Sunday, May 13, 2007

Parker's Birthday!!!!!

Hopefully you all had a chance to read Parker's top 100 list. If not, scroll down to the next blog! Here are some pictures from his Birthday party! It turned out really fun. Parker had a BLAST! I just realized that I was wearing the same shirt as the last pictures I have on here of myself. Oh well...I must need some new clothes!Parker LOVED the balloons! Here's a picture of Parker and Ethan (Matt and Erin's middle child). Matt and Erin came straight from the "Race for the Cure". Joe's mom was also there, and I guess they saw Aubrey! I wish I had been there...maybe next year on a less hectic day! The party attendees included: Joe's parents; Grandma and Grandpa Gadd; Matt and Erin with their kids Spencer, Ethan and Sadie; Marci, Marcus and Jacob; Grandma Hand; my friend from American Insurance Sabrina and her little boy Brenden; and Dian Hovey and Renee Milne (Brian Hovey's mom and sister). I realized later that we should have invited more friends since lots of family couldn't come (including ALL OF MY FAMILY...wink wink), but it turned out to be a fun little party!
I had fun opening ALL of Parker's presents. He was more interested in reaching for the balloons. He LOVES all of his new toys, though!
Here's Parker's choo-choo train cake. It turned out really cute! I had made another cake to cut and eat, but probably shouldn't have worried about it because Parker was the only one who ate any of the train!
Before the party started, we were wishing we had planned it for later. Parker woke up around 6:15 am, but then went back to sleep until 7:30. I was wishing I could just go back to sleep, but then thought of everything we had to do and couldn't, so I got up to finish making the cakes. Joe had to go help some friends move top soil at 8, then I had to go help set up for the mother/daughter activity at 10 (I didn't really help or stay for the activity...they understood since it was Parker's Bday). Joe really wanted to help get ready, so he of course thought it was essential to mow the lawn before the party. I really did appreciate his desire to help, but thought that getting the INSIDE of the house ready was a bit more important than the OUTSIDE. It all worked out, though, so I can't complain. I finally got in the shower at noon, hurried and gave Parker a bath, then tried to feed him lunch. We were miraculously ready with the house clean by 12:55. I should have just waited to give him a bath until AFTER he ate the cake, but oh well!
This was the best picture I had of Parker's birthday onesie...compliments of Devon and http://www.createaonesie.com/! It has a big 1 on the back, too. Super cute! Thanks Devo!
Parker was unsure of the cake at first, but once he dug in...he really dug in. Here's a messy family photo! I was glad Grandma Hand was there. She was so cute with her new camera! She gave Parker some cute Thomas the Train jammies, a fun Baby Einstein sound book, AND best of all...some Sesame Street forks and spoons!Here's a picture of Joe and Parker at Joe's parent's house for Mother's Day today. Parker was wearing one of the new shirts that Nannu and Grandpa sent him. It matches Blake's and Luke's Easter shirt! So cute!

This picture of Parker was pretty funny. He was really worn out today from the parties yesterday and church today, but he was SO HAPPY to finally have a forward facing car seat. He looks a little delirious!
I guess Parker still likes being swaddled, but he did this himself! Joe went in to look at him a few minutes after we put him down and he was all wrapped up in his blanket! I felt bad since it's like 80 degrees in our house...you can see the beads of sweat on his forehead. Oh well! Anyway, it was a fun weekend...Parker's Birthday and Mother's Day! I can't believe it was a year ago today that we came home from the hospital with newborn cute little Parker. I talked to a girl in our ward today who is due any minute with her first baby. I can't believe how fast it went from THAT to THIS! We feel so blessed to have the privelege of being parents to this amazing, fun, unique, adorable, sweet little boy! THE END!

12 comments:

Susie said...

I can't believe he's a year old already! Mandy mentioned in the midst of graduation on Saturday that it was Parker's birthday- she has the best memory for dates! It looked like a fun day and the cake was darling- it's tough with no family of your own, but it makes the times with them that much sweeter.

Diane said...

I can't believe a year has come and gone! Remember coming home with cute Parker and all the supplies you and Joe had to purchase to get through those first two weeks. I remember your trip to St. Jude to meet with the "mommy specialists". Parker is such a cute little guy...wish we could have been there. He looks cute in his shirt. The shirt Devon made him is super cute. Hopefully you have recovered from your weekend festivities. We love you!!

Diane said...

By the way...Parker's expression in the first picture is such a "Parker expression". Funny boy!

Kimberly and Devon said...

Parker looks so grown up with his hair cut. I like it combed to the side. I think he's starting to look more like Joe. They were cute in their sunday shirts together with the sleeves rolled up. Parker also looked really cute in his birthday onesie! Devon is going to be so proud! I was afraid it would be too tight on him, but it looked like it fit perfect! We love you guys, sorry we couldn't be there for the party! It looked like a lot of fun and your cake was adorable! You may regret the "making" a birthday cake tradition. It gets overwhelming at times. Sometimes I think I should throw that tradition out and just save the time and buy the cake, but I am glad I've kept the tradition! The End.

Mandy said...

Happy Birthday Parker! I can't believe he is one! Amazing that one year ago we were visiting you in the hospital, and now you don't live in Cali, and now we are here in Cali! Weird! Can't wait to see you! I loved the 100 list, you are a good mom to have done that! COME FOR THE WEDDING!!!

Ansku said...

About Mother's Day... I cried too in church! :) I just looked at Emma and thought how blessed I am.
What a cool looking party Parker had. And what a cake! Wo, it looked way cool! I can't believe Parker turned one already. I still remember it like yesterday, when you had your baby shower, and now our kids are already todlers! They grow too fast. Parker is such a cute little man.:)

Grandma Hand said...

How fun to see all of the pictures and to see Parker in his new clothes. I am so happy that you are enjoying the moments that come along. I just can't stop feeling of how very blessed I am with a family of such cute and talented kids, grandkids and great grandkids.

Crowther said...

It looks like you had a great excuse to miss the 5k. Looks like Parker enjoyed the cake:)

Rachelle & Adam said...

Time flies! A year already? He is such an adorable boy.

Stie said...

Hey Robin - your blog is great and Parker is absolutely adorable. It's so fun for me to read about your darling life from far away!

Sarah Beck said...

What a cute kid! Happy Birthday Parker!

Kimberly and Devon said...

Time to update!