Friday, August 26, 2011

Coy's First Birthday!!

We have been having such a crazy and busy summer! I knew I would write about Coy's birthday sooner or later, though. Even if it was a little bit on the "later" side! Time just keeps going and going, I can't believe it has already been almost three weeks since his birthday, let alone already been one year and three weeks since he was born!
I am absolutely in love with this little guy. We all love having him in our family so, so much! He is such a spunky little cutie. He loves to bite and pull hair, but not to be mean, just because he can't help himself. He is an almost carbon copy of his brother (at least their body size/type). Coy is just over 18 pounds at 1 year, is always almost exactly the same height and weight Bennett was at the same ages, and is following suit by still being an army crawler and is just barely learning to climb stairs and pull himself up. (He's still not quite there!) He probably won't walk anytime soon, but that is OK with me! Bennett was 17 months when he walked, and I think Coy will be similar.
He says daddy (not just da-da), bye-bye, Bennett ("beh-beh") only sometimes, ball, hi, yeah, and hey, uh-oh (although it's more like uh-uh), makes awesome monkey sounds, but still won't say ma-ma. (He loves his daddy more than me right now, and yes it makes me jealous!)
He's extremely happy and easy-going despite the fact that he's recently gotten tubes in his ears (lots of ear infections...I know join the club), has had bowel problems/colitis off and on pretty much his whole life (how does a 2 month old get pseudomonas in his gastrointestinal system is the question of not only me but every doctor I've talked to), and has gotten 8 teeth (although only 7 when he turned one.)
Well on to the pictures. There are so many! But I just wanted to share everything! Plus his Harkness grandparents missed the party, so I'm sure they want to be filled in!

We love our Coy!

Daddy's boy!

Bennett can always get the smiles! That's who got them for us when I took Coy out for his one-year photo shoot! I will have to share those soon as well!

The party table. It turned out just as I envisioned it (or pretty close to it) 6 months ago after Mylie's birthday!

I came up with the sailboat cake in my head about 6 months ago, and the whole blue and orange thing. I'm glad it turned out so well. I was pretty proud of the cake and the fact that I actually came up with it all on my own this time. I didn't "google" it; it is actually my very own creation. That doesn't happen very often!

Last minute I decided to do the party favors.

Oooh, yummy cake pops. It's a good thing they are not around all the time. I can't resist them. And just as a side not, I used Pillsbury frosting and cake with them this time, and they tasted so much better. The Betty Crocker frosting made them taste too much like store-bought frosting. The Pillsbury frosting didn't overpower the taste of the cake. They just tasted like delicious, moist cake!

We got Coy a classic red wagon for his birthday. Of course all the kids love it. It reminds me of when I was little and my dad would pull us around in ours, making "tracks" on the grass. But we had to put a towel down then, or else we'd get rust on our bums!

Some sibling love. Love my my kiddos; family is definitely the best thing in life! Don't mind Bennett's super red face. He was busy at play before I could pin him down for a quick picture.

My grandparents. Sorry I didn't edit out the skin cancer this time, but I was wanting to keep things real for the memories. My grandpa has been dealing with a lot lately! I'm sure glad my kids are able to know and love so many of their great-grandparents!

Present Time!!!
Coy had lots of help! He needed it because of course he was mostly interested guessed it, the bags and paper.

Two of my cute nieces!

Seriously, Coy's all time favorite food up to this point is Canaloupe! I had to put some out so that there was something healthy, and it is the perfect shade of orange!

Here he is already trying to get his cake before we could even get a note of "Happy Birthday" out.

Just getting started....

He eventually realized he didn't like the taste all that much, and that the destruction was much funner!

And he'll do anything for a little attention! The kids were loving him getting into his cake and it only encouraged him more! He would laugh right back with them.

He loved being the center of attention!

I love the blurry pieces of cake flying in the air.

Here are some other guests enjoying the treats! I would have taken more, but I was busy bathing my crisco-covered little boy. That was some greasy frosting!


Monday, August 22, 2011

My Grandma and her girls!

I love my grandma, mom, and aunts. We had fun a while back taking some pictures of them. You can see all of them HERE. I think the formal ones are nice (of course) but my favorites are the crazy ones! My grandma is a spunky lady...

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

In case you were wondering how Monday was...

What started out as this...

...Ended up like this!

I'd say his first birthday was a success, wouldn't you? We had quite the little birthday bash. Stay tuned for so, so, so much more!

I have so much...hopefully coming soon!

I have so much I want to share on here. Mostly having to do with my now ONE YEAR OLD!!! Has it really been a year? Coy's birthday was on Monday and we had quite the birthday bash. So hopefully I will share all of that soon! But until then, I have some cute brown-eyed goodness on my PHOTO BLOG! Thanks to my wonderful grandparents who let me use their beautiful yard for so many photos lately!

Friday, August 5, 2011

It's been a while.

Someday I will catch up on everything I want to catch up on (like my pictures and my blog...maybe). Just wanted to share this picture of Mylie. How can I help but fall in love with this little girl every time I see her?