Monday, July 30, 2012

Happy Birthday Gavin (part 2) The Details

I have soooo many awesome pictures thanks to Brooke that I think I am going to break Gavin's party up into a few posts. That way I will not overwhelm you! This post will focus on the details of the party.  My favorite part! ;)

Here is a screenshot of Gavin's birthday invitations, which Brooke pulled together for me!

His party was elephant themed, but not just any elephant. I designed the party around the elephant that was used in all of his monthly pictures, Ellie and all of her friends. (They are all Jellycat brand and so adorable) I probably love them way more than he does! :)
 I also wanted to do something with all of the millions of pictures I have taken throughout his first year, so I tried to incorporate his monthly and weekly photos into the decor. Since Ellie is made out of corduroy type material I used navy corduroy fabric, burnt orange and kelley green for the main colors. I made all of the decor with some help from my husband, Ryan and Pinterest of course!  OH, and my sister did all the beautiful lettering for the party. She is amazing!


Here is the dessert table. Gavin mommy really, really likes desserts! Since it was a come-and-go party in the evening we served a large assortment of desserts with just a few snackie items.




We ordered the cake balls and mini cupcakes from cupcake bliss. They were absolutely delicious!

Gavin really likes ice-cream sandwiches (he really does) so I knew I wanted to use them. I just jazzed them up a bit! These are regular ice-cream sandwiches dipped in sprinkles, wrapped in a cellophane bag, and tied with raffia! SUPER easy!
"One year in a flash"  Definitely what it feels like...I can't BELIEVE it has been a year! These are his monthly pictures that show his crazy growth throughout the last year! The picture stands are .99 each at ikea.


I found adorable vintage peanut bags with elephants on Etsy. I filled them with popcorn, various nuts and peanut M&M's.


A few of Gavin's little friends came to the party as well so I wanted to make sure we had enough snacks for the the babes! I just filled the cups with various toddler treats (puffs, yogurt bites, goldfish and teething biscuits.)

  My husband will only truly enjoy dessert if he has a nice cold glass of milk to go with it. So, I went with this "milk & cookies" idea. I bought mini Starbucks frappicinnos and used the coffee for the "adult coffee" we served. I washed the bottles so guests could fill them with milk to go with their dessert.

My friend Kirsten made these AMAZING Poppyseed sandwiches and they were a huge hit!

We also had a trifle bowl filled with fruit in the colors of the party of course ;)



We served iced tea, flavored water and a delicious Starbucks "coffee" frappaccino with a hint of Bailey's ;)
I decorated the mantle because this is the area in my house where everyone gathers. I knew we would be opening presents over here and so I put his high chair in the living room for the cake smash. My wonderful husband cut and painted the giant 1 out of wood and he also cut out the elephant  to match the fabric I bought! He hammered nails about 1 inch apart around the outside of the elephant and I used yarn to fill in the body of the elephant. I think it turned out pretty cute and original! 





I used the same chevron pennant I made for Brooke's baby shower, here.


I found this adorable high chair on Craigslist and painted it mustard yellow (with a little leftover brown paint from the living room to tone down the brightness :) )
I just covered a cardboard party hat with leftover fabric and followed this tutorial on how to make the yarn puff at the top. I sewed the bowtie using this tutorial and saftey pinned it to a white bib. I made the cake topper with 2 straws and left over fabric and paper.

For Gavin's birthday photo shoot we attempted a cake smash using a real cake. He was not too thrilled about it...
...So I wanted to try something slightly different. I decided to use ice cream sandwiches since I know he likes those. I just stacked them together and covered them with cool whip and sprinkles...took me 5 minutes!

We decided to do a time capsule for Gavin. We asked guests to write on a piece of paper advice for 18-year old Gavin, a favorite memory or verse...anything they wanted. We also want to put deposit slips for savings accounts started for him in there - that will be a fun surprise when he's 18! I also included his party invitation, everyone's birthday cards from the party, and I will probably add some photos from the party once I get them printed out and maybe his birthday hat :)

The book on the right is such a special treat for Gavin that his aunt Stephanie made for him. She is a great writer and she decided to write a book for him where he is the main character, Gavin the Great. She plans to continue the adventure series each birthday! What an incredible gift that he will cherish forever!
We don't have a very big backyard, but we had a swingset, bubbles and chalk outside for the kiddos. Upstairs in the playroom we had a little ball pit, basketball goal and a bunch of Gavin's toys for the kids to play with! They loved it!

For favors we handed out, The Saggy Baggy Elephant book to go with our elephant theme. It is the cutest book and now his friends will have something from his birthday they can actually keep!


I had to add one picture of the birthday boy!

