Sunday, April 22, 2012

First Birthday Party

Philip's birthday is this coming week, so we had a small party for him on Saturday. Our rental house isn't very big, so even with a handful of people the place was packed. The weather has been lovely, so we decided a cook-out was in order (the first of the year!). There's still some snow on the ground, but it was warm enough for everyone to be outside before dinner (even the dogs- who were running out some cabin fever). Guests included both sets of Grandparents, Uncle Dave, cousins Connor & Wyatt, and Mattie & Dawson (Aunt Jen had to work, but she was there in spirit). Somehow I didn't get any decent pictures of Philip's Grandma and Grandpa Bickmeier, but I know they took a few...hopefully they'll show up on another blog. :)

Smells like summer!
Grandpa Platt (aka my Dad) with Connor. There were admiring the rocks we have in our backyard. Rock hounds, those two.
Grandma Platt (aka my Mom) with Philip.
Mattie was so excited that Wyatt was throwing a tennis ball for her (remember she had knee surgery a few months back and hasn't been running around since last fall) that she accidentally knocked Wyatt into a mud puddle. Dave offers some comfort...
My Dad's birthday was on Friday and Philip was more than happy to share his birthday celebration. Here's Dad's cake with 59 candles.
We lit them all...and Dad even blew them out with one breath (before the smoke alarms went off)! Impressive, right?
And of course the birthday boy! I attempted to make a cake in the shape of a truck that turned out to be a disaster, so Philip ended up with cupcakes. (He didn't seem to mind).
Some babies don't get cake until their first birthday, but Philip has had some practice at other celebrations. He's a pro eating cake.
No problem. 
"How many more of these do you got, Mom?" 
And there were presents, of course. Brian and I got Philip a red Radio Flyer wagon (complete with seat belts and cup holders). I don't have a picture to post, but I imagine it will show up in future blogging. Grandma and Grandpa Platt got Philip some adorable Merrell shoes and a few Carhart outfits (that are just a little big for right now), Grandma and Grandpa Bickmeier got him tub toys, a very fancy Elmo book, and a pillow to match the quilt his Grandma is making him (with pictures of all his aunts, uncles, cousins, and grandparents). Can't wait to see it! Philip's Grandma is an expert quilter. From his cousins, Philip got lots of summer clothes and a somewhat noisy car/ramp toy (of which I would expect no less from my sister).
Had to put this picture in- a classic expression from my Dad.
By 8:00pm all the kiddos were tired and everyone went home for the night. Shortly thereafter Philip was asleep. The next morning (this morning) Philip crawled into the living room looking for everyone who was there the night before...

"Mom, the balloons are still here, but where's the party? Where did everyone go?" He was a little disappointed. After all, birthday parties are great fun.
Thankfully he perked up when I told him that he would have another birthday next year...and another party!

Thank you to everyone who came to help make Philip's first birthday special!


laura said...

happy birthday, philip! looks like a wonderful party you had!

Tammy said...

Thanks for the great pic's. Looks like it was a lot of fun.

jenrust said...

Fun Party! One year! I can't believe how fast time has gone by! Philip - tell your mom to expect a package in the next day or two. It is a present for you from your cousins in Oregon! We wish we could have been there to help you celebrate.