A Very Belated 1st Birthday Post

Amari turned one years old this past Sunday and I must say, I was one very proud mama. I feel so blessed to have such an amazing little boy in my life. He of course had no idea that it was his birthday. The day was just a normal day in the life of Amari. Trev and I woke him up around 8:30 and he greeted us with his usual cheeky baby grin. He was so sleepy and we were so happy that he actually slept through the night. I had stayed up pretty late with my little sister Leanna baking cookies and making his birthday cake. I must admit I was very pleased with the outcome of the cookies and the cake. Amari’s birthday cake was the first birthday cake that I have ever made (EVER!) and it tasted delicious. There is nothing better than a banana flavored cake with a layer of vanilla pudding and butter cream frosting.

C'était très bon!

Leanna and I had our worry wart moment though during the decorating process but we managed to fix it. The bottom layer of the cake tried to die on us but we just put a lot of butter cream frosting on it and presto, we saved it. =D The fun part was putting on the star-shaped fondant cut outs. I’ve never worked with fondant before. It was like I was seven-years-old again and playing with play dough. We decided that we were going to have to write Buddy a letter because he makes cake baking and decorating look easy on the Cake Boss and it so is not that easy!

Trev, Auntie Leanna, the birthday boy, and I met Uncle Randy and Uncle Shawn at Black Bear Dinner for breakfast. Note: The Black Bear Dinner is both Randy and Shawn’s favorite place to eat breakfast at. The portions are Ridiculous! And yes, the capital R needs to be there. Serving sizes for the BBD are not normal.

Amari got his flirt on with the pretty waitress and we all found it rather amusing that she kept calling him her “boyfriend”. Every time she would walk past him he would stop what he was doing and would stare at her and grin before going back to whatever else he was doing. My son is the biggest flirt that I have ever encountered. I am very terrified of the day that the first girl calls our house and asks to speak to him. I can already tell that he is going to have the girls lined up around the block. Scary, scary thought. A.J. enjoyed eating his pancakes, hash browns, and scrambled eggs while the adults just mingled. After our delicious and rather fulfilling meal we made our way to Target before heading home. 

Grammy B, Grandpa, and Auntie J stopped bye to pick up the cake and a few presents that we couldn’t fit in the Camry. They visited for a few minutes before heading home. We were all trying to get ready for Amari’s party that they were hosting in less than an hour. Trev and I stuffed the party favors quickly while Leanna played on the floor with Amari and then we made our way over to Grandma and Grandpa’s house. We finished decorating the house and we hung up the birthday banner that I made out of craft paper and super fun sparkly paper. I <3 the sparkly paper. The banner turned out amazing even though the font that I used for the letters made the I’s look like J’s. =P It was my first “Do It Yourself” (DIY) project and we can use it for many years to come.

A few of our family members were unable to attend the party due to the bad weather, work, and being off at college but they were here in spirit and even sent the birthday gifts along with aunts and uncles for the birthday boy. A majority of our family members and close family friends joined us in celebration; we had a blast! Amari has a lot of amazing people in his life that love and care for him. He got lots of great gifts and enjoyed eating his birthday cake. Happy 1st birthday Amari James! I look forward to another great year of milestones and amazing-ness. Mommy and Daddy love you very much. 

Can I have some?

Mmm, yummy!

The birthday boy!

Mmm, cake!

Presents, presents, presents! 

The birthday banner I made.

Uncle Shawn and Amari in his birthday outfit.

Happy birthday Amari!

Amari with his mellow Uncle Shawn and Auntie Leanna

Amari and Great Auntie Pam

Amari and Uncle Randy

Cousin Bridget, Kristen, and Amari

Mommy, Daddy, and Amari

Amari <3's Grammy B and Grandpa

The cookies that Auntie Leanna and I made.

The birthday cake!

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