What a fantastically fun weekend we just had, celebrating Aiden's first birthday! On Friday, we started things out (EARLY, I might add) by waking up around 6 AM to see Aiden's photo on Channel 10 News (which is the photo to the left)! It was funny to listen to the newscasters talk about how excited he looked in his photo, as well as what a great Irish name he had. :) We found out on Tuesday that my oldest sister Heidi (and my nephew Gary) had decided at the last minute to make the trek up to Ohio from South Carolina to attend the party! Needless to say we were excited, especially since my other out-of-state sister Megan was already flying in, too, so all five Kirschenheiter kids would be together at that same time--a rarity to say the least. Aiden is so lucky to have such great aunts. :)
Party time on Saturday was awesome, even if a certain birthday boy was a bit tired and cranky; since turning one, he seems to have decided that naps are no longer necessary! I can't blame him, though, for wanting to stay awake and be a part of all the festivities. We went with a St. Patrick's Day theme for several reasons; one, WE'RE IRISH; two, I had A LOT of decorations to choose from, and three, Aiden just looks darn cute in green! I think everything looked great. First, we ate--our spread consisted of pizza, yummy garlic salad, these neat jalapeno-cream cheese-bacon thingies courtesy of Aunt Megan (DELISH), potato chips, and for dessert later, chocolate cupcakes and a BEAUTIFUL yellow cake, courtesy of the very talented Aunt Angie.After that, everyone gathered in the living room to watch Aiden open his gifts. He got a great variety, including some much-needed summertime clothes, some new toys (including a swing for the back porch, a Grover puppet, some jumbo-Legos, and other fun stuff) as well as some cash and gift cards that we'll be sure to spend soon! Then it was back into the kitchen to sing Happy Birthday to our big boy. He seemed totally perplexed by the candle on his cake (see the video below--you may want to turn your volume down because it is a bit loud), and he wasn't too sure about eating that cupcake, either, but I think his lack-of-a-nap contributed to that. In all, we had sooooooo much fun--in fact, someone was so tuckered out once the last of our guests left that he took a 2 1/2 hour nap! We CAN'T WAIT to do this again next year!
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