Birthday Bash!

Before I get to the photo montage of Porter’s first birthday party I want to share these tidbits with you. Porter’s hair was starting to get long in the back and my brother nailed it when he said he had a Benjamin Franklin do. That was all fine and dandy, until he gave himself an avocado and cheese pasta hair condition. Sadly, but appropriately, I called and scheduled his first hair cut and it went great. Even though they don’t typically do kids cuts, Jen Brown from Tanzanite Salon in Boise did a great job trimming up the back and over the ears.

Before shot. It doesn’t look that long, but when lunch is smeared
through it, it looks a lot longer.

Post haircut, still cute.

Porter has recently learned that Misty will play with any stringed
object he dangles in front of her. He is now kitty tamer.

She acts all sassy, but she loves the attention.

Porter as mountain climber. There’s a steep 1′ ledge that he climbs out onto
while only gripping the boxes for support. Something tells me this is just the beginning.

I also wanted to post these next two videos because they make Luke and I laugh every time. As I showed in a previous post, Luke’s mom taught Porter the champagne game at Christmas, and he has proudly brought it home and kept it alive with every swig of his water bottle.

On Saturday Porter had his first birthday party. Honestly, it was more for me and Luke to celebrate the fact that we survived the first year, but Porter had fun too. We invited a few of our close friends, mostly the crew from our Friday Night Feasts. We had cake and ice cream and Porter’s favorite part were the 11 mylar balloons that I got from the Dollar Store. It was a perfect first party, intimate, indoors and full of fun. Thanks to everyone who donated to his Zoo Boise fund, we raised enough to get a family pass for the whole year!

I’m also looking forward to his 6th birthday, which Lucy has requested be an outdoor party. Since his birthday is in January, I take this to mean we will be snow tubing up at Bogus Basin 5 years from now (granted there is snow, which we haven’t received yet this year, shoot.) That’ll be an awesome birthday party.

Party planning is hard work!

Porter’s smash cake and the grown up cake that Aunt Anna made.

Candied Orange Cake

“Busy Day Cake” with butter cream frosting and raspberries

Thanks to Olivia for the orginal art and awesome stacking blocks!

He’s an old pro at unwrapping gifts now.

Shaun, Ashley, Sarah and Oliva

He started picking off and eating the raspberries right away.

As for the frosting? Not a fan.

He finished off the raspberries and didn’t want anything to do with the frosting or cake.
So much for the smash cake idea. He did get the rest of the raspberries
in the package instead, which made him quite happy.

Porter was so happy to play with Olivia and Lucy. He wanted to be a big kid so bad.

Showing off his skills.

Lucy and Olivia, the big kids.

Balloon!

Then the sugar kicked in and Shaun became the target of a mass balloon beating.

More balloon action ensued.

Porter loves his Aunt Anna, LOVES her!

It was balloon heaven and Aunt Anna was all up in the mix.
Have I mentioned that he thinks she’s the bees knees? He does.

It’s just about nap time.

Unless you’re playing with an iPad.

Me and the birthday boy.

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