We celebrated Max’s birthday on a Sunday afternoon, two days before his actual birthday.
I’ll start with the fun pictures – the smash cake!
Like most babies, Max started out unsure of what to do with this thing on his tray.
His first reaction to the sugary frosting was pretty funny – clenched fists and a funny face.
After a while, he got it all figured out…and he liked it!
I’m all done, Mom!
Grandma P made the cake, and Jessica made the smash cake. They put a LOT of work into making these adorable zoo-themed cakes! When I learned how complicated the stripes were, I was amazed they didn’t throw that cake right out the window before completing it! THANK YOU for making such adorable cakes!
Now that we’ve had the fun pictures, here are some random pictures taken throughout the day. THANK YOU to everyone who picked up my camera and took pictures when you had the chance. I really appreciate it!
My mom & sisters helped with food – potato salad, veggies & dip, jello, beef, pickled cucumbers. All we had to do was buy a watermelon, buns for the beef, potato chips, chips & salsa, and drinks. Thank you!
Jessica used extra cake to make Alex his own little smash cake.
Our boys enjoyed lots of snuggles and playtime with cousins, aunts, uncles, and grandparents.
Aunt Annie got this cute little jeep for Max, but Alex claims that it’s his. Max is clueless at this point, so Alex gets his way on this one…
Max got spoiled with some great presents…
…which he didn’t help to open. I’d hoped Alex would be my helper, but neither boy helped a bit once there were open toys to play with!
In addition to Annie’s jeep, Max got…
2 kid songs DVDs and a CD
a learning walker (which is fought over daily in our house)
a little football
Zany Zoo busy box (MUCH loved by all of us!)
Frog Pod tub toy holder (I’m *LOVING* this!)
a praise songs DVD
a bounce & spin turtle
lots of money for his savings account