Monday, August 22, 2011

By popular request

I had finally had enough of Alex's unruly hair, which is plagued with uncooperative cowlicks and requires more hair product than all of the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders combined. I mean, seriously, it is absurd that I spend more time doing my four year old son's hair than my own. I figured that a record breaking hot summer was the best time to try out a buzz cut, so Timothy took Alex down to the local kids' cuts place and this is what he came back with:

Luckily, Alex loves his new look, particularly the fact that it "stays down". Which it doesn't. It's just short enough that it doesn't "stick up".

I love the fact that I no longer have to wrestle him to the ground and attempt to plaster his hair to his head while he flails about. However, I may let it grow out again over the fall...when I can hide his bad hair days with a hat...

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Isaac's Post-Party/Alex's Pre-Party

After Isaac's party, we let him open a few of his presents. He got a bear that sang him happy birthday, two recordable copies of Guess How Much I Love You being read to him by both sets of grandparents (totally a coincidence!), a Melissa & Doug froggy pull toy, a Chuck Truck playhouse, and a really cool wooden book handmade by my mom.

Since the boys' birthdays are a month apart and not everyone would be able to come back for Alex's party, we decided to have a birthday brunch for Alex on the morning after Isaac's party.

Alex's "cake" was a donut with sprinkles from our favorite Saturday morning breakfast spot, "Yummy Donuts". Sadly, they know Alex's name there. And the fact that, to Daddy's dismay, he prefers a Hello Kitty or pink butterfly donut over a football one.

After brunch, Alex opened presents that the family had brought. He got all kinds of cool things, including a Cars recordable book read by Grammy and Poppa, a Buzz Lightyear laser gun, and an awesome custom made "board" game that B and Grampa conceived of and constructed.

Tim and I also got the boys a mini trampoline that they can jump on inside. We're hoping it will provide minutes of entertainment for the two of them. Cousin Charlee gave it a whirl for a few minutes herself.

We spent the rest of the weekend relaxing and trying to stay cool, and Isaac showed Grampa his popsicle-eating prowess.

Fun times were had by all. Alex's second birthday party, coming up next...

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Diet plan

Alex (pointing at my stomach): Baby in your tummy!
Me: What? There is not a baby in there.
Alex: Well, it's getting bigger.
Me: Thanks a lot. Don't ever tell a girl her tummy is getting bigger. Girls don't like that.
Alex: Well why is it getting bigger?
Me: Probably because I'm eating too much.
Alex: Well then you need to stop eating so much and starting eating just a little.
Me: Thanks for the tip.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Isaac turns ONE!

As previously posted, my sweet little baby boy turned one last month. We had a fun vintage surf-themed party in our backyard and invited our family and closest friends. I took some pictures, but things are always so frantic before (during and after) my parties that they never turn out the way I want, and I always miss things that I wanted to have pics of. But I did get a few good ones, so I decided to post a few of my favorites, followed by a slideshow with the rest.

Here is the invitation (front & back):

Welcome, surf dudes!

One of my favorite details about the party was this bunting I made with cute, vintage inspired fabric in beachy colors that I had planned to string up around the yard. Problem was, I didn't do a trial run, and the wind ended up funneling the cute fabric triangles into not-so-cute fabric tubes. The solution? My mom came up with the brilliant idea to secure each little triangle to the string with two little strings so the wind couldn't blow them around, then proceeded to tie each one herself. All 189 triangles. Times two strings. Now that's a good Granny.

I bought a big blow up pool, filled some smaller baby pools, and hooked up a good old fashioned Slip 'n' Slide to create our "ocean".

The "Snack Shack":

Party favors (surf-themed rubber duckies):

Some of the party guests:

And of course, the birthday boy, who loved having so many people around to celebrate him and loved his birthday cake!

One of my favorite pictures from the day:

It was a super fun party with friends and family and a great way to celebrate Isaac's first year. Here are the rest of the pics from the day.