Ryan's Birthday Memories ~ take one
As pictured above, we made cupcakes instead of buying Ryan a 1st Birthday Cake. We are not fans of store bought cakes and actually make (well Chris is the master cake maker...more on that later) the birthday cakes each year. We decided on cupcakes because it was the perfect size for a toddler to smash and eat. This was Ryan's first taste of chocolate!!! Let's just say...he loved every last bite of his birthday cupcake!
Oh those LIPS...those big kissable lips! Eat your heart out Angelina Jolie!
As I looked back at the pictures of Ryan's first birthday, the biggest memory I have is all the love Ryan received from our family and friends! Sure there were gifts galore (tons of Elmo items!) but the best gift was having everyone together to oooo and ahhh over this sweet precious baby boy!
Ryan's 2nd Birthday....this theme is a little harder to guess if you aren't familiar with Eric Carle. The Very Hungry Caterpillar was Ryan's favorite book at age two.
Now here is where I get to show off my husband's secret talent! He made both these cakes from scratch! I didn't even know he could do this until he whipped these babies together the night before the party! I am in complete amazement with the things Chris can do sometimes. Isn't that caterpillar a spittin' image of the one on the book and look at that beautiful butterfly! Ok, so I have to give myself a pat on the back because I did help him mix up the greens so they were the matching shades from the book AND I came up with the crumbled "dirt" that the caterpillar is sitting on. It's chocolate filled oreos! Plus the caterpiller wouldn't have had feet if I hadn't thought about using hershey kisses...BUT Chris was and still is the master cake decorator.
To go along with our theme, our guests enjoyed a yummy feast that included ALL the food that the caterpillar ate in the book! If you haven't read the book, you won't understand...so maybe you should head over to your local library and read it...I can assure you won't be disappointed. :)
This is a picture of my sister Bambi and her husband Drew enjoying our picnic spread. She is almost 8 months pregnant with my nephew Owen.
Once again, we celebrated Ryan's birthday at Thanksgiving as well. Grandma High got him two mini cakes in the shape of a kitty and a puppy! He loved them.
Chris' family, including Grandma and Pop-Pop High weren't able to make his first birthday party so they did not know about our exciting news. We decided to surprise them in a different way. This time we had him wear a shirt that said "Best Big Brother" on the front. We put a sweater over it and had planned to surprise everyone after dinner. But it was unseasonably warm last year and Grandma High kept telling me to take the sweater off the poor child so we went to plan B and surprised them all before dinner. I took his sweater off and had him go into the kitchen where Grandma High was so he could show her his shirt. As he was walking in, I told her that he got a new shirt for his birthday and she needed to read it. Well...she didn't get it at first! hahaha...she seriously read it like 5 times before she yelled OH.MY.GOSH! Her reaction was even better than Mom-Mom Delp's. Again, we didn't get it a picture BUT it's on video and watching every one's reactions is priceless. Now of course the birthday boy didn't really understand what the big deal was all about....he was just happy to get more cake!
Ryan's 3rd Birthday...look for a post COMING SOON!