Chase’s birthday weekend has come and gone and I officially have a ONE year old on my hands.
A one year old who clearly was very into the whole smash cake thing…
There is no doubt about it, Chase inherited his parents’ sweet tooth.
Chase’s birthday was actually on Friday and I loved spending the day with the birthday boy and my family who came in town to celebrate his special day with us. My sister and her husband arrived early Friday afternoon and were able to join us at Gymboree and watch the ridiculousness that occurs during a typical Gymboree music class ensue.
By the time we made it home, Chase was ready for a nap, so while the guys hung out at home with Chase, my mom, sister and I headed to the grocery store to pick up some food and Chase’s first smash cake. Yes, he got two smash cakes over the weekend (one on his actual birthday and one for his party) and loved them both.
Chase woke up soon after we arrived home and we decided to sing Happy Birthday and give the smash cake a go while he was happy and in a good mood. He looked a little apprehensive as we sang to him and placed his cake in front of him, but after a little encouragement and a small taste of icing off Ryan’s finger, he was ALL IN.
Chase grabbed at his cake, smeared it around and loved sneaking bites of the cake to Kona, Ross and Leslie’s chocolate lab. (Sadie wasn’t interested in the cake at all and we always joke that she’s on a low carb diet because she scoffs at most people food other than meat and cheese.)
The adults in the group managed to sneak little forkfuls of cake here and there and called it an appetizer to the Thai food we ordered in for dinner.
We spent the rest of our Friday night opening family presents with Chase and enjoying time together before we could barely keep our eyes open and retired for the night.
Saturday + Sunday
Saturday was Chase’s first birthday party!
I am planning to recap all the fun on the blog and will share details with you guys soon. I want to go through all of the pictures my sister and Ross took during the party and haven’t had a chance to do so yet but I hope to share a recap on the blog tomorrow. Stay tuned! While we wait, let’s skip ahead to Sunday, shall we?
Sunday was bittersweet because the first half of the day was filled with fun on the lake with Leslie, Ross and Kona before they had to drive home to Florida.
(Kona’s face in that picture cracks me up. So enthusiastic!)
We made the most of the morning and took our hot coffee to go as we headed out on the water a little before 9 a.m.
The weather was beautifully sunny and since the heat of the day had not set in yet, we were comfortable and not too sweaty. It was perfect swimming weather, so we took the boat to a nearby island where we dropped anchor and let the dogs swim around and play fetch for a few hours.
They were in heaven and it was such a joy to watch them have the best time in their element.
Leslie and Ross had to be on the road by noon, so we cut our boat fun a little short. We hugged them goodbye and thanked them for taking time out of their busy lives to celebrate Chase’s first birthday with us and for making the drive up to Charlotte. It was so great to spend time with them and seeing Chase smile and light up when he would play with his aunt and uncle meant a lot to me.
After we said our goodbyes, Chase went down for a nap and my mom and I headed out to run a few errands around town. Our first stop took us to BabyGap where I returned an outfit I bought during a 4th of July sale and nabbed a cute little t-shirt onesie for Chase instead.
By the time we hit up the grocery store, popped into Target and made our way home, Chase was back up again and Ryan suggested a family outing to Discovery Place KIDS which sounded fantastic! We haven’t been to DPK in a while, so it was neat to see how much Chase has changed since his last visit. He had a great time crawling all over the large foam shapes, watching the big kids race cars and banging Legos together.
He also seemed to get a kick out of the puppet show and made us laugh when he started clicking his tongue during a song that had a puppet crab beatboxing. He was clearly feelin’ the rhythm!
The rest of our Sunday passed by in a flash, as we hung out at home and I tried my best to get a little work done on the computer before we made quick trip to Clean Juice for smoothie bowls for dinner. Chase’s birthday weekend was absolutely wonderful and I loved sharing his special day with some of the most important people in our lives!