Check back later for part 3: The Party

Friday, July 27, 2012

12 months!

Gavin Reid you are 12 months ONE YEAR old!
 What have you been up to?

*Update:  at your 1 year appointment you weighed 22lbs 13oz (51%) and you were 30 1/2 inches tall ( 74%)!! 

You just transitioned to size 4 diapers! You are still wearing 12-18 month clothing and looking oh so cute. You are sleeping great, about 12 hours (7:15pm-7:15am) and you haven't woken us up in the middle of the night in months. If you do wake up, you sit up, search for your paci in your bed, put it in your mouth and throw yourself back onto your tummy. You go right back to sleep and never make a peep! (We have seen you do this several times on the monitor and we die laughing every time!)

You eat only table food now, and are a really good eater!  Your favorite foods this month are bananas, grapes, grilled cheese, and yogurt. You tolerate veggies but do your best to pick around them. You will start whole milk as soon as we finish this carton of formula! A new game you have created is intentionally dropping food onto the floor when you are finished eating. Your faithful partner in crime, Stella, is always there waiting below to capture your discards. As seen above, you think you are pretty sneaky and funny. It was hard not to laugh at first...but now Stella is the only one laughing :)

You really focused on your motor skills this month. You made it pretty clear that if you were not moving you were not happy! (more on that later)
It started with a little standing

...not only going up the stairs but DOWN them too!

...climbing on EVERYTHING!

video
...and first steps on June 24th, 2012, a few weeks before your first birthday!


You were much more vocal this month and debuted your lovely new sound. I call it Pterodactyl screaming. You love it and I hate it. You do it when you're tired or when we have to redirect you (keep you from going up the stairs),  but also just because sometimes.  It's super high pitched and you'll hold it for a really long time. I think you feel powerful, but it hurts my ears and it's embarrassing! 


Now that you are walking, you finally wear shoes! So far they haven't bothered you too much, but it makes you look like a little boy instead of a baby :(

Like I said before, you have spent most of your time learning how to walk but I also feel like you are listening ALLLLL the time. It amazes me how much you already understand. You know most of the vocabulary that we use in our routines and can follow directions to "find your paci" or "give me the ball." You know the names of a lot of your toys and you are imitating some speech & motor movements too.
This is a picture of you raising your arms to show your finished. You will also try to brush your hair when you see a brush, hold the phone to your ear or feed us with a spoon. OH and you are finally saying "mama" You don't call for me by name, but you finally say it when we ask instead of just "DaDa" like this....
video

video
this video was taken when you were first learning to say "mama"

You LOVE to give high fives as well. You are not selective and will high five anybody if they ask you! 

You went on your first boat ride and swam in your first lake at Papi and Gigi's in Wisconsin!
 all ready and geared up for a day of fun in the sun...


 ...minutes later :)

I have to admit, this was probably my favorite part of the day :) You never fall asleep in my arms anymore. Loved holding my big sleepy boy!

You did finally wake up and join us for a brief swim in the lake!

You started tugging at your right ear all the time, soooo naturally I thought you might have an ear infection. However, this is a picture of you at the Dr's office. You don't really seem sick do you? :) The doctor said that sometimes when babies are teething, they can't locate where that pain is coming from so they pull on their ears. Reportedly, your daddy also pulled on his ear when he was a baby too :) Just a quirky thing you do I guess!


You are very playful and love games like chase, hide and seek...or just hitting.

You still do not like having your clothes or diaper changed. You will fight me to the end on this! Some things I have found to distract you are...the tube of butt paste, the box of wipes or using our hand to pat your mouth which make an Indian sound. Hah! You LOVE to make this sound on your own!
video


Sweet Gavin,

I can't believe this day is finally here! This day has always seemed so far away to me and yet here we are! I remember washing your 12 month clothing and hanging it in the very back of your closet, and holding you when you were a newborn thinking "there is no way you he will ever be this big!" I just knew you were going to stay teeny tiny forever...but you didn't. And I am so proud of the sweet, handsome, lovable little boy you have become and are still becoming. Your Daddy and I pray that you will grow to be a man of God rooted in truth and spirit of the Word. We pray that your will be bold and courageous, full of God's wisdom and power as you speak that Truth...and that your life will be a glorious reflection of Christ at work in you.  We love every single thing about you and can hardly remember what life was like before you. You changed our world in the best way possible the day you were born, and everyday it gets better and better. We love you so much Gavin Reid! Happy FIRST Birthday!

Love,

Mama and Dada

a look back...

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Happy 1st Birthday Gavin!! (part 1)

I thought pancakes would be a fun tradition to start birthdays off right!
 



He agreed!







a little later that day....
I will post more pics soon!