone by way too fast! MUCH faster than Jake’s 1st year. MUCH! I think a big reason why I feel like Finnley’s first year flew by is because I was busy chasing both of them around. Although very fun, adventurous and exciting, it all seems like such a whirlwind now looking back. Jake had a big year too! He is growing straight through his 2′s and has had many breakthroughs in just one year as well. We are so happy to be raising such fun-loving, genuinely sweet and adventurous kids. It’s an indescribable feeling.
We booked a vacation to Cabo San Lucas for the weekend after her birthday, as that was the weekend it happened to be booked for. This was an “adults only” vacation So, we planned her birthday party for the end of the month (a few days after we got back from our 5 day vacation). I made sure to make all of her decorations and solidify all plans in the weeks prior so I didn’t have to try and put anything together last minute, after returning home from vacation. I made a month-to-month banner and a few other fun little touches to make her party special. It was fun! I love crafting, especially if it’s for my kids! I made sure that all I had to do in the few days before her party was to pick up the food and her cake! And that’s how it went.
I decided to throw Finnley a Picnic at the Park! I figured it was a perfect way to celebrate as she LOVES to be outside and enjoys playing with her friends…and eating. She LOVES to EAT! So we invited our closest friends and family to come join us at a park in Penasquitos and we had a fabulous day! It was actually one of the hottest weekends in history, to date, but luckily the day of her party, it was overcast so the sun never actually came all the way through the clouds that day. It was the most we could have asked for! Matt and I really started getting nervous the night before the party because of the heat. I took a quick trip to the store and bought squirt guns and and these washcloths (that we’d keep in ice water) that he thought we’d need for anyone who was overheating. Hahaha! Didn’t end up needing those… To say the least, her picnic was a success! Matt BBQ’d hot dogs and hamburgers, there was delicious potato salad, pasta salad, watermelon on a stick (thanks Mom, you’re so good at replicating Pinterest), Ants on a Log (remember those?), chips and other great Picnic food! It was great. I think Finnley ate 2 whole watermelon sticks that day.
One of the greatest parts of celebrating a childs’ birthday is seeing all the kids together. There are so many kids now! It’s nuts. This was our first party that we held that there were actually more kids/babies than adults. Whoa, makes us feel old The kids are taking over!!! It’s pretty awesome at the same time.
We felt so lucky to have our cousins come down to help celebrate as well! Thanks Garrett, Crystal, Kelsey and Brad!
We’re looking forward to Finnley’s next year of growing, learning, exploring and playing. It’s quite the adventure and I feel so grateful to be living such a fun chapter of my life. I’m definitely trying to hold on to these sweet memories as close to my heart as possible, as I know one day I’m going to wake up and my kids will be graduating college. Life moves too fast!! We cherish our babies and all of the wonderful family and friends near and far. It’s so nice to have all the grandparents and Brian and Peris and cousins, Rory and Abi close so we can all enjoy in these huge celebrations together! We surely missed Finn’s other cousin Emma and her Uncle Josh and Auntie Mickey. Hoping to see them soon.
It was a fun day to say the least. Although it made me nervous to have her birthday party only a few days after returning from vacation, it all turned out just the way I had pictured it. I love you Finnley!!! Happy 1st birthday my sweet angel. May all your dreams come true. Forever and ever.