Sunday, February 03, 2008
Happy Birthday to Jonah
The birthday boy with his cake.
The fam at Jonah's party.
Rocking horse from Gampa is a big hit.
Jonah turned one on Thursday. We celebrated on Saturday with a Hawaiian-themed party. There were 13 guests and lots of good food. I baked a coconut cake from scratch (with a coconut cream cheese frosting) that tastes even better today than it did yesterday. Jonah has never really had dessert before and he chowed down on that cake!
We had Brandon's dad Alan and his wife Linda there. Brandon's sisters, Katie and Dr. Andy were there and Andrea's husband Coach Brandon. Then we had Brandon's cousin Matt, his wife Ashly and their two darling daughters there too. The only friend that made it was Aaron. Bravo to Aaron for sticking it out at a one-year-old's birthday party as a single guy amongst a bunch of relatives.
We spent all day cleaning and readying the house and cooking. I served a full dinner which included; rice, huli huli chicken, hawaiian meatballs, fruit with li hing powder, a veggie tray, cake, drinks, and ice cream. All the food was tasty:)
Jonah got tons of great gifts; toys and books. Honestly, really fantastic presents. Jonah was overwhelmed but really enjoyed himself AND managed to open all the gifts (with lots of help) and not get stuck on just one thing. He looked handsome and behaved himself.
It was fun to finally entertain at our house. This was the first time I've cooked for people since we've moved here. Matt's family and Aaron hadn't been over before so it was fun giving them the tour of our home too.
It was a great party. A special thanks to Andy for being so helpful and for getting good pictures on my camera, which I was too busy to do. Hopefully Linda got some good ones of Jonah opening gifts that I can post later. Thank you to Nana Colleen and Aunt Robin for the gifts Jonah got in the mail, they were great too. It was a great first birthday celebration.