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Time Flies: Harrison's 1st birthday!

I canNOT believe that my littlest little man is 1 already!  What!?  
Harrison is just perfect!  He is so happy.  And smart.  And full of energy.  He is the sweetest baby.  He has the most adorable dimples.  The fluffiest (almost) white hair.  And his cute little pudgy arms reaching for me and wrapping around my neck is the best feeling in the world!  I'm so so grateful he joined our family a year ago!
Harrison is the fastest crawler around!  He is standing by himself, but he doesn't like walking just yet.  He is such a little chatter!  He spends most of his days saying "what's this!?" about every little thing his little chubby fingers picks up.  He also says:  hi, bye-bye, brah-brah, mama, dada, what's that, who's that, diaper, all done, more, baba, juice, and yessssss.  I'm sure there's more, but that's all I can think of right now.  He's such a smart baby!  He has 8 teeth (4 top and 4 bottom) and he climbs like a little monkey with absolutely NO FEAR!  He loves to jump out of my arms like a little chimp.  Good thing I have enough fear for both of us.  He's going to give me a heart attack.

His little life has just flown by, so having the theme "time flies" seemed to fit perfectly.
And it turned out pretty cute if I do say so myself!
My mom and I made all the decorations ourselves.  

And since our awesome family photographer moved away, my mom and I also took his first birthday pictures ourselves.
We did a pretty decent job for not having any photography skills.
My mom is awesome, by the way!

Here's his "Time Flies" themed picture.
This was just about a disaster- it was so windy the balloons kept hitting the grass and popping.
It was a bit frustrating, but we got a couple of cute shots-

We took a few in the grass, but he wasn't a big fan of the grass.  It was pretty pokey and not very soft at all, so I can't blame him too much.  However, grandma bought the boys these little pinwheels, and holding his little pinwheel made the grass not so bad.
At first, he was totally mesmerized by the pinwheel.  The wind helped make the pinwheel pretty magical.

Then, he had to try to figure out his magical pinwheel-

And then it was nothing but pinwheel joy!
Just look at that sweet little smile!

We tried to get some pictures with all 3 boys, but Harrison wasn't having it and I couldn't get the bigger boys attention for more than 2.7 seconds.
But I really love this picture because they're just hanging out, just being brothers.

We also took a few pictures at the park.
This is daddy's favorite photo because he makes this little face a lot.
Look at those big blues!  I just want to squeeze this baby!

Here's my favorite shot.
I love his wispy hair.
I love his big blue eyes.
I just love this perfect little man!

Ok, so back to the party...
There were presents to be opened!

He pretty much cried for the first 5 minutes of presents because he just wanted to play with the toys he already had.  But I had a trick up my sleeve...
I know my tiny little baby loves cars- anything with wheels, and I knew he had a big trunk in one of those presents so we opened that one first.

He spent the rest of his time playing with his red fire truck (that he's holding) while the rest of us opened his gifts.
Until he found some new instruments!
What's better than a rolling truck?
Loud, noisy instruments, of course!

And then there were puzzles.  Messy, messy puzzles.

This picture of for grandpa Tyler and grandma Viv.
He found CARS at the store, so he'll still be getting big boy clothes with the money you sent, but he spent a little on more cars.
Little boys can never have enough cars.

What rounds out a perfect 1st birthday?

My mom and I made the toppers.
I seriously LOVED how this cake turned out!
It was exactly how I pictured it.

And every birthday boy needs the perfect birthday seat to eat cake at for the first time-

Harrison had the best reaction to his birthday cake yet!
See this sweet little cupcake.  Totally innocent, right?

This little cupcake terrified the birthday boy.
It was hilarious!
Just look,..
We're singing to the birthday boy, he's seems very happy-

He looks quite interested in his birthday smash cupcake-

And then it happened.
The candle was blown out and that sweet little cupcake turned into the spawn of satan and Harrison wanted nothing to do with that evil confection!

Somebody needs to save this baby from the evil of his first cupcake!
...because I was too busy laughing.

Don't worry, he was rescued.  Eventually...
And after some mommy lovins he took a nice birthday nap.

Happy FIRST birthday, Harrison.
You are loved beyond measure!


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