Friday, July 5, 2013

Act 3; Scene 55: Happy First Birthday, Robert Thomas!

WARNING! This post is looooong. With lots of pictures. But you've got to let a mama indulge, right? 


Our baby just turned one.

So many thoughts about this. A few being:

He is looking so grown up!
He is getting so smart!
He still looks so bald!
We survived!
He's still alive!
There is no way ever ever he weighed only 8 lbs.

However--one thought I have not thought nor will I think is this: he is growing up way too fast. Nope! He is growing and developing at the perfect rate. If it was slower I would go crazy. If it was faster I would go crazy.

But we sure are enjoying this age :-) Here is how we have been celebrating:

Only July 1st, Tommy got to open a few gifts from Mom and Dad right after breakfast:

sporting his darling new clothes from Grandma Center

After Daddy went to work (and after a quick shut-eye), we headed up to Grandma and Grandpa McFarland's to check out the new awesome splash pad in the neighborhood.

Pointed right to the water. So excited!

he loved watching the splashes of water on the concrete
Water in so many places! He just couldn't decide which one to go to!

After our trip to the pool and trip to the splash pad, I've discovered that I most definitely have a water bug baby. He LOVES it. He wasn't even deterred at getting splashed right in the face, or at how cold the water was. He was just shivering but still wanted more!

Due to quarter end for the accountants, Robert worked late Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday--so we stayed in SLC for dinner that night, and planned a formal party on the 4th when Daddy and most of the McFarland clan had work off.

I was excited to try some new holiday culinary experiments. I have a feeling the 4th of July is going to become a very BIG holiday around here!

Some of the spread:

Strawberry/blueberry/coconut cupcakes. The actual cupcake is striped red white and blue!

I thought this looked kind of like the flag on the moon. Notice the mini pbj sandwiches in the background.

Tommy's fruit cake!
We thought it would be fun to make lunch not only holiday themed, but Tommy themed--with all of his favorite foods. We served: peanut butter and jelly sandwiches; fruit and yogurt parfaits; fruit cake (he really likes fruit); fish crackers; plain cheerios; animal crackers; with a veggie tray and chips and guacamole mostly for us adults.

The party

And then, of course, the berry flavored cupcakes. Tommy's two favorite things--cake and fruit. How could we go wrong?

A little freaked out about us all singing happy birthday to him.

He wasn't so sure at first, but he definitely warmed up to the idea :-)

 Then time to play with more presents!

He had just spotted this truck from across the room and crawled right over to it

All the while, sporting another darling outfit from Grandma and Grandpa Center!

Uncle Sam and Uncle Luke got him some sweet shades...

...which he may or may not like...

All in all it's sure been a fun couple of days celebrating. 

Thanks for indulging a sentimental mom.

And, just in--a sneak peek at our family photo shoot that morning. Can't wait to see more!


  1. Happy birthday Tommy. Everyone should get such a celebration of their life. We love you and mom and dad.

  2. Looks like a great party! And all of that food looked delicious!

  3. Wow! Love the fruit cake, such a great idea! I loved the first birthday. More fun for me than the baby, but it's so exciting! Like you said, it's an accomplishment to just make it to the first birthday sometimes :)