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My baby has just turned one and this weekend we celebrated with about 50 friends and family members (30 kids!) in our backyard. I love big first birthday parties. I think it’s because the first year is so tough for me, I really love to celebrate it. Plus, I love that adorable baby stuff. WG, my first, had a butterfly theme. Mr. B, my second, had a Bee theme. And Cagey had a ducky theme. I just loved it. There were rubber ducks everywhere. We had a quacking contest, a pinata, balls for the babies to play in (and the big boys to toss), blank (white) rubber ducks to decorate, a soap toss contest, and a whole lot of fun. Many, many thanks to Pam Gustafson at Balloonmasters, who did an awesome job on the balloons. And can you believe it?!?!? I made the cake and cupcakes! I molded the little ducky chocolates (all but the one on top) and did the whole thing! I also made the quilt, all the little food signs, the feather topped favor bags, the quilt for the babies. It was a busy few weeks, but I was so, so happy with how everything turned out. If you love it and want it, check ebay! I’m selling all my extra supplies in one huge lot (there are four boxes of ducky things left. You could definitely do a small ducky party with all the stuff in there!)

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Every now and then we do something so fun, that I want to do it again right away. And last weekend, we went bowling. WG has been asking to do it forever. Mel takes her through the parking lot of a bowling alley on their secret way to school. So, it’s a regular request. What I didn’t realize is how much we would all like it. We had a blast, and I learned a lot too!

Here’s what I learned.
1. My mom hasn’t been bowling in at least 15 years. She didn’t know they had electronic scoring.
2. For WG, there’s nothing better than beating your parents at something. If there’s a big scoreboard…well…that’s just a bonus.
3. Those little contraptions that look like walkers really help little kids bowl. Wow, the kids bowled in the 150s.
4. Apparently, there’s no bowling in Brazil. Sorry, Feffie. And if there is, it’s a lot like pool. And they use gutter guards like the sides of the table.

Here are some of the highlights

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For Mr. C, I’m leaning toward a Rubber Duckie theme. I found some sweet inspiration online. An Aussie-based stationary design/mom Alannah Rose. So, I can’t put him in a tutu, but I’m considering using her gorgeous invites, even though they are – gasp – fill in the blank! Check her out at http://www.alannahrose.com.au/blog/2009/07/quack-quack-little-duck-birthday-theme

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I was also inspired by this gorgeous “story board” pulled together by Nounces Designs. I think I’m leaning toward the blue since Mr. C is a boy, but I may have to pull in some bright orange for yummy contrast with the blue… We’ll see! Stay tuned!

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Chapel Hill photographer Corey Williams – baby/child photographer

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