Friday, September 11, 2015

Birthday Smash

Happy Birthday, Gwen!! She looks pretty uninterested in these photos because she was tired. We had a party with family in New Mexico over the weekend. I'm so glad that a lot of people were able to celebrate with us! I wish that I had taken more photos of the actual party, but I just wanted to relax with our friends and family after all of the time consuming party prep. I think for the next baby I'll hire a photographer for the first birthday. Gwen was a little scared meeting a lot of new people. It was so sad: she'd cry whenever someone "new" would hold her. Sorry, mom and dad! I think she was starting to warm up to my parents near the end of our visit. 
My mother-in-law helped me decorate the cupcakes. A lot of people complimented the homemade icing. 
I was so pleased that Gwen actually smashed the cupcake. I've been to a couple of 1st birthday parties where the babies had no clue what to do with their cakes, so I wasn't sure what to expect with Gwen.

Wow, a year! I didn't get as emotional as I thought I'd get on her birthday because a couple of weeks ago I got pretty emotional looking through photos and videos of her as a newborn. So I must have gotten it all out of my system, I guess. ;) We actually ended up having two parties for this baby- one out of town with family and one on her actual birthday this week with our church family. I was so surprised with how many people showed up to the last one! It made us feel so special. And Gwen was spoiled with presents! A big thanks to all of you gift givers! I'm mostly excited about all of her new books. She has been enjoying reading time more and more.

I have an idea of what I want to do for her 1 year photo shoot, but we'll see when that gets done. 


  1. Goodness these are adorable!!!! I swear I'm going to be a mess when Calvin turns one!!

  2. I'm still amazed with how chill Gwen was for the majority of the party. Well, except for when anyone tried to hold her haha!

  3. She is so cute haha. Also I'm so glad you read to your baby :)

  4. She is so cute with her cupcake! Most one year pics I see is with the baby crying covered in frosting....haha


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