Sunday, October 28, 2007

Birthday Fun

Well, Saturday was Tatum's much anticipated 1st birthday and birthday party. I must say that LOTS of time and planning went into this event, but it was all worth it. I certainly could not have pulled it all off with LOTS of help from several people which include Brandy, Jenny, Jennifer, my mom, and my grandmother. They were all lifesavers for me and without them, the party would not have been so perfect. So, buckle your seat belts and hold on because this blog is a long one with LOTS of pictures...

Let me start off with Friday night and the set up. Brandy, Jenny, and Jennifer all came over to help me out and decorate. I was unsure how the weather would be because all week it had been rainy and cold, so we put up plastic to cut down on the wind. It was a little difficult, but we got it done.

Brandy found her Halloween costume in the process. She decided to be the Statue of Liberty. What do you think?

Jenny held me up so I didn't fall off the ladder.
David dropped by to help Antonio supervise us girls and make sure we were doing everything right.
Jennifer was such a big help. She was great at pointing out mistakes and things to fix! lol...just kidding.
Here is the goodie bag table. All the bags had the kid's names on them. It was also the "candy bar" table. I totally stole that idea from Kimberly.

Here is a picture of the present table before th party even started. The big pumpkin is actually a cooler.

Tatum's high chair also got lots of decorations for the big day.
I thought we couldn't go wrong with balloons as decorations, so we lined the driveway with them.

Who said all pumpkins have to be orange? We painted half of them pink to be more girly.

Antonio and I decided to get Tatum a Radio Flyer wagon. We figured since she liked to be outside so much it would be good to get a new toy that she can enjoy now as well as years to come.

Some of our friends showed up a little early to visit.
Here are a few pics of the food spread. See what you guys missed?? HUGE thanks to my mom and grandmother for making most of the food. There was plenty and it was sure YUMMY!

Finally a pic of the birthday girl in her birthday dress.

Gran was helping Tatum walk around the house. I see you in the back Jenny!
Here is a pic of my mom taking a mini break. I think I surprised her with the pic.
I has little kits for the kids to decorate pumpkins with. Here is Tobie with her two boys decorating their pumpkins.
And Jenny helped Mackenzie decorate her pumpkin.
Next is my mother in law with Tatum.

Antonio, Tatum, and me all together.
Ashley helping Coleman with his pumpkin.

Antonio and his parents.
Eliana, Chris, Gabby and Caiden. This is my sister in law and her family.
Brandy and Tatum
Most of the pumpkins decorated by the kids.
My sister Laurie with her girls Mya and Mckalya. Mya will be one in 6 weeks!
My grandmother(Gran) feeding Tatum.

Tim found his favorite toy that Tatum got. It was not the one he came with and thanks to the threatening looks from Tatum, it is not the one he left with either.
Scott and Jessica enjoying the party.
Mya working on walking
Kaden after he got into the cupcakes again even though he wasn't supposed to. lol
The presents that Tatum was blessed with. She got 8 VeggieTales movies and didn't get the same one twice! How good is that!?!?
Cupcake time!! Antonio getting Tatum ready for her cupcake...

Tatum LOVED the cupcake and managed to eat the whole thing! She did so good and didn't even get messy. I just knew she would get her hat all dirty, but she didn't touch it one time! She didn't even get her dress messy or anything.
After cake, she wanted to take a ride in her wagon. Mckayla decided to sit in the wagon with her.
Coleman wasn't so excited about riding in the wagon.a

Then Mya jumped in to try out the wagon.

Tim decided to help Tatum walk around too. He sure is good at spoiling Tatum all the time!
Mya decided all this partying was just too much. Good thing the swing was near by so she could crash for a little nap.
More decorations.
A huge THANK YOU to the Humboldt High School cheerleaders (my alma mater) for making this banner for Tatum's party. How cute is this!?!? It was the perfect size and everything.
No good party is complete until the morning after pictures are taken, right? Here is Tatum Sunday morning. She was looking a little rough.

And FINALLY the much anticipated front facing ride in the car. Equipt with her new Amigo CareBear that smells like Mango (Thanks Tim and Jennifer), Tatum was ready to go. Notice how she is holding on.
After a minute or two, she decided she really liked this new view of everything.

The party was perfect!!! It ended up being 69 degrees and just the perfect amount of people. Tatum took a good, long nap before the party and was in the best mood all day!
I can't believe that it has been a whole year since Tatum arrived into our lives. We have been blessed with a beautiful, funny, loving, sweet, smart girl. She is the joy of my life and I wouldn't change one thing about her. Each day she is growing and discovering new things. It is so neat to watch her "figuring things out". Just this weekend, she has started greating Antonio and I in the mornings, when we walk into a room, etc with a big "HEEEYYY!" I will have to get it on video soon. It is too cute.
Tomorrow when we get to daycare, she will officially be in the one year old room! She loves this room and they have a structured learning schedule. I talked with another mother the other day and her son is in this class. She said he started talking so much after moving up. She is amazed at how much he is learning. I will keep you all posted.
Thanks for bearing with this LONG blog. Until next time...


Milton, Alesa and Addyson said...

So glad Tatum had such a great birthday!!! Everything looked like it went really well!! LOVE the sign the cheerleaders did. TOO CUTE!!

Kimberly said...

Happy Birthday, Tatum! WoW APril the party looks amazing!!!!!!!!!!!! I love love loveit all-the pink pumpkins, the candy bar (which totally looked better than mine), the cupcakes, the decor, the banner, the pink/ is all absolutely adorable!
It is in true April fashion-When you do something you go all out and do it the best!
I'm glad Tatum had a great time and I so enjoyed these pictures!

Jenn said...

I'm craving chess squares!

Amanda said...

Everything looked so cute! I love that I get to steal some great ideas!!! :) Hard to believe that it's been a year since she was born!

Robynn & Katie said...

What great pictures! Happy birthday Tatum. We hope your first official day in the 1 year old room.

Robynn & Katie said...

Oops! I hit the enter button too soon. We hope your first official day in the 1 year old room went wonderfully!