The Party

When trying to decide what to do for Jacob’s first birthday party, we kept going back and forth on where to have it.  There are so many great parks in our neighborhood but it being January we didn’t want to take our chances just in case the San Diego winter weather decided to drop below 65 and actually produce some rain. And our house just is not big enough to host all the people we invited.  So I asked my Aunt and Uncle who live in Oceanside if we could have the party at their house. They said yes, with the location secured, the party planning mode was in full force.

We decided to go with an Olympic theme since the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia were starting just a few weeks later (actually I am watching the Olympics as I work on this post).  We ordered gold medals and temporary tattoos of the Olympic rings.  I went on Pinterest to get ideas for decor and made some Olympic torches out of candle sticks and tissue paper.  I have some friends who are creating a business of putting together packages of paper decorative items for parties, they made us some Team USA signs and Olympic themed cupcake toppers.IMG_5938edWe got cupcakes in the colors of the Olympic rings and I had every intention of arranging them in circles like the actual Olympic rings to be served.  But the moment was kind of crazy and that didn’t happen, but hey at least they tasted good!

IMG_5945edAnother idea that I found on Pinterest was a chalkboard that lists things about your child that you could purchase from a company who would personalize it for you.  We have a few chalkboards in our house that we write sayings, verses, draw pictures, etc… on so we already had some colorful chalkboard paint markers and I found a big chalkboard at Marshalls all we had to do was get our creative juices flowing and make our own.  It was two nights before the party and it took Justin, me and my mom 2.5 hours to do this with three differences in opinions (and all 3 of us are perfectionists) and two bottles of wine!  It was definitely one of those nights that I will never forget.  We were excited, frustrated and laughing the entire time.  In the end I am pretty impressed with how it came out!


It says JACOB at the top and My First Birthday underneath.
19.12 lbs and 30.25 inches.
4 teeth.
I LOVE: The Dog (tag, tail, toys), Bath Time, Climbing Stiars, Touchdown, Oh No, Dancing, Hide and Seek, Walks, Peek-a-booFAVORITE:
Books: Tickle Me and Little Blue Truck
Song: Jesus loves me
Foods: Pancakes, Cheese, Zuchinni, Avocado, Peaches
First Word: Doggie


A little over 60 people filled my Aunt and Uncle’s yard.  Of course it was a gorgeous San Diego day and we are so blessed to have have so many wonderful friends and family to celebrate Jacob with us. I am thankful that my mom took on the task of taking pictures, I was so busy visiting and if she hadn’t done that then I would have maybe 3 pictures of the whole day.



Then it was time for Jacob to have his birthday cake!

IMG_4995edIMG_5001edIMG_5904ed IMG_5906ed IMG_5915edIMG_5923edIMG_5919edAfter we got Jacob cleaned up from the chocolate and blue frosting the party continued…



IMG_5928edThen my cousin’s girlfriend surprised the little girls with some face painting


They were so captivated watching her work IMG_5061ed

Even little Riley got in on the fun!IMG_5091ed

Thank you to all those who celebrated with us!  We missed those who could not come and Jacob is so lucky to have such wonderful people in his life.  Happy Birthday to my sweet boy!

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