lucas turns one

Can you believe it? This little guy turned ONE last year. 

A few weeks before his birthday, I met up with his parents at Lapham Peak for some pictures. Lucas had been walking around 10 months old, so he was on the move this whole session. 

He was quite excited at first but then the excitement died down a bit after a half hour. However, then his dad brought out his old tractor and Lucas' eyes lit up. Maybe I should also mention one of his first words [if not first] was tractor. He was so excited there was a tractor his size to sit on. 

A couple weeks later, close friends and family got together to celebrate this wonderful one year old. He was a little unsure about his smash cake at first, but soon dug in and proceeded to get frosting just about everywhere. 

After he was cleaned up, Lucas had help opening his gifts before joining his cousins running around and playing outdoors. It's safe to say this guy had a pretty good birthday! 

grandma turns 89

It was my grandma's birthday earlier this week + today we got together to celebrate. It is hard to believe she is 89 years old! She's always on the go + I'm pretty sure most nights she stays up later than I do. 

I also snapped a few pictures of my cousin's baby since he's walking now. Huh. Feels like I can no longer call him a baby. 

[Unrelated - soon I will be posting more pictures from photo shoots this past summer! I know I'm behind, but stay tuned.]

kenley turns two

A couple weeks before Kenley turned two, I took a few pictures of her. You may have seen some of the valentine ones here, but these are some additional ones we took that same day. 

Onto her actual party. It was Peter Pan themed. Kenley loves Peter Pan, maybe because her parents read her the book every night before bed.

I know the basic Peter Pan storyline, but compared to Kenley, I know nothing! She knows all the character's names. She's basically a Peter Pan expert. 

Her party had pages from a book cut out for banners all around the living room. There was also Peter Pan's shadow, some treasure maps and awesome Peter Pan inspired foods such as Tic Toc Crocks, Pirate Swords, Gold Doubloons, Smee's Meatballs and Fairy Wands. 

Kenley had a lot of fun opening all her gifts. Although, she would have been content just reading the first book she got and leaving the rest of the gifts for later. 

She continued though, and as you will see was really excited to get a Hook doll from her grandparents! 

Thanks for the fun party, Kenley! Can't wait until next year! 

P.S. Playing the game Sequence has now become an official tradition at your party and I can't wait until you can join in the fun! 

marianna turns 1

Last October little Marianna turned one. I was asked to take pictures of the celebration her parents threw for her. 

Because her birthday was so close to Halloween, the room was decorated with spooky spider rings, pumpkins, and an amazing cut-out haunted house Marianna's mom made herself! There were also games, like bean bag toss and mini golf for the kids [AND adults] to enjoy. 

It should also be mentioned that it was Marianna's father's birthday too! He turned 30, so he got to wear an Over the Hill party hat and a "30 Rocks!" button. He also received a replica World Cup trophy. 

The party was filled with plenty of food and tons of laughter - a great way to celebrate Marianna turning ONE!

henry's first birthday

I am so happy that Henry's mom found me online last year and asked me to take pictures at her son's first birthday party. Everything about this party was a joy to capture. There were great decorations / personal touches including pictures of Henry throughout his first year, artwork he had made and all of his favorite food for everyone to eat. And since I'm a sucker for the little details, the fact that they had Oh Henry! mini candy bars was the best! 

There were also many fun activities like guessing the amount of clothespins in a jar [since Henry LOVES clothespins] and filling out a survey to guess things about Henry's life in the years to come. 

I am quite certain that Henry had a blast at his party. I never saw that little guy upset. 

Also, Henry's family was very inviting and it felt like I was surrounded by people I had known for a long time. But maybe that was because there was polka music playing which makes me feel right at home.

When it came time for Henry to eat his first cupcake, he was a little timid at first. Soon after, he realized how delicious cake and frosting were and started to devour it. He also had some help from others showing him to pat his head, which of course is why he got cake in his hair! 

Even despite a few rain showers here and there, it was a perfect day to celebrate a first birthday!

three turn 60

The weekend after Sam and Drew's reception, we all gathered back into the pole shed for another party! My Aunt Carol, Uncle John and Uncle Bob all turned 60 within a month, so they had a joint birthday party. 

It was quite easy to decorate since most of the work had been done for the weekend before. The flowers in the black tin cans stayed on the tables, we just added some black streamers and balloons. The chandelier stayed hanging from the center of the room, we just added some dangling black crows. 

The biggest difference was instead of pictures of Sam and Drew hanging around the shed, Katie and I made signs to hang up that looked like street signs with names like Wrinkle Road, Baldy Avenue and Saggy Street.

The weather was completely different from the last party. The weekend before it had been very warm and bottled water kept disappearing. On the day of the 60th birthday party, however, it was chilly and instead of running out of water, beer was in high demand! 

There was quite a bit of musical entertainment throughout the night. My husband, known to some as DJ Jazzy Eric, kept some of John, Carol and Bob's favorite music playing while being decked out in John's vintage Don Peachey Band tuxedo shirt. 

Eric got a break from his duties for a while though, when some members of the Lebanon Band brought out their instruments. They played everyone's favorites, which are also the songs you will hear if you ever see the Lebanon Band march in parades. 

The evening ended with some dancing while others played cards. As we cleaned up after everyone had left, Eric snuck out to the car and came back with a wig on. It surprised everyone so much, especially my Grandma who exclaimed she didn't know who that man was.

As far as I know, the lights are still strung in the shed, so umm, let's have another party in there this year!