Monday, May 26, 2014

Jase’s 1st Birthday Party Guests

One of the specific things I pray daily over Jase is that he will be surrounded by people who love the Lord and encourage his walk with God. I am so thankful for all of the people who have had an impact on Baby Jase this first year. Missing a few, but here are some of the sweet friends and family who came to celebrate Baby Jase’s 1st birthday with us. We love you guys and thank you for helping to make it a special memory!!

Lowell & Lori! Isn’t Lori so cute dressed according to the party theme? (You can tell she’s a teacher.) Lowell has been such an awesome mentor for Jonathan & I’m so thankful or that. We just love the Whitmire’s and it’s so sweet how much they both adore babies!!


Our precious neighbors, Emily Claire & Eli! They are always so sweet with Baby Jase. Looking forward to him having them to play with as they grow up. Thank you to Geof for bringing them by. You can tell it wasn’t their first rodeo…they stuck right by his side for cake and presents. EC wanted to take some cake home to her mommy too. Missed ya, Kim!


Sandy & Dave are Jase’s church buddies. He took right to them and just LOVES sitting with them at church. He is always waving and smiling at them. They hooked him up with his very first pool.


The Hall family! He looks like he fits right in with that blonde hair & blue eyes. Love me some Andi Leigh, Coop, & Brock.


He loves Brian and Chels too. Watch out Brian, he likes to smooch Chels right on the lips! He even went in for seconds last time!


Sweet Aunt Tammie, and cousins Zach, Morgen, and Tyler! They love to play with him & are always so helpful. Aunt Tammie was a big help picking up the cake and mailing out invitations.


Mommy/Daddy/Baby BFF…seester Dana, Ryan, & Vann man! Love!! Vann is a doll baby with all that hair.


Our handsome fellas!


Grandaddy! Baby Jase LOVES his G-daddy.


The only pic I got with Grammy (oops!)…Grammy’s jealous boy.


Some Advo BFFs- Cameron, Kristen, Peyton, & Colton! Jase loves their boys and I hope he is as well-mannered as them when he grows up.


Daddy made it to the party! Hah…


Mommy too!


Aunt Stephanie, Gracie, & Chloe came! We always have Gracie get Jase to smile for pictures because she can make him laugh. Funny girls!


Grandma & Grandpa wouldn’t miss it! He kept calling Grandpa “Pop.” (We missed Aunt Jade- she couldn’t get off work.)


Buddy Braylon came with Mommy/Daddy/Baby BFF…He loves to rub Jase’s hair. Maybe he’s just excited for him that he finally has some?



Ragan, Presley, Carsyn (& Madison & Kohlton) partied it up! Jase was trying to escape. Ha!


The kids were so much fun & had a blast playing together in the yard.


And after everyone went home, Jimmy let Jase pretend to drive. He loved pushing all the buttons.


“See you guys later…”


“Look everybody…no hands!”


“Just kidding. 10 & 2.”


Blowing kisses…


“Mom…I’m ONE now!”


Thank you again to everyone who helped us celebrate. What a FUN day!

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Jase’s Nautical 1st Birthday Party

Our sweet Jase turned one on May 8th! We scheduled his party for May 17th because we were out of town for the weekend of his actual birthday.

Before his birthday, I started having anxiety about his party. What would be the best time to have it so he would be well-rested? Who should we invite? What kind of budget should we have? I finally realized I was making way too big of a deal about it and decided to soak it up and enjoy the planning. He only turns ONE once, and surviving & thriving our first year is a big deal, right?  My mom is the party planning QUEEN, but she has been super busy with other family stuff, so I knew I was going to have to do a good bit of this myself. Time to put my party planning pants on!

I started by booking a last minute session with Brittany at Nine Sixteen. She is fantastic and always so sweet with Jase! She got this precious picture back to me ASAP so I could print the invitations, and my sister sent them out for me while I was in New Orleans (thanks Tammie!!). I mostly sent out the invites to our family, our closest friends, and the people we know who love Jase the most.

I decided on a nautical theme because I just think it’s so classic & timeless, and I love Hebrews 16:9 as the Scripture-base. I picked out two invitations I liked and ended up going with the first of these two. Love how they turned out!!



I did not want to spend a lot on decorations, but I decided to do Jase’s “big boy” room in the nautical theme when it’s time, so I felt more justified because they’ll be used again and for a long time. The navy, light blue, and pop of red will look awesome with his grey walls & white bead board.  I found some super cute stuff at Kirkland’s, Home Goods (my fave), and Hobby Lobby on sale (if it’s not on sale at Hobby Lobby…don’t buy it and go back a few days later…it will be). Everything turned out ADORABLE!!



I ended up giving mom money & a list to get the food together for me. She enjoys doing that so I just let her go to town. There was a spread and it was DELISH!! Her chicken salad was the biggest hit.


Loved the way his banners turned out! I haven’t crafted or tapped into my creative side much lately, so it was time. A pic for each month…



The cake was from Publix & was super yummy. It was the same girl who made the cakes for my wedding showers, which I think is kinda cool. She spelled Jase’s name wrong at first, but Tammie & Ragan had her fix it Whew! Good lookin out, sisters.


Everyone ate and played and chatted for a little while before cake and presents.


I got bubbles, sidewalk chalk, and a frisbee for less than $5 to keep the big kids entertained outside. They had fun with it, but I think they had more fun playing in the yard and rolling down the hill. I love how simple kids are to please. It rained some in the morning, but cleared up and was beautiful all afternoon- just in time for the party. Thank you, Lord!

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Here is the video of us singing “Happy Birthday”….he didn’t seem to know what to think about it.


Everyone got Jase the PERFECT presents! Balls, books (Mama is thankful for some new material too!), blocks, puzzles, some cute outfits, a swimming pool, cars, and money for his savings account. He is LOVING the new toys. Thank you all so much…. couldn’t have asked for more perfect gifts!


The boys were SO funny together! They were all talking up a storm back and forth! I cannot wait for all of our little fellas to grow up together! I pray every day that Jase will desire and be surrounded by godly friends, and I know these ladies are training their boys up right. Thankful for friends with the same values for sure!


Little cuties! Braylon & Vann both look JUST like their mommies to me. Love my sweet BFFs & their babies.


Somebody was just a littttttle jealous! Not naming any names. ::cough::Jase::cough


Cutie patootie Pres Pres is only 6 months and weighs as much as Jase. Baby got back.

We also sang “Happy Birthday” to my nephew Tyler who turned the big 2-0!! Happy birthday, bud. No longer a “teenager”…welcome to manhood.


4:00 ended up being the perfect time because Jase got in two great naps before everyone started arriving. He still could care less about his cake, but I let him have a cookie

So thankful for everyone who came to help us celebrate!! It really was such a GREAT day & we had a blast. It was super laid back, flowed smoothly, & everyone was in a great mood. Jase LOVED having so many people at the house. He started smiling & waving as everyone hiked it up the driveway & I don’t think he stopped till bedtime. Lil booger was worn out and crashed hard. I know it seems like I overuse the word thankful, but I know we are so very blessed to be surrounded with such great friends and family who love our little guy so much.

Happy 1st Birthday Party Day, Jase!! You are the light of our lives and we loved celebrating Y-O-U!!