Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Happy First Birthday Kylie Reese!

This past weekend was full of fun things. Ryan's parents came in town for the weekend to celebrate Kylie's birthday. They brought the cutest Easter buckets for the kids and they loved them! Braden was busy checking out what all was in his.

I would have never thought that a 2 year would like harmonicas but both of them really enjoyed trying to get noise to come out of them. Thanks Granny Carol for such a great idea and bucket full of fun stuff.
Kylie even got a bucket full of candy, chocolate bunnies, pinwheel, hair bows, etc.

Are these not the cutest pajamas?! These were also part of her bucket along with some headbands. Granny Carol doesn't have much experience with little girls and their bows:-) After the kids opened their buckets, Granny Carol and Grandpa hid eggs downstairs for the kids to have a little egg hunt. The weather was not cooperating for an outside one! I didn't know if Reed and Braden would "get it" this year but they really enjoyed filling their buckets full of eggs. I wish that I had Kylie on video because that girl was trying to run to the candy on the floor and stuff as much in her mouth as she possibly could. The pink eggs had cheerios in them but she could have cared less about those when she learned the others had chocolate in them. That's my girl!! Now, onto the party planning! Have any of you tried to make these infamous cake pops by Bakerella??!! They are such cute ideas so I thought I would try to make the cake pops into little chickens for Kylie's party. Well, let's just say the picture below is as far as I got with them. They were a disaster!!!
This was the cake pops before I attempted to dip them in yellow almond bark. All the pictures that I had seen of these had such a smooth candy coating and looked so pretty. Let's just say that mine looked like the boys had rolled them around in the coating and then played with them.

So onto plan B which was to just buy a cake at Publix...I should have just listened to Ryan in the first place:-) I would like to think that we taught Kylie how to show '1' with her fingers but we haven't even tried that. Wow, how things change with your 3rd child. Sorry Kylie, I do know the "pain" of being the last child!!!
I am trying to keep up with taking pictures of her though so that her baby book isn't as small as mine was compared to my brothers, Kyle and Craig. I love you mom, but you have to admit theirs were significantly fuller than mine. Oh well! Those of you who were the third child understand:-)
We had a great turn out for her party even though the weather was not the best. Of course, it had been beautiful the whole week leading up the her party then it stormed the day before and made Saturday pretty cold. So much for an outside party which was the original plan. I have learned that I have had to let my type A personality go with three kids 29 months and younger. I am sure that will be the case no matter what their age is! Sweet little Charley with Tina. She is officially 10 days older than Kylie.
Ryan's dad brought up some crawfish to boil for the party. I was not a big fan of this idea since crawfish does not smell the best. But, I did compromise and let Ryan have it as long as they boiled them outside:-) The kids did enjoy playing outside some but for the most part, most of them stayed inside. We had planned the party for my parent's house since they have a great yard but thank goodness we did because I do not know where all the people would have fit in our house. I hope that Tori, Brady, Colton, Callie, Taylor, Weston, Charley, Reese, Rylie, Maddi, Preston, and Camille all had a good time despite the cold weather.

Kylie waiting for her chocolate cupcake. I had bought her a white cake with white icing for her "smash cake" but Ryan thought that chocolate was better so that it would show up in pictures. Next year, I am going to let him plan the party....just kidding. I love you Ryan!

When does taking a family picture get easier? We are going to get a professional picture done this summer of our family but I sure hope Tucker has much better luck than this!!!

Family Picture Take 1

Family Picture Take 2

Family Picture Take 3

Family Picture Take 4

Family Picture Take 5....Oh well, maybe next year!

This was when we were singing Happy Birthday to Kylie but I think that Reed and Maddi thought we were singing to them! Kylie didn't dig in quite like I thought she would. She ate some of it but then didn't really like the cupcake being all over her hands. Maybe she is going to be a little like her mommy.

Aunt Tina got Kylie the softest and cutest little rabbit. I hope that she falls in love with this just like Braden did with the rabbit Aunt Tina bought him 2 years ago! I don't know what it is about my dad but kids love him. Reese and Rylee sat forever and let him read to them. It was the cutest thing. Reese and Rylee are twins and they have a little brother about 17 months younger than them. I tell Lia that is is very doable but you just have to let some things go. I keep reminding myself of that weekly:-)
Charley was enjoying her some ice out of the cooler.

These were what I had planned for the activity since we were going to be inside. I saw something similar to this online but they only used one finger for the ears. Didn't these turn out so cute?!!
All you do is paint your child's palm and fingers (not the thumb) white then pair up the fingers to make the ears and push the child's hand down to make the print. Then clean off their and and paint the tip of one finger pink to make the nose then paint that same finger pink to press for the pinks of the ears!!! I put the eyes on there with glue and just drew the mouth with a Sharpie. Fun and simple!
We have had a great first year with Kylie and we pray that this next year brings as much happiness as this past year did.


MereSpeckClayton said...

you are such a creative party planner!!! love the easter painting idea!!! i cant believe Kylie is 1!! time is seriously flying:)) i do understand the pain of being the 3rd child--we never got anything:))) you have such a beautiful and precious family--so blessed!! love you--

carol said...

WE had sooooo much fun. And the party and the egg hunt and the weekend were just perfect.... I will try to send a thank you note to your mom and dad for having all of us. The food was great and the children were all so good for as many people in one place at one time. I can't get over how good and smart my grand babies are and how fast they are growing. Seems just like yesterday we were celebrating one year for the boys and here it is almost 6 months and they will be 3. It was good to see everyone and can't wait till june want to see you then. love you all and Keeley you took great pics...

susan said...

amazing, amazing, amazing! what more can anyone guys are the most 'perfect' parents I know! how do you have the t-i-m-e to plan and be so creative? plus work a REAL job? God is so good to all of us...loved seeing you all up front Sunday morning, what an awesome service we had! Susan P.