Monday, August 17, 2015

Birthday Recap

Hi everyone!  I can't believe Isaiah's party was over a week ago!  We really lucked out again weather-wise and it was just a beautiful day.

The theme this year was to one of Isaiah's favorite books, Little Blue Truck.  I had lots of fun making decorations and turning the house blue...not that we needed that much extra since everything in our house is blue. (ha)

We planned almost every detail, except the cake, that was a surprise.  Did you see that amazing cake?

I had recently found out about an organization called Icing Smiles.  It's a non-profit organization that provides amazing custom cakes to families impacted by the critical illness of a child.  I literally found out about it four weeks before Isaiah's party and decided to apply.  Luckily, with a doctor's signature, they accepted Isaiah and quickly paired us with a local baker.  I filled out a questionnaire about the theme of the party, colors, and preferred cake flavors, but that was it.  The rest was up to the baker.

Nikki, from Ruby Red Bake Shop, did not disappoint.  She went so above and beyond what we expected!  The cake was beautiful, was the talk of the party, and was so super delicious.

Thank you so much Nikki and everyone at Icing Smiles, for making Isaiah's birthday extra magical! :)

Here's a video of everyone singing happy birthday to the birthday boy...

We were very proud of him for not crying hysterically during/after the song (we had been working on that for a few weeks.  Adding in "cha cha cha" avoided the crying during our practice runs, thus my crazy "cha cha chas").  Next year he'll rock blowing his own candles out. ;-)

Along with cake fun, we had a water table, bubbles, and a few crafts for the kids...I just stunk at taking pictures of it all!

Thankfully, my friend Kate brought her awesome camera and set it up with the pinterest-inspired photo op I made...

Yup.  I'm a nerd.  I will avoid embarrassing everyone by not posting all of the pictures of our friends and family posing with chicken beaks and pig noses...mostly because I forgot to ask for permission to post their pictures. ;-)

Once the party was over, Isaiah passed out asleep for an hour but then woke up ready to go.  It was 9 o'clock at night.  Yup.  Instead of forcing him to stay in his crib, we brought him out to the living room and let him open his presents.

He was so grateful and loved everything!  It was so nice to see him interested in opening his gifts.  Last year it was our job so it was really fun to see him open something and light up.

It's good we were able to fit in present-opening that night, because the next day involved quite the road trip!  Dave has to travel for work from time to time, and it was a bummer when we realized that he'd have to travel during Isaiah's birthday week, completely missing Isaiah's actual birthday...that is until Isaiah and I invited ourselves along. ;-)

Dave had to work during the day, but was able to spend time with us in the evenings.  We spent our days hanging in the hotel, exploring the local area (um, HELLO HOBBY LOBBY), and meeting long distance friends.  We got to meet some of the family members of one amazing kiddo, Zane, and the founder of Go Shout Love and her sweet husband.  We also got to meet a few of Dave's coworkers and were surprised by them with a cake and gifts for Isaiah.  

Isaiah is one loved boy.  We want to thank everyone for all of the birthday love you all spread his way, whether you were with him in person or in spirit, we felt your love and blessings.  Thank you <3

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