I tried really hard to capture Gray's birthday with my camera. But I seriously suck at taking photos of my own kids. I mean, I captured the moments which in the end is all I wanted, but I did nothing artistic or creative or even very good technically. Most times it was a miracle that I had my settings close to correct!
It is just really hard for me to put my photographers hat on top of my mommy hat. Both don't seem to fit on my rather large head.
So, even though none of these will WOW you, I want to share some photos from the last two days b/c if nothing else, I know my sister will want to see them! HA!
Friday night we just had a small party with our best friends, the MacBryde family. They have three little girls ages 10 months, 4 and 6, Kevin and Chris coach together and really, we just couldn't ask for a better family to have in our lives. When we're together it just makes me so happy to see how intertwined our lives are. We couldn't ask for better friends!
So for our "party" we just had all of our water toys going outside, the guys were grilling (we grill LOTS of meat each week together so we have cooked meat to eat all week so meals are easier!) and Angie and I were getting dinner together when she shook a bottle of steak sauce in our kitchen not realizing the lid was off! Steak sauce literally went EVERYWHERE! It was dripping from her head, the walls and the table! SO funny! So after we got it all cleaned up she went outside to "wash her hair"!
We have four kids that live behind us that are older (12 maybe?) and they came over when they saw all the water and Chris came up with this brilliant idea… slide+slip n slide= BIG time fun! So the big girls were holding the hose on the slide and pulling the little girls down! It was hilarious!
What you can't really tell from this photo is that Chris was totally stuck! HA! OMG I almost wet my pants I was laughing so hard! He did finally get down but MAN it was funny while he was stuck up there!
The girls post-shower to wash the grass and mud off!
So I don't cook much. And I rarely bake. But I spent 4 hours on Friday making two dozen cupcakes and a double layer chocolate cake for his party! No cake smash but we gave him a cupcake and he really could have cared less! All he did was dip a finger in the icing and then lick it off… he never even ate the cake!
Poor guy. He was just so tired!
Kelsey was totally into her cupcake! She has the whole thing in her hand right there! HA! Angie and I decided we definitely need to do a cake smash shoot for her first birthday which hits while we're all in Florida!
It was a great night with great great friends!
Yesterday we took the kids to the pool in the morning… the pool is becoming an everyday thing and we're all loving it!
Then post-naps we headed to the Race for the Cure… not the big one in downtown St. Louis, but a satellite walk that happens at Des Peres Park (easier for the very young and older crowds and perfect for us) where after the walk we had a little party for Gray with C's entire family…
His girlfriend, Betsey… everyone wore party hats! So cute!
I tried to get all three kids together in their CUTE 1, 2, 3 shirts but this was the best I got! UGH!
I WILL be having their photos taken soon by someone else b/c for one month they can wear these shirts before Bails turns 4! And obviously, like I said, I suck at taking my own kid's photo!
C's mom, GoGo, made Gray the cutest quilt to match his bedding she also made him last year! It has all of his nicknames embroidered on it which I love!
One more try at a BIG Elmo cake smash and again he just sort of tasted the icing! But at least I'm in a photo!
And the next and LAST photo of the day that C took makes me so crazy happy…
It's C's grandpa taking a photo. I just am in love with this image!
It has been a BUSY two days of celebrating but SO great. And today we are going to church with my parents (we go to the same church) and then out to lunch for them to celebrate with Gray! Hopefully naps are in the cards and then tonight I have a maternity session.
I'm still in shock I have a one year old. OH! On his birthday Grayson decided to take 3 independent steps! Walking is right around the corner!
Thanks for all of your birthday wishes for our little man!