Allan and Ember’s Birthday Party

Allan’s birthday was yesterday and Ember’s is tomorrow so yesterday we invited Allan’s parents over to celebrate both.
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I would’ve decorated more for Allan and done more for him but he hates it when I do.
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Because he wants to save the money and spend it on things like fishing and… well, anything besides decorations and cake. lol
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So the party was pretty much all for Ember.
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I used that poster board for display. I love that thing.
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The stuff on the right are prizes for the games we played. Little coin purses and slap bracelets.
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I made four of the bows that were on Ember’s presents. Because I was too cheap to buy them. Allan and his parents thought I did it to be fancy. I was like, really? Awesome! haha
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I’ve finally decided to give up on printing photobooks for my family. They are just TOO much work! I am reverting back to the old classic of printing pictures as 4x6s and putting them in a regular old album! Boring BUT… Ember’s entire first year is there on the table ready to be picked up and looked at. Which everyone did and it was awesome. I don’t think I’m ever going to go back to anything else.
And the grand total for a year’s worth of Ember’s pictures AND the cost of the album. $45. I printed 300 pictures of her!
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I’m so glad I randomly remembered to get a picture of the two birthday people together!
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I love these two so freaking much!
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Ember opened her presents.
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I know I’ve mentioned before that her favorite thing on earth is ripping paper so opening presents was a huge, huge hit!
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She, unlike her sisters, immediately tore into her presents and didn’t stop until they were all open.
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It was the funnest thing I’ve experienced all week. She is so darn cute. I found myself having to refrain from saying, “She’s the cutest baby in the world!” a thousand times that day.
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She opened her big present last. (actually her big presents, a ride on toy zebra and a doll cart were opened last month) It was a baby in a ladybug costume (she’s going to be a ladybug for Halloween) from Costco.
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She LOVES baby dolls.
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When she opened it her reaction was so cute!! She smiled…
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And then the kids distracted her with her sippy cup.
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Then she saw her baby again…
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So the sippy was abandoned…
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And she went in for a kiss <3
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She was so happy!
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I know this is a lot of pictures of her opening that doll but it was seriously just the cutest thing ever!
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She took her doll and brought it over to me.
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She showed me her baby and then wandered around holding it, kissing it, hugging it, talking to it. So sweet.
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Here in this picture you can see her bean bags. I made them for her out of the extra fabric from her bunting and headband.
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I didn’t take pictures while we played the games. We played musical chairs and we played bean bag toss. That was it since the party was for Ember and she couldn’t play any games. lol
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After games we brought out Ember’s little cake for her to eat and make a mess with. As I made it I thought (mostly of how I sucked at making cakes) about how this was probably a waste of time since the girl doesn’t care for food and likely wouldn’t eat it.
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And I was right. She took one or two tiny tastes and tried to push the cake away. lol
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We ended up serving that cake to the girls.
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I took this picture to show the balloons sagging. I bought dollar store balloons and filled them up that morning around 9am. By 2pm they were sagging! Next time I’ll buy the good balloons!
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This was the weekend that Ember shifted fully from crawler to walker. She has been able to walk a bit the last week or so but Saturday and Sunday she really took off. She walks everywhere now. It’s the cutest thing!
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We put Payson and Ember to bed eventually (around 7) and then had Allan’s birthday cake. I wanted to put 33 candles on his cake to be funny. Holy crap I’m not doing that again. That was quite a bit of flames!
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Allan’s parents were laughing about all the pink and I jokingly pointed out his lone blue balloon. I said it isn’t my fault he doesn’t want me to decorate for birthdays but to be funny they said we should get a picture of him with his balloon in front of all the pink. He did a sad pose.
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And then a silly one. haha
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It was a fantastic birthday. I have some SUPER cute videos I took. I can’t seem to figure out how to edit them (my movie editing software is on my old computer, darn it) so I am having no luck sharing them online. If I had a little more time I could play with the basic (crappy) movie editing software that came with this computer.

But anyway, it was such a perfect first birthday. I’ve mentioned to Allan a dozen times that Ember was so excited and just absolutely thrilled all day long. She loved her decorations, the games, her presents, the family all around. She didn’t like cake but that’s just Ember. lol

Oh and I did get Allan a gift. I got him a guitar because he’s told me quite a few times that he wants to learn to play. But he says he’s just too busy right now (his work is crazy and he works long hours) so we’re going to return it.
*sigh*

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