Zayda in One-derland!

 Zayda is one! 

 We celebrated her birthday Monday evening with dinner, cupcakes, balloons and family and friends.


We sort of did an Wonderland / One-derland theme since Azia did an Mad Tea Party birthday a few years ago and we still had some things hanging around.

We had cupcakes in teacups and croquet and propeller hats instead of birthday hats. 

Papa and Yaya let us borrow their yard and the kids went over and decorated a little a few hours before.

 We had some face painting, and a make-shift photo booth, and even though we have variables like Lex (who, although he denied it, apparently ate half dozen cupcakes before I frosted them and then dumped and not only broke but sat on three of the ones in teacups on the way over to the party) and me (who completely forgot to even get the ice cream out of the freezer) it was a nice relaxing evening. 

Zayda got a good start on her next year surrounded by family and friends.

All her aunts and uncles are out of town (fire season!) so there weren't as many people as are sometimes around for birthdays. You know you have big family when 30+ people seems like a quiet little gathering.

hanging out with her biggest big brother

visiting with Monte
birthday girl!
Nana & Aodhan checking out her year in pictures. (I've printed them, which I'm considering a commitment to make some sort of scrapbook of her first year with them.)

monopolizing the photobooth

 Azia made and decorated Zayda's cake. (Luckily we had a cake after Lex's help with the cupcakes.) She also did most of the organizing of the decorations.

The cake became a little more wonky than initially designed by the time we served it..

Zayda had her own cake on her birthday--today she seemed more interested in the teacup cakes than a piece of real cake.

Israel and the Matt boys mastering the game of croquet
with her dad
It was a great end to a fun first year. Summer BBQs are pretty much the best end to any day.

And now on to being one!


196: Lounging at the Lake

It's the beginning of our family kayak fleet. We just need a few dozen more boats.


194: just a regular old relaxing Sunday

(And this is her newborn size swimsuit. Apparently she hasn't grown quite as much in the last 11 months as I thought!)

193: busy summer Saturday

Such a fun, crazy day! Azia is 12 today!

We started the morning at the Missoula Kids Marathon. After Zoran and Lex ran, we were back over to the softball fields for Azia's game. After the afternoon game, Azia had cupcakes with her team,  slightly destroyed tie-dyed cupcakes she made last night that sort of survived the morning and riding to Missoula with Lex, but birthday cupcakes still. She wanted Chinese food for her birthday lunch and then we took everyone over to Splash Montana to cool off. Azia was off sliding with her friends and girls from the team so I didn't actually see her much (so I have a picture of Zayda the fish who loves the water!)

When we got home in the evening the kids were ready for more swimming at the Dam, Azia & Jenna were bike riding and planning outfits for church in the morning, and after some moon watching and more ambulance calls,  I was pretty excited about not having to get up early in the morning. Another busy week ahead!