My sister-in-law Emily and Harper (I guess I didn't get a picture of Emily with the birthday girl lol...I remembered taking a picture of her with a baby---guess it was the "wrong" baby though! :-)
And Sawyer and Raya (I didn't take any family pictures with Raya! Oops. But in all fairness, it was supposed to be *Brielle's* special day, so I guess it's good that Raya was shorted on pictures :-)
My brother had to work, but he made it at the very end. (Brielle was upset here because Harper was picking on her LOL...love Harper's face)
My friend from college and her husband made it too--they're the ones who Raya was a flower girl for back in May.
We also had Emily's brother and his girlfriend over, but I forgot to get a picture! Oops. They are the one's who are having a little boy in March and I'm going to start babysitting him 3 days a week.
So anyways, here are a couple pictures of the decorations. I kept it *really* simple because it was only a small party (Let's face it--she's 1 year old and as Lee said "you do realize she won't even remember this right?" haha. Granted, I still wanted to celebrate but I'm not putting on wedding. It's some cupcakes and a few presents :-).... and I didn't have time to make a bunch of decorations when my Etsy shop keeps me so busy! But I thought it turned out cute (except for our balloons, which Lee got the night before and they all started deflating that morning! Oh well haha)
Our basement worked great for setting up tables and eating down there.
And the birthday girl's outfit of course had me busy too :-P
|She was being a Grandma's girl at the party haha. At one time she even took 7-8 steps trying to run after my mom|
down the hallway! That's the most steps she's taken in a row yet :-)
Completely "over" presents lol
|Introducing "hoo hoo" pillow to the new Monkey|
Raya got some xmas presents from my college friend and she was in love with all the Minnie Mouse stuff. Here she is hugging the Minnie toy :-P
And real quick, here she was last night wearing her new Minnie pjs and hair clippie
So after presents yesterday we sang happy birthday and had cupcakes and icecream.
|Are you all singing for me?!|
|I want fire!|
|This is the one time she actually looked like she might kinda like it. That feeling|
didn't last long though!
But don't fear, Raya was more than happy to eat cupcakes for the both of them! LOL
A couple more phone pictures...
Brielle was thankful when Grandma F. offered to share her icecream....much tastier than cupcakes I guess!
After cupcakes and icecream everyone just visited and the kids ran around entertaining themselves! Brielle took about a 5 minute nap and then was up again--apparently the though of sleeping while others are partying is not appealing ;-)
So that's that--I still can't believe my baby is 1 year old!
Now enjoy a few more random pictures...
And to end, a little story about how Brielle's happy birthday almost *wasn't* so happy....ya know, because she could have fallen and died.
So it was near the end of the party and we were all downstairs in the basement visiting (and apparently not paying any attention to the birthday girl!) After awhile I had to run upstairs for something and so I come around the corner to head upstairs and I see Brielle standing at the top of the steps....just right at the edge with no baby gate or anything.....staring at me. For a minute I felt like I was in a dream, because it was just crazy to see her standing waaaay up there looking down at me....and then the little shit backs up, grabs the baby gate, and starts closing it on me. At that moment I sorta snap out of my daze and call out "who's upstairs with Brielle?!" (because obviously if my tiny baby is standing at the top of a flight of about 15 steps with no baby gate then certainly some adult must have carried her upstairs and not be watching her or something)....but then I realize no, Brielle crawled her way up the flight of steps, stood up, and as she saw me coming she closed the gate on me...all by herself! So I run/fly up the steps in a panic and get to her---safe and sound. But seriously, how did that just happen?! haha. I cannot believe she didn't fall and seriously hurt herself. I occasionally let her crawl up the steps by herself when I'm right behind her, and she constantly turns around, slips, almost falls even then. And we *always* close the baby gate at the top of the steps, which means when she gets to the top she usually is stuck and then turns around and would fall (if I wasn't right there). But yesterday (luckily) she crawled up by herself with no problems and the gate just happened to be left open so that she could continue right up to the landing and not be stuck at the top of the stairs. Phew! I about panic when she's out of my sight now haha. What a little monkey!
This was the view I had when I first saw her....only the gate was open and she was standing right at the edge of the steps, looking down at me!
That little stinker!