Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Baby’s Birthday Week

In our family, birthdays (especially Christmas birthdays) are a big deal.  So instead of one day of celebration, we go for a whole week.

We started off with a birthday party for all of Liam’s 1-year-old friends. Luckily for us, lots of them made the trek from LA to party.

bday party A few of his Rancho friends were able to come, too.

moms and babiesThe party had a racecar theme, complete with race. Don’t let Julie fool you, she didn’t win (though Rushton was a close second to Deanna). Race

There was even a race car cake with real toy race cars

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along with tire cupcakes and other wheel-shaped foods.tire cupcakes He started off slow, but once William figured out the cupcake contained chocolate, there was no stopping him.bday cake  bday boy Liam’s generous friends gave him awesome gifts that he loves to play with.



And still likes to play with a week later.

truck farm Dump Truck After the festivities and a much-needed nap, Liam got to play with a present from Mom and Dad:


He’s not too sure about the helmet idea, though.


After the bike ride, the whole family got a present in honor of the new one year old:

new car It’s a 2008 Toyota Rav4. Only 35k miles and drives well. So far, so good.  Many thanks to Mike and Bri for their input and good taste.

On Liam’s actual birthday, he got to open a few extra presents, this time from Grandma and Grandpa Garff.

present from grandma phone

Even though I am anti Christmas presents for Christmas birthdays, we gave him a nativity so Liam has his own “decoration”.


Not that it really stops him from taking ornaments off the tree, but we tried.

The following Friday, Steve was able to get off work early due to the company Christmas party, so we took the opportunity to use Steve’s free “Give a Day, Get a Day” pass to go to Disneyland.

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It’s kinda sad the only day that Steve could get off to go to Disneyland was just a few short hours, but we did manage to have lots of fun together.escape  jungle cruise carousel! Toad Mr Toad's Wild Ride

The best part was that the festivities seem to never end! I was able to convince Steven and William to come on my run with me on Saturday before work.

bike path

And then off to LA for Lucy and Macy’s birthday where we had lots of fun eating, exploring, and socializing.

mail crawling at Macy party What an awesome week+!!! Thanks to everyone who helped make it fun!

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Happy Birthday, Baby Boy!!!

I can’t believe our little guy is already one.  It seems like only yesterday that we were rushing across the UCLA campus from the hospital to the Bar Ceremony. Now we’re rushing across the chapel to make sure he doesn’t end up on the pulpit.

We’ve had a lot of fun with this little guy.  We knew the day we met him that those bright eyes and round face were the beginning of many months (and hopefully many more years) of fun.

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yummy dog treats

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We’ve had a lot of fun and a lot of adventures. It’s been awesome watching him grow into his big personality and to see what traits/characteristics are sticking around.  He’s still our smiling, creature-caring,  binky-sucking, social, sensitive, silly Billy.

I’m also very glad his big, beautiful blue eyes made the cut. But surprised at how he filled out from a skinny little 10th percentile force-fed guy to a 22+ lbs chunker who can be persuaded to eat almost anything (edible or not).

We love you!