Colton's First Birthday Party

I knew I wanted to do an "Up" party. My baby shower theme was "Up" and I had so many ideas after the fact that I just had to go all out for a party. I made the invitations and printed them with a little balloon picture on the envelope

Here's the whole table. I spent a while making the backdrop. 6 dollar store tablecloths, a rotary cutter, and lots of knots. Then Jared strung the balloons for the top the day of. (100 points if you can spy Penny!)

I found a really cool old trunk at a consignment shop in Colorado that I HAD to have for the table. I showcased his newborn photo book, plus his "My adventure book", that I made with his weekly photos and updates through 6 months. Chips and dip, Plus I made "sky" jello.

 In the middle was the big banner I made, you can't read it in the pictures but it said "Adventure is out there" and there is his Smash cake, and the ham and cheese sliders

Then on the end were the drinks and the cupcakes, complete with donut holes rolled in sprinkles for the balloons.
We had Jeff and Kailey, Shea and McKay (plus Penny and Colton's best friend Declan), and Michelle and Dan (plus Shep). Not a huge party, but it was perfect. We ate delicious food, opened presents, and sat around talking and watching the kids play in the back yard. It was exactly how I imagined it!
Colton loved his Smash Cake of course. He grabbed a handful and shoved it in his mouth at first, but then decided he mostly liked the huge sprinkles, and spent the next 10 minutes eating them one by one.
Thanks so everyone who helped us celebrate. We wish all our family could have been there! But having wonderful friends makes celebrating these huge occasions very sweet.


Farewell to Lance

Lance gave an amazing farewell talk on Sunday, and I am so grateful we were there. I only ugly cried once, when he gave me a shoutout and cried through my name. He was set apart after church, and I was just so so proud of him. We all flew back to Salt Lake Sunday night, and it was sad to say goodbye, but Tuesday we got to pick Elder Bunch up from the airport! He stayed with us Tuesday night and Colton and I took him to the MTC on Wednesday.
Calgary is one lucky place! What a remarkable man my brother has become.

Lance's buddies that came for his farewell talk. Most of them aren't LDS. Such a great missionary already!
Lance even got Thom Cook to cry

4 generations of "Bunch"

4 generations of "Trimble"

At the stoplight outside of the MTC, and Elder Bunch Wheeling off!!



Colton and I went out to Colorado for ourselves for a week before Jared joined us, and we had a BLAST!

First off, on the airplane, Colton got his own seat! He was such a big boy with his seatbelt on, and we sat next to the sweetest girl in the world who loved playing with him the whole time.
We loved hanging out with Grandma and Grandpa, and of COURSE Uncle Lance. By the end of the week Colton was saying "N-ya, n-ya" and that meant "Lance".
We went out to a delicious Mexican Restaurant one night and Colton loved his quesadillas. By the end of dinner though he was bored, so he went to Grandma, and we decided to give him a lemon. Lo and behold they are apparently his favorite thing ever because he DEVOURED about 5 lemon wedges. It was so funny the whole restaurant was watching him.
Of course we always see some wildlife. The Baby deer right in the front yard, and the litter (?) of wild baby turkeys down the street
Lance and I got to see a movie while Grandma watched Colton, and the next day while grocery shopping the funniest thing of Colton's life happened when Damon repeatedly knocked over the juice. He had everyone giggling

On Saturday we went to the HUGE Renaissance Festival down in Larkspur, it was seriously the size of Disneyland and it was amazing!

 Saturday night we did a little get together for Lance, he had a bunch of friends over, and the Cooks came over and we had a feast! Also, after a week of 5-6 steps, Colton finally took off walking. 7/25/15, about 2 weeks before his 1st birthday.

Also this picture happened with spaghetti and it is hysterical