Cutest Couch Potato Ever.

The other day, Maxwell was entertaining me by slouching like a teenager in his Land of Nod Chair.  He just looked so stinking cute that I grabbed my camera and started snapping:

Such a hard life, you know?

Such a hard life, you know?

As I was snapping away, I saw Max look at me out of the corner of his eye and smirk…

Sinking down further...

Sinking down further…

So he started really hamming it up…

...and further...

…and further…

… and I kept snapping away…

...and further!

…and further!

Max finally sunk down so far that he couldn’t get himself back up – and we both just cracked up laughing!  I helped him up and he grabbed his cheerios and enjoyed munching away on his little snack.

Cheerios!

Cheerios!

This kid just cracks me up!  I’m so in trouble when he’s a teenager!

My silly little guy :)

My silly little guy :)

<3

Max’s 1st Birthday Party

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We held Maxwell’s 1st Birthday Party yesterday afternoon and it was so much fun!!  Max had lots of friends and family around him to celebrate and he really seemed to have a great time!

I had a lot of fun planning and prepping for his party!  I focused on the dessert table, and I think it turned out fabulously – exactly how I’d pictured it:

I sewed the pennant banners using leftover pennants from when I made one for Max's nursery.  I cut the letters out out of flannel using my Silhouette Cameo.

I sewed the pennant banners using leftover pennants from when I made one for Max’s nursery. I cut the letters out out of flannel using my Silhouette Cameo.

On the dessert table was: red velvet cupcakes with cream cheese frosting, shortbread cookies shaped like mustaches, marshmallows on striped straws dipped in blue colored chocolate and sprinkles, a red velvet with cream cheese frosting smash cake, and some red candy (Twizzlers, Jolly Ranchers, and Swedish Fish) and some fun non-sweets-treats that guests could bag up and "shave" for later!

On the dessert table was: red velvet cupcakes with cream cheese frosting, shortbread cookies shaped like mustaches, marshmallows on striped straws dipped in blue colored chocolate and sprinkles, a red velvet with cream cheese frosting smash cake, and some red candy (Twizzlers, Jolly Ranchers, and Swedish Fish) and some fun non-sweets-treats that guests could bag up and “shave” for later!

I really had a lot of fun incorporating some fun mustache details to celebrate “our little man”!

I cut out these little mustaches for cupcake toppers using my Silhouette.

I cut out these little mustaches for cupcake toppers using my Silhouette.

When I saw mustache cookie cutters, I knew I had to have them!  These shortbread cookies were amazing - definitely tasted "like butter and magic" as the girl who I'd gotten the recipe from promised!

When I saw mustache cookie cutters, I knew I had to have them! These shortbread cookies were amazing – definitely tasted “like butter and magic” as the girl who I’d gotten the recipe from promised!

"I MUSTACHE you to do yourself a FAVOR and bag up some treats to SHAVE them for later!"

“I MUSTACHE you to do yourself a FAVOR and bag up some treats to SHAVE them for later!”

Even the tables got mustached!

Even the tables got mustached!

Our guests even got into the mustache spirit!

Mustachioed!

Mustachioed!

Of course there was cake – and Max loved it!

Getting ready to sing Happy Birthday

Getting ready to sing Happy Birthday

Eating cake!

Eating cake!

Cake is good!

Cake is good!

Cake feels cool on your fingers, too.

Cake feels cool on your fingers, too.

Cake monster!

Cake monster!

The kids had fun playing with the ball pit (a kiddie pool – pink was all Wham could find lol! – filled with plastic balls), dressing up with the photo props, and playing with balloons.

OK, this ball pit is fun! Emma found a mustache balloon Not sure what they were doing here, but it's cute!

Max had so much fun in the ball pit, in fact, that he didn’t want to get out of it, so he opened gifts from the ball pit!

Opening gifts in the ball pit, which was too much fun to get out of!

Opening gifts in the ball pit, which was too much fun to get out of!

Opening gifts in the pink clam ball pit lol!

Opening gifts in the pink clam ball pit lol!

Gift opening chaos with the kids - which was really fun!

Gift opening chaos with the kids – which was really fun!

