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Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Birthday Party Success!

Our little guy is 1, officially a toddler. (sigh!)

We had a great weekend celebrating the big milestone. Grant and I have had a bottle of '96 Dom Perignon sitting in our fridge for the past 5 years (I kid you not), just waiting for the right occasion to be consumed. When we bought our house, I was 9 months pregnant, so that was a no-go. We thought about having it last year when we were in the hospital after Hayes was born, but the whole nursing thing kind of put a damper on that. So we decided it would be best to finally break open the bottle by celebrating making it through our first year of parenthood.

Cheers to us!
After a champagne toast of Friday evening, we headed to Akasha for dinner, the same restaurant we dined at the night before Hayes was born - something tells me this is going to be a new tradition of ours :)

Saturday was busy, busy, busy getting ready for the big party. The weather held up, the place looked great, food all came together nicely (thanks to Nini, a lifesaver who should seriously consider having a catering company on the side!) and Hayes was in all of his glory being in the spotlight. It was a great day and a fantastic 1st - I think we've set the bar high for parties to come :)
The loot...
12 months of Hayes...
Favors: mustache lollipops for the grown ups, books for the kids ...
Photobooth...
Hayes and his friend, Gavin goofing around...
Birthday cake deliciousness...

Charming the ladies (and making moves!)...
Kicking his feet up in his new lazy boy lounger...
 For those of you who couldn't be there for the party, here's some video of Olie's poem and Hayes enjoying his first taste of the good life (aka Pepsi Cola cake with Mama Mailloux's buttercream frosting...):


Sunday - the boy's actual birthday - was very mellow in comparison. We figured the best gift we could give Hayes was a day without a car ride (probably his least favorite activity, besides having his nose wiped) so we hung out around the house, walked to brunch at Factors and spent some daddy/son bonding time out in the mancave watching the Miami game on his new Lazy Boy lounger while Mama made some chicken tortilla soup. 
Silver dollar pancakes and strawberries... yum!
It was a seriously great weekend. We had so much fun with all of our friends and family who made it to the party (although we missed those who couldn't be there dreadfully!) and it was nice to have some quiet family time to reminisce about what was going on exactly one year ago, when our lives changed forever and Hayzey boy came into our lives. 
Happy birthday Booginhead :)

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