[I’ve been wanting to post this one sooner but we’ve been crazy busy with family in town evacuating Irma. My mom, sister, & her fiancé, Dallas, were able to stay with us. My father refused to evacuate (stubborn!) but we are all very lucky to have experienced only minimal damage with limbs down in their yards & are currently still out of power but SAFE & that’s all that matters. Thank you for your kind words during that scary time!]
WAKE IS UNO!
If you sit down and really think about it, it’s wild to comprehend that our little man is already ONE year young. Our sweet boy! He really has given us the absolute BEST year of our life & we couldn’t be more thankful. He is SO FUNNY & sweet & fun! I wake up every morning so thankful that he is ours.
I threw quite a party for the little guy, even though he’ll never remember it. But like most new parents, the first birthday is a huge one so I went all out. John was a good hubby & just let me do my thing which was awesome support for my crazy 😉
Since my family came from Florida & John’s parents came from Arkansas, I decided to rent a house for my family to stay at for the weekend as well as house the party. Since just renting a venue for a few hours wouldn’t give me enough time to set up & enjoy the party before having to pack up & get out, this was the best option for me.
I had originally booked an AirBnB in Brentwood that was a new, contemporary build with a nice open floor plan. I ordered the invites from TinyPrints & sent them out 2 months in advance. About a month later, the AirBnB I rented contacted me to tell me we couldn’t have the party there since they no longer had their short-term rental permit. Although I was PISSED & upset, I just KNEW that this was happening for a reason so I started my search again. I was nervous because it was a holiday weekend & I didn’t think I would find another “perfect” venue that slept 8 as well. I decided to check VRBO & found THE MOST PERFECT home. I booked the Leiper’s Fork Inn direct through Pot N’ Kettle Cottages & Samantha could not have been a more gracious host. She thought of EVERYTHING from the styling of the decor to the ease of entering the home to having it fully stocked with the essentials, making the weekend there a breeze. She even refunded the $500 damage deposit the very next day. I have never had a better rental experience & I highly suggest checking out their cottages!
We had about 60 people come to the party so I wanted to make sure everyone of every age had “something” to do. I had a bar stocked full of booze, Meiomi, & beer for the adults & a bounce house outside for the kiddos (& also for the adults, let’s be honest.) We also rented a Photo Booth which is always a hit at parties.
We got Wakey a smash cake but he was less than interested. I’m learning that he doesn’t really love to be sticky or messy which is hilarious to me. He put his hand in the cake then immediately ditched it to crawl to John to save him. Cute baby boy!
The weekend went swimmingly & our little man was beyond spoiled. We will slowly give him his present throughout the year as he doesn’t need half of the stuff he received although we are all very thankful for the gifts. Besides, he is usually more interested in the cardboard box that the gift came in than the actual gift itself. #OneYearOldProblems
Thank you to EVERYONE who has had nothing but nice things to say about Wake’s sweetness & our parenting over the past year. You really have no idea how much it means to hear those things. Being supported as new parents is like the ultimate complement & I can’t thank each & everyone of you enough for following along on our adventure with positivity & love! Here’s to 100 more years of happiness with our new best friend!
Everything’s better when you look on the bright side.