August is all about B-I-R-T-H-D-A-Y-S in our house! First Bennett, then Papa, then Nina, then McKenzie. Oh boy! But really—how is Bennett going to be ONE next week?
We have a super-special “Very Hungry Caterpillar” party planned for him this weekend for his FIRST birthday. In reality, it’s just an excuse to barbecue with all our friends, but he’ll be doing a “smash cake” for sure! I can’t wait, I think those are impossibly cute. =) I made some cake toppers for the cake today (see pic). The dots will go around the bottom, and the sun & caterpillar will be on top. I bet he will eat it all, that boy has an appetite.
I also did his first birthday photos today. *swoon* I got his outfit handmade on Etsy. I always did it with McKenzie and she wore them all year, so why not? And it’s adorable. I also got this customized First Birthday Chalkboard Digital Download off Etsy as well (KatesKanvas)! How cute is that?!
As for McKenzie, her party is going to be a fabulous Cowgirl Bash. She’s so excited! We got a unicorn piñata today….that works, right? She’s never had a piñata before, so she’s over-the-moon about that. Her party will only be two hours, and I figure I’ll have an “itinerary” planned, of sorts, so there’s some direction and no fighting. Maybe some water balloon relay-races and such? I did these photos for her invites. =)
In more news around the house, our chicks aren’t so little anymore! Since my last post, Elsa, the little yellow chick, died. It was very sad. I just opened the coop up in the morning, and she didn’t run down with the others. I had separated her from the others the day before because she seemed “off.” I think the older girls were blocking her from food & water to establish their pecking order. =( Anyhow, we re-named Anna “Esther.” Here is a picture of Esther, Penny, and Flora (top to bottom). They love to scratch around the yard and eat bugs when we’re outside, but we daren’t leave them out when we’re not around…the hawks literally circle their coop and call. We also got the “run” addition for their coop so they’d have a little more space.
We also have STILL not settled on a final price for the house. F%^*&^!# short sale. Ugh. We should have an answer by tomorrow, and new prospective closing date is August 29th.