Baylor's *First* Birthday Party

Here's the deal- Baylor didn't exactly get a first birthday party.  Or a second birthday party.  And the one time I throw him a legit party & make him a big dessert he nearly died by choking on a gummy worm in it and then no one ate it and I had to take it to work and pawn it off on coworkers who normally wouldn't eat something that horrible looking but when given the choice of working or eating, they're going to choose eating, no matter what the aesthetics of the food.

For Bay's first bday we had the Stephens over for take out omelettes in the morning

and did cupcakes with the Middlebrooks in the afternoon.

And then for his second birthday I think no one could really make it, so I think we did something sort of low key.  For example, for breakfast Luke fed him special birthday cornflakes:

And for dinner, I prepared for him this special birthday corn dog that he ate in a special birthday grocery cart at a special birthday store called Fred Meyer.  With his shirt on inside out.

Probably there is an entire themed table set with goodie bags and pinatas and an amazing cake just out of frame. But maybe not.

But THIS year Mr. Baylor Blitz partied like a rock star.  He got a pinterest-fail cake.  Which was actually a cookie-brownie bar dirt track with worms and trucks. I went the extra mile for health and hygiene and bought NEW trucks that I then DISHWASHED for sanitation.  I really pulled out all the stops for this kid.

I bathed him and clipped his nails.  This is as much primping as a three year old boy (and his mom) can handle, so in between the bath & scheduled guest arrival he snuck out to play in his "construction site" which is actually a dirt pile.

Then the party started.  Here's photos taken on the red carpet:
Aunt Laurie

The plaid mafia

Here's 3.26% of the Middlebrooks family

and another 3.26%

and Grandpa Dick who holds a special place in my heart, and whose extremely specific brand and flavors of condiments hold a special place in my fridge.

We had a performing bear for entertainment

There was a little bit of a bottleneck at the transportation station

and a very appropriate gift from Jack & Patty


And then he got his first chance to blow out candles,

which was quickly eclipsed by a brief choking episode in which Baylor tried to swallow a gummy worm whole and failed and luckily this guy

is the same as this guy

so he saved the day and extracted the gummy worm from my son's gullet. And saving lives is all just in a days work for this clown

Anyhow- this little fellow

had a good day judging by the end state of his paws

Here he is

making the face he makes when he is talking about something with conviction

which is to say he is probably extolling the virtues of garbage trucks, excavators and cargo trains.

He is my very favorite three year old.


Fun Run: Year 3

2012 fun run:

Last year's fun run:

This year's fun run:

Plus Ash & Brooke joined the fun:

And Navy attended but will have to wait until next year to run.


The Story of How Addie and I Became BFFs

Get a load of this. They brought another girl-baby to my house.

At first I was like, "Who are YOU!?" And then I showed her how I can push my arms straight out and make myself taller, which I think intimidated her a little.

Then she broke eye contact and looked away. Which in dog and baby language means, "Ok fine you can be the boss."  Which is only fair since I am older than her.

And if there is one thing I know so far, it is that the older one gets to be the boss. If you're the younger one you have to stand in the back of pictures.

And you have to listen to everything they say even if it is straight nonsense.

And most of all you always have to laugh at the older one's jokes.

But THEN I found out girl-baby wasn't deferring, she was just turning to flex on me! She was like, "Oh yeahhhh BABY? Well you might be older but I am BIGGER. Check out these biceps!"  And I did- and she was right. She could thump me!

So then I was like, "MOM! Who gets to be boss if I'm older but this girl-baby is bigger.  Does it default to cutest outfit? Cuz I'm wearing a swimsuit with a tu-tu."  But then after I said that I realized she had a hair accessory. And also she had hair.

Mom said, "Quit calling her girl-baby.  Her name is Addie and no one is the boss.  You just get to be friends."  So I said, "FINE."

So I looked her straight in the eye, from about a centimeter away

And I said, "Look Addie.  We have our differences. You're a huggies woman, I'm more of a pampers gal myself.

But between your bow and my earrings it is clear: we are two fashion forward women just trying to make it in this crazy world."

Then I gave her a friendly peck on the cheek and that is the story of how Addie and I became BFFs.