Felix’s 1st Birthday Party

Felix had his birthday party on Sunday, February 2nd… 2 days before his birthday.  It was a BEAUTIFUL February day, at 50 degrees!  Finally, a day people were able to show up!  Attendees included me and Jarrod, of course, all 6 of his older siblings, both of his grandmas, Akasha, Vincent, Earl, Amber & Amber, and Nate.  He had a pirate/sea creatures theme going on, with lots of fun decorations, a cake for sharing, and a smash cake just for Felix.  Grandma Connie brought her awesome ham and cheese sliders for guests, and cheesy potatoes.  We also had punch and chips for everyone.

Felix had an awesome day!  He didn’t get grumpy at all despite not being able to have a nap at his usual time.  He REALLY got into his smash cake, and enjoyed every gift he received.  Nearly a week later, he’s still enjoying his new toys.  Jarrod and I consider this party a HUGE success for Felix.  He definitely enjoyed his day and all the attention.

Thank you to everyone who helped make Felix’s big day a memorable one!


On May 6th, Andy, my first baby turned 17! We didn’t have a party this year for him, for the first time ever, but he got a few small gifts and cake and ice cream, after making him a supper of his choice (pancakes). He’s about to start his senior year of high school this fall. I plan to take his senior photos myself sometime this summer. Time really has flown by with him! He is the only one who was my “only child” for the first 2 years of his life. And it’s hard to face that he’s almost all grown.

Yesterday, July 1st, my 2nd baby, Evan turned 15. He’s living with his dad now, but he asked to come spend the night with me the night before his birthday. I had cancelled plans for his party when he moved out, but we ended up with a very small impromptu party after all, with just one friend and my mom invited. He got a couple gifts, and had cake and ice cream after we grilled burgers and hot dogs for lunch. It ended up being a pretty fun day, and I really enjoyed his visit. I really do miss having him at home full time, but this arrangement seems to be working much better for us all. And I get to see him whenever he or I want.

Cory’s 14th birthday is in the first part of August. I am focusing all the party-planning energy on him this year, because he usually doesn’t have a big party after his brothers take all the attention. So there will be another post for his party after it happens.

Also, Autumn turned 14 in March. She has gotten her driver’s permit and completed driver’s ed already! And Willow turned 12 in April. They both live with their mom and were at their mom’s for their birthdays.

Not One

Well, we spent money on things for our open house today for Felix, that had been planned for months, and not even one person showed up. NOT ONE. This is exactly why we ended up cancelling the baby shower a couple months ago. I’m really disappointed and can’t help but take it a little personally. Especially since only 2 people had the courtesy to message and say they couldn’t make it. Yes, it snowed. But Jarrod was able to make it across town to go to the store. Also, he cleared the snow from our driveway and walkways for guests. So I don’t believe for a moment no one else could make it out to make an appearance for our party.