We had a lot of fun and were so happy to be able to spend some time with our family and friends eating cake and drinking some beers or juice!  We’re so thankful for the outpouring of love for our little guy – it was really a great way to celebrate all of us making it through the first year!

My Little Man is a Whole Year Old!!

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Maxwell is a year old today!  Alex and I keep saying, “A whole year!” and, “Where did this year go?!” because we just can’t believe that our baby is so big already!  Max keeps saying, “Hi” and “Ba ba ba ba ba” because those are the words that he knows.

We had a small celebration for Max tonight.  Alex made two of Max’s favorite foods – green beans and macaroni and cheese – and picked up a cake for Max.  We had dinner, sang “Happy Birthday” to Max, gave him some cake, gave him a tubby, and then let him open up three of his gifts.  We’re doing  a birthday party for him on Sunday, so we’re saving the rest of his gifts for then.  It was a fun, quiet night at home and we’re looking forward to a great celebration with family and friends on Sunday!

This past year has been the best year of our lives.  Watching Max transform from a tiny, squishy, little squawking newborn into a sweet, inquisitive, and silly little boy has been amazing!  We’ve met the challenge of first-time-parenting head on and discovered that we were capable of much more than we ever imagined; and Max surprises us every day with how much he is able to do.  Just today, for example, we gave him a spork with his birthday cake and he dipped it into the cake and shoveled some into his mouth!  Of course, it was the wrong end of the spork that he used, but we’ll get there!

We’re so proud of our Little Man!  Happy Birthday, Max!  We love you and we’re so thankful that we get to be your parents!

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First Haircut!

After months of lamenting over Max’s too-long hair and trying to decide if we were going to wait until after he was a year old to get his hair cut, we finally decided to just pull the trigger and get his hair cut.  Well, we decided this like a month ago, but we never could find a time when we were both available and the kids haircut place we wanted to take him to was open.  Finally, Alex had enough of the hair.  When he left for work this morning, he told me to just go get the haircut done!

I knew that he didn’t really care if he was there or not, but I wanted another pair of hands with me when we went so I could take some pictures.  I called the Wham on my way up to Clifton Park this afternoon and she was more than happy to meet us at Snip Its for Max’s haircut.  Max did really well for his haircut – only a few tears when they used the clippers.  I was so nervous that Max wouldn’t look like my little baby anymore, but he (of course) looks super adorable!  Alex actually thinks he looks younger – probably because the last time his hair was this short, Max was like three months old LOL!

Max’s Baptism

Maxwell was baptized this morning at the 9:30am Mass at St John the Evangelist Church! We had a wonderful morning starting with his baptism during mass at our beautiful church and followed up by a small gathering of family back at our house. We began a small-but-big-enough-to-make-a-huge-mess remodeling project in our kitchen only a few weeks ago, which caused us to be working on the house right up until the very last minute – and then there was still cleaning and cooking to do! So there was definitely some stress leading up to this morning, but fortunately that didn’t spill over into today and we had a fantastic day!

Max was such a perfect little guy during mass today. I was a little nervous about how mass would go, considering he’s really only sat through an entire mass once before! I was also nervous about this morning because I scheduled the baptism about two months ago and when I talked to the church secretary then, she mentioned that the day was technically blocked off in their books, but since it looked like practically the only weekend that would work for us, she’d make an exception. I kept imagining we would show up this morning only to be told that they didn’t have us on the schedule! Of course they were ready for us today. The priest brought Max down the aisle during the processional and invited parish members to trace the sign of the cross on his forehead and Max did so great – he smiled at people and was perfectly comfortable letting Father Bob take him! He even tolerated the holy water on his head and really only cried a little after the priest went back for a third pass over his head. We were so proud of our little guy! And since we’re blessed with such a large immediate family, we had quite the crowd at church this morning!

I made Max’s baptism outfit – white stretch corduroy pants and a vest with a bow tie – and I think he looked pretty dapper today.

Back at our house, we had more food than we could fit on my table and counters – and with my younger brothers and nephew in attendance, that was a good thing! We had a great time celebrating with our family today and we are so grateful that we were able to do that! Of course not everyone could be here (and we were really pushing the limits of being able to fit in our small house!), but we know that those who weren’t with us physically today were sending good thoughts our way and were with us in spirit!