Monday, February 11, 2008

February is a VERY busy month

We've been so busy the last few days so I'll play catch up which seems all that I can ever get done these days.

The weekend started early on Thursday when my Mom and Ed pulled into town and met the little munchkin for the first time. Chani did really great and loved having them here. We spent the evening here at the house catching up and trying to keep on schedule.

I had inherited an old dining room set a couple of years ago and I had recovered the seats on the chairs before going to China. Well, most of them. I had it all done except for attaching the final two. I put the grandparents to work doing that, and dusting off the leafs to the table. This table can fold down to 36" x 38". That's a pretty small table, huh. Well, it has drop down sides so when you pull them up, it comfortably sits six. That's really the only size that I have seen it. Well, I decided to try out the leaves and when both of them are in, it seats 12 and covered my entire dining room. I still am amazed at how large it really is. This is where we decided to have the party. Mom, Ed and I went to town decorating it all. We filled helium balloons, hung banners, streamers and yard signs.

Friday came as well as Matt's parents. They too met Chani for the first time. It happened to be my birthday so we celebrated it with dinner at the Winchester Woodfire Grill. It's one of my favorite special occasion restaurants.

By far, the best day was Chani's very first birthday! - We celebrated with style, family and friends.

The party started with Briana, Lisa and Doug arriving first. It was just them for a little while because EVERYONE was late. LOL - So, we decided to get started opening presents first. When Chani was done with her first one, our second guests, Randi and Jack, arrived, kind of like clockwork. Again, we opened their present and it went on like this for a bit but then wham, everyone started to arrive but we continued opening up gifts. She had such a fun time. We then feasted on chicken salad and egg salad sandwiches, chips and macaroni salad. I presented the cake with a lit candle and about lost it. It slid off the tray some but I was able to manage it. (Wonder how many even knew about it.) Everyone sang happy birthday to my little girl and I had to help her blow out her candle. I then sliced the cake so everyone could have a piece. Chani's grandma helped feed her which freed me up to get things going.

After everyone had their bellies full, we gathered for a couple of games. The first was similar to Pin the Tail on the Donkey but this was a Velcro happy birthday cupcake where they stuck on the candles. Those who could/would wear a blindfold did and those who were too young just put the candle on the cake. It was so cute! We decided that Jack was the winner and he received a small prize. Our next game was a piñata, filled with toys and candy. This was a special one with ribbons to pull vs. bashing it with a stick. All the kids went and pulled a ribbon, one at a time until the "magic ribbon" was found. They had to yank so hard on this one and pulled the top holder thingies right out of top of the piñata that the whole thing fell to the floor. They were able to pull it open and all the innards fell to the floor and the kids scrambled. Well, sort of. Most of the crap candy and toys just laid there. Let's just say that I'll have stuff for Halloween already. The kids were so careful and shared so much, only grabbing a couple of things each. They played a bit more and then the party started to end. Once everyone had left, Chani went down for her nap.

Once fully rested, we resumed opening up presents which took the rest of the afternoon and then for dinner, we all went to our favorite Mexican restaurant.

Once Sunday rolled around, we finished opening up the presents and then it was time for the grandparents to say goodbye and head out. Daddy pretty much took care of Chani while I had quite a bit of time to organize and relax some. I still have some cleaning to do and decorations to remove but hey, we're having Daddy's birthday on Wednesday so they might just wait and do double duty!

Finally, I want to say how grateful I am for all of our friends. We have the best friends who are so generous and so wonderful to be around. Chani received sooo many awesome gifts from so many loving people. You guys are the greatest and we indeed are so lucky to have you all. Thank you all for coming and spending your day with us! We had a great time and hope you did too! Also, a huge thank you to both sets of grandparents who drove many miles to help celebrate this little one's first birthday, and mine.







9 comments:

Lisa~~ said...

I am sooooo bummed that we missed Chani's b-day, it looks like it was so much fun. Happy Birthday to both of you.

Lisa~~ said...

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That's Maisie saying hi and wishing you both Happy-bay.

Michaela said...

Happy Birthday!
Micha
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Doris & Dan said...

Sounds like it has been a busy yet fun filled time. Happy Birthday x 3!

Keep smilin!

Briana's Mom said...

Thank you so much for inviting us! Chani's party was perfect! Briana had a ball and the birthday girl was so adorable!

Oh - and Briana wants to thank Chani for letting her help open her presents. ;)

Isabella's Mommy & Daddy(Kim & John) said...

WOW... What an amazing 1st Birthday....
Happy 1st Birthday Chani....
Sounds like you had been SUPER busy..
LOVE all the pictures...
Have a Great Week...

amy said...

wow, you have been busy..Happy belated bday Chani!

Special K said...

Happy 1st Birthday Chani!
Looks like a fun party.

sea star said...

Happy 1st Birthday Ms. Chani! What a special celebration!