Here in our little corner of northwest DC, we threw a safari themed birthday barbecue for our Joseph, who turned ONE! The inspiration started a year ago, with the safari animal bedding we picked out at PB kids, and we just kept running with the theme. We had family and friends gather together to celebrate this momentous event, and we had wonderfully cooperative weather to boot!
The birthday boy with Willem, one of his boyz from the block:
Getting ready for a sweet rendition of "Happy Birthday to You!" (I'll try to post the video when we have some time to recover from the weekend.)
Joseph (surprisingly) wasn't really into the cake. Maybe it's my fault for making carrot (hee hee) cake instead of something chocolately?
Papa and Mimi made sure he ate his cupcake, since they knew I wouldn't let them give him much else.
The Estabrooks (Jack, Missy, and Matt), aka "good sports," who humored us and posed for a pic with some party hats on:
We tried to stage a "kid pile-up" on the sofa - no such luck. Couldn't get more than 5 on the couch before someone started crying, and it just went downhill. But thanks to everyone for trying to get all 13 little ones together.
One of Joe Joe's favorite gifts from Grammy and Grandpa, a Radio Flyer sports coupe. We've made a lot of laps and burned a lot of calories already pushing him around, but the handle on the back goes up and down, so he can push it himself too.
A special guest of honor, Joseph's great-grandmother Carolyn, who flew in from Louisiana for the big event.
And finally, is Joseph off on a safari of his own, or is he just trying to get away from the madness?
Thank you to EVERYONE who helped make this day so special - you know who you are and what you did to deserve credit. We love you!