Saturday, December 31, 2011

Family Visit Part 2

Continuing from my last post.... Wednesday we went downtown to the Rivercenter Mall, Riverwalk, and The Alamo. It was pretty chilly but we just bundled up!






(my eyes are closed otherwise it's a good picture, lol)


I love these pictures in front of the Alamo. When we first walked up to it we were all reading that plaque and Chandler says, "Original grass!" hahahaha That grass does look a little out of place =)



There are no pictures allowed inside the Alamo so that's about all we were able to take.
And a video of Wyatt on the merry go round thing... watching it back we thought it kind of looks like he was dizzy at the end because he wasn't moving, lol.



Family Visit

I'm going to post about my family's visit over the next few posts... I have way to many pictures for just one post! I love blogging about stuff like this because it makes me feel like I'm actually doing something with all the pictures I take. I'm sure you all know by now that I'm a little obsessed with pictures =) Unfortunately, printing all my favorites would cost to much money and storing them in albums takes up too much space in the house..so I blog. Plus, I love to reminisce.. whether it was last week or last year. And I love going back and reading old posts.
So anyways, my parents and little brother flew out to stay with us for 9 days over Christmas. It sounds like a long time, but it flew by way to fast. I am glad they stayed as long as they did! We had such an awesome time. They got here Saturday afternoon. That night after dinner we went to our church's live drive-thru christmas nativity. I didn't take any pictures but we really enjoyed it.

 Lovin' on his Grandpa

Sunday was, of course, Wyatt's birthday party.
Monday was spent "out on the town"... my mom needed to do some Christmas shopping so we all went out to Target, Toys R Us, ect. We ate lunch at Panera Bread, it was SO good.. we hadn't eaten there since we moved here so it had been much to long =)
 Mom couldn't believe Wyatt can stack blocks all by himself, haha

Tuesday morning we went out to a trail that we really like...
 Chandler in the cave


 Mom had to get her crunches in!
 The Mr. testing out the new jogging/all terrain stroller 

That afternoon was Wyatt's 1 year Dr. appointment. It's a pretty good drive away so we all went to the appt. and after that we went to Garden Ridge (one of our all-time favorite stores thanks to the Mr.'s mom!). Here's Wyatt testing out some furniture ;)

For dinner we went out to eat Mexican at Chuy's. yummmm. Wyatt ate ice cream for the first time, it came with his kid's meal. Can you imagine, ice cream for the first time?! He loved it =)

So the first few days were a little bit of everything. 
Up next - The Alamo/Riverwalk and the Zoo!


Friday, December 30, 2011

1st Birthday Party

Wyatt's 1st birthday party was a blast! I think it's true that the first birthday is more for the parents than the baby... we were the ones who blew out his candle and opened all the presents! lol
We were originally going to  have the party at our house, but as the guest list grew we quickly realized we needed to have it somewhere else. We ended up using the clubhouse/community room of our apartment complex. I had already planned all the decorations out for our house before we decided to relocate it, so the room's dark red walls and decor kind of took away from the white and blue of the Winter ONEderland. I didn't do to good of a job with pictures, but here's what I got!

I had so much fun making his birthday banner...

His picture banner was hard to take a picture of, but it looked really cute! I used the pictures I took of him every month in his rocking chair and just tied them to garland with ribbon =)


The pool table got covered with snow, icicles, and snowballs =)



The cakes were on that table too... we just handmade the cake and smash cake. 

This punch was deeelicious!

I didn't even get a picture of all the food!! We did a dip party for the food and it was all in the kitchen with more snowflakes from the ceiling. The dips were: 
Guacamole 
Corn and Cheese Dip
Veggies and Dip
Queso
Buffalo Chicken Dip
Fruit Salsa with Cinnamon Graham Crackers
Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Dip with Chocolate Teddy Grahams

I made little labels for all the dips that matched the "icicles" and "snowballs" labels in the picture above. Totally bummed I didn't get a picture of those, lol. (The Mr. said I overdid it because even with 14 adults we had so much leftover =/ I honestly couldn't decide which dips to make so I just made them all, haha, and family brought some of them too!)

And then I made his highchair banner:

Wyatt, Grandma and Grandpa Christians and Uncle Chandler

This little guy is such a lover... he gave lots of good hugs to everyone! I wish I had gotten more pics of him hugging everyone, but here he is with Uncle Jason

It took him a little bit to get going on his cake, but once he did it literally looked smashed when he was finished =)
Singing Happy Birthday..










As for presents... he pretty much had no interest, lol. There's a couple good pictures though =)




  
We had a slideshow of pictures going on the TV behind us. For games we did a Wyatt trivia game... Aunt Ashly won, getting every question right!! (It had questions like "What was Wyatt's first food?" "When did he take his first steps?" ect. some of the questions were pretty hard so it was multiple choice) And then a "Guess How Many Cheerios are in the Jar" game that Uncle Chandler won. 

 And finally.... the video we made of Wyatt's 1st year!
(having problems uploading it =/)

We are so thankful to all of our family (everyone drove anywhere from 1-5 hours) that came to help us celebrate Wyatt's first year of life! You all helped us make it so special for him. Thank you for loving him so dearly =)

Thursday, December 29, 2011

One More Look Back..






One Year Later....






What a difference a year makes!!

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Hi, I'm Jenna! Wife of 9 years to my high school sweetheart, Tyler, and stay-at-home mama to our 3 year old, Wyatt, and 1 year old foster daughter. I blog about our extra-ordinary days to keep family updated and because I enjoy journaling and documenting the things that bring me joy... faith, family, and friends!

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