Monday, August 29, 2011

Wade is One: stats and pictures

Here are the last remaining birthday pictures from the celebration of our baby's first!

We went to the doctor last week and my littlest is one big baby:

Weight = 24 lbs 4 oz
Length = 32 3/4"

This is Nathan's size {give or take a little} at 18 months!  He is such a bruiser!  We are squeezing into a few 12 month items, but mainly are into 18 month clothing.  Trace hates putting a 12 month onesie on him because thet are very dificult to snap.  He is not walking yet, but pulls up on everything and cruises along things.  He is a pro at climbing up the stairs and is working on backing down them.  He said his first word a week or so ago, "Peek-a-boo!"  It is so cute!!  He has 8 teeth fully in and is working on an upper molar, that has made for a few bad nights, poor guy. 

After cake, playing with a balloon string.
I love this one, this is Wade's buddy, Mason, riding bikes!

Into his balloons!
"Happy Birthday to Wade"

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Newest Member of the Workforce

No, we have not put the kids to work!! 

Trace has added a new tractor to the lineup, hopefully the old one will be finding a new home soon.  This one is a yellow beast with a loader, Nathan loves it.  He asks his daddy to, "Put the loader  in the sky!"

Note the cat in the bucket!

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Party Nibbles

I failed miserably in taking photos of the food, so this is mainly a link post to my tried and true, go-to  finger food.

Finger foods seem to work well for young and old alike.  Sometimes more prep work is required, but I think clean up is easier, which is always a plus for me!

This year I tried two new recipes that were popular and a few old ones that I love.  I did the usual fresh veggie tray, fresh strawberries, and grape clusters.  I wanted to do fruit kebobs and my mom brought some small sandwich picks that we laced with raspberries, kiwi chunks, and mango chunks.  They were so pretty and I am mad at myself for not taking photos.  Some chips and an amazing dip that I altered using roasted hatch chilies instead of jalapenos - that may have been my favorite thing.

For "main" finger foods I made Hawaiian ham and swiss sandwiches, Nigella Lawson's pigs in blankets with mustard dipping sauce, and pimento cheese triangles with my mom's awesome garlicky pimento cheese.  The pigs in blankets were a huge hit and we should have made many more.  The mustard sauce is super delicious.  For N's second, we made bacon wrapped pineapple that I love - it is a highly recommended, and will be seen again at his third birthday this year!

I purchased a small cupcake for W at the bakery in town and made cake pops for everyone else.  Cake pops were not all that successful - they were really more like cake balls with a stick in their side!  I could not get them to stand up without falling apart.  I think I will stick with cake balls if I make them in the future.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Wade's First Birthday

The theme for Wade's party was simply blue and green.  I found an adorable invitation on Etsy several months ago which she fit to the color scheme and it went from there...More to come on food and pictures of the birthday boy!

Highchair ribbon decor.

Birthday boy with one BIG balloon.

I made his birthday bib, not the best shot of it, but the best one I took.

My food table, this is after most folks made their way through the line, so the pom-pom trim was off-kilter.

Amy, Holly, and sweet baby Addison.

He looks so dejected in this photo, he was the one opening presents, and the one who has played with them the most!

Tissue poms.

Yarn ball decor

My bunting!!  I hope to use this in the boys' room somewhere.

Favors, I forgot to take one before the guests left.

Bathroom flowers - I love the chartreuse.

Food signs.

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Nathan's Wildlife Rehabilation

We don't see too many exotics at the clinic, but a client brought in a hawk of some form today that was having some trouble.  He found in in his dog pen, unable to fly, with no obvious injuries.  Trace contacted the local couple who does bird rehab, but they were full (47 birds!).  After some instructions, Trace decided he would try to help the bird.  He loaded him into a cat carrier, purchased some raw beef to feed him, and brought him home.

I told Nathan that his daddy was going to bring a sick hawk home, but he somehow interpreted that as "hog", so when Trace arrived home with a bird, he was very confused, but excited nonetheless.

"I want to see, I want to see!"

"Where's the hog?"

"He's not going to bite me."

"It's going to be okay, Hawk."

"He has a beak!"

"Can I help feed him?"

The bird is looking much better, the heat seems to be getting to everyone around here!

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