04 October 2010

Bennett's First Birthday Party

It was a fun day to celebrate Bennett's first full year alive with us!  We gathered together with a few friends and family in a park near our house.  It turned out to be a beautiful day!

The party's "jungle" theme was inspired by Bennett's best friends, his little stuffed buddies: giraffe, monkey and elephant.  These stuffed animals are particularly special to him as they were with him in the hospital over the last year.  Giraffe and Monkey comforted Bennett in the NICU.  And Bennett adopted Elephant from Cook Children's Hospital when he was only 2 months old. 

So, as not to miss his big day, Elephant, Giraffe and Monkey dressed for the occassion and stayed for the entire party!

 We served pizza, soda and other little goodies including "Monkey Munch"...

...Animal Crackers - Lions, Tigers and Bears, Oh My!...

...Elephant sugar cookies...

...and cake!!  (The cake was made as a gift for Bennett by our friend Joy.  Notice Monkey and Elephant near the jungle waterfall.  Joy is incredibly talented and we just delighted on such a special cake for our special boy!)

 Giraffe, not to be forgotten, sat on the top of Bennett's "Smash" cake.

Singing "Happy Birthday to You."  Big brother Oliver got to blow out the candle, which he was pretty proud about.

But when it came time to smash the "Smash" cake...Bennett wasn't too thrilled.

In fact, he made it very clear he wanted none of it!  "No cake for me, Mom!!"

While he didn't like the cake, he did later enjoy a cookie!  We were shocked!! 

Look at this boy go!  We were SO proud of him!  Every bite matters - the more he practices eating and shows interest, the closer we get to him being weaned from the g-tube!

Moving on to gifts...Bennett unwraps his gifts (with the help of Oliver).  He loved with his new toy walker!

Mr. Drew puts together Bennett's walker while we all watch.  Oliver was as anxious to play with the toy as Bennett was!  (It turned out to be quite the hit at the party - especially with the under-3 crowd.)

Bennett really loved his new books!

Happy Birthday, Bennett-Bear!   We are so glad you're a part of our family and can't wait to celebrate more birthdays with you!


  1. You throw an AWESOME party, Breck!! I wish I could have been there to celebrate with you all... :) Miss you. XO

  2. Chelsea is right! Your birthday parties are always SO cute and creative! PS - This is a GREAT family photo of you guys, and I can't believe how big Oliver is getting! I think this is a Christmas card right here =)

  3. What a beautiful family! Glad you had such a pretty day for Bennett's party! Love ya, MS.Ann

  4. Happy Birthday Bennett! Lovely Cake!


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