27 July 2012

Sloan's First Birthday PARTY!

As promised, here is part 3 of my three part post. I have lots of outtakes as well, and the pictures i posted this weeks were not all of them if you could imagine that, just the ones i felt were the best.

Last Saturday we had a birthday party for Sloan, the turnout was pretty good 18 adults and 10  kids, the oldest was 4.5 the youngest was 6 months old. The weather was a PERFECT 85F after such extreme summer heat, and the water table we had set up outside was a huge hit as well as her new kitchen. The kids also enjoyed the castle slide Rick and I bought for sloan. Oh, and i better not forget, her Cozy Coupe Car, was also popular, all the kids took a spin around the house. Sloan is very good at sharing.

Pre-party PB&J with Mimi, then the Birthday girl has to get dressed.
The sleepy birthday girl awaits her guests!
Before the party, Mimi and Grandpa gave Sloan her first Car!!!

Some of the pre-party details:

The spread, we decided to keep it very simple, we had watermelon, ham and cheese wraps, pasta salad, pb&j both creamy and crunchy, cut into squares, and meatballs. I painted the dining room a week before the party because it was some burnt orange color and after looking at it for 10 months, i was over it. 

I made homemade cupcakes, they were pretty tasty
The smash cake

A year of SLOAN

Some church friends. We had a slideshow of photos playing on the TV during the party, at one point, there was a photo of me nursing Sloan in the early days that I think slipped through Rick's selections! I don't think anyone aside from me noticed.
The water table is a huge hit. Grammy bought it for Sloan and even though she couldn't be there, the kids greatly enjoyed her presents (presence)  
Grandpa Sloan takes Sloan to check out the big kids playing while Mimi mans the Lemonade/Tea 

Sloan joins in the fun!

Sloan's toys were a big hit! Miss Sarah gave her a $1 in her card, she LOVES it!

The party favors: sandcastle bucket, a shovel, bubbles, sidewalk chalk, and a fun animal shaped "egg" with a tiny amount of candy inside, and a little note from the Birthday Girl herself!

To end it all, Rick made a video to commemorate Sloan's first year. I would suggest anyone taking iPhone videos to turn the camera sideways. It makes for a much better movie!  We tried to keep it short enough to hold the attention of everyone without boring them to death with a slideshow of our recent vacations etc...
Now please, watch Sloan grow!

25 July 2012


As promised, here is part 2 of Sloan's post-birthday week. There are so many pictures but can you blame me? How could i pick only a few!  As I stated before, on her birthday, after her formal portrait, we brought out our homemade cupcake and let sloan have at it. First, we occupied her with some bubbles and then an empty plate:
Voila!  A giant cupcake appears! 
We encourage Sloan to have a taste: 
 Now, she thinks, do i go face first....
 Singing the praises of sugar sweet sugar!

 Usually my doggie comes around when i throw food on the floor, lets test it out: 

 Hmm, guess i dont' have to share
Daddy, do you want some?
 Here mama, try some...
All for me????

 I wonder how this will taste?


23 July 2012

Birthday Photo Shoot - Formal Portrait

I have a three part blog to post, and i'll try to wrap it up by the end of the week...

First, the formal birthday photo shoot. As i stated in my previous blog, we woke up early and drove to Raleigh for this photo shoot, sort of the downtown area where AW has his studio. We were all very excited about this and we did it early before work.

Pre photo shoot- The beautiful model arrives in her favorite pajamas, still a bit shy.

I'm ONE today! this one is for you!

This is the dress my grandmother made for my mom for her first birthday portrait. The locket was also my mothers, who then gave it to me on my first birthday. I wore the same dress for my first birthday portrait. I am not sure that it will stay in one piece for when Sloan has a daughter as it is starting to fray, but the dress has held up for 60 years, so we will see what we can do. I can't wait to frame one of these for my grandmother for her birthday. She has internet and facebook but i'm not sure she reads this blog so i'd like to surprise her :) The locket is engraved with a "j" as my mother is Judy and I am of course, Jennifer. Since mom and i are both the second born daughter, ideally I should give it to my second born daughter. If not, it's sloan's. I don't have to decide tonight.

Yes ME. I am ONE. This is my mama's locket and before that, her mama's. This is very serious stuff

I'm ONE i can stand and take steps
I am a very happy birthday girl!

Our precious little family!


Sloan laughed....  which of course made everyone else laugh! She's a very funny baby, such a cute personality.

Up next, the Birthday Cake Smash Session, but first, some bubbles to hold you over