Jun 24, 2013

Farm Yard Fun as Joe Turns One!

Not a bad place to spend some time on a gorgeous sunny day eh!?!   I was going to start this post by saying, "Remember this place?"  Because around this time last year we were here and I stood in almost the same spot to snap almost the same photo....

It was a day earlier, this time last year...and we were here with our two girls and one very large bump!  I can't say, "Remember this place?" because I took a quick look back and realized, I never did get to post those photos - the photos of us strawberry picking a year ago.  We were here because my midwife didn't believe my water had broke and so with early stages of labour happening and not much else to do but wait, we headed to this farm just down the road to pick some sweet ripe berries.

And so we though it was fitting that we should return here to celebrate Joseph's Birthday!

It was hot but lovely!  We picked two full baskets and brought them home.  After, we headed to town to take in a restaurant for our boy's Birthday...lupper - (lunch/supper - it's a favourite meal of mine - beats brunch any day! ;) lol!)

The waitress was very nice and brought two small piece of cake for Joseph...but really - I think she knew we weren't going to give the cake to him and so the girls got to enjoy that treat!  Small town hospitality, I tell you!

After home, and a nap it was just sweet family time - with gift opening and time for fun outside.  My hubby caught one of our chickens (oh I will talk more about that soon - not that there's a whole lot to say but still) and let Joe have a good ol gander at it.

It was really just a sweet day - my husband was home because he is only working three days a week this month -and so we enjoyed being all together and taking in all that has transpired over the last 12 months.

I cannot believe how fast those months have slipped by!  How fast and how big my little man has grown! And yes...he won't put that foot down in the long grass....a country boy still in training!

Speaking of country boy - we held our traditional family fun filled first year birthday party for him this past Saturday.  

Farm yard fun theme - OF COURSE!!!  Oh it was fuuun to get all set up for this one!  Oh the excuses to buy burlap, gingham, denim...*sigh*...bliss!  I mean...it was all for Joe's party....


And I was one happy gal when I got to go out and meander around the barns the night before, to collect an arm full of wild flowers - I adore them - so pretty!

Do you like the chicken coop?  I DO!!!! Isn't it just the sweetest thing - my hubby did such a fantastic job...but yes, party...back to the party fun...chickens... another day!

We made a bean bag toss game with materials we had around - including the bean bags that I made from an old pair of torn jeans.  The chalk board score board belonged to my dad - I missed him this weekend - he would have loved this party!

And there were refreshments - all farm yard themed, all well enjoyed!  I even got to break out my picnic screens - eee! Love them!!  And yes, that is homemade lemonade - and that super drink serving jug - 12 bucks!  Nice eh!?!

Food, food and food - mmm, mmm, good!....I just forgot to get a picture of the 'Slop' a.k.a - poteggie salad (it's just potato and egg salad - but my dad called it poteggie and I have always liked that!)



And then there were the cupcakes - I made my traditional marshmallow fondant and had a blast making all those cute barn yard critters.   People - it's so easy to make - you can find the recipe I used here it's really inexpensive, easy to store, use and colour - I love it - it's my go-to!

haha - yes that IS what it looks like...a pig in the mud!! (that last one pictured there was Joseph's cupcake...though he didn't eat the pig...uh..tail! ;)  lol!!)

So it was all set up, the people were beginning to arrive it was going just peachy!  Then...in a few moments it went from this....

...to this.

Oh yes - the skies...they opened up!  And it rained...and rained and rained...and did not stop for some time.  And yes...in all honesty I was bummed - our first party our doors and farm themed no less with chickens to join in on the fun...*sigh* Oh well!  It really was all good!  The party was great and Joseph was surrounded - quite literally, by most of his family and our dear fremily!



So we gave our little one year old his first taste of cake - his real first taste of anything overly sweet, really!  He wasn't too sure what to do with it at first...but once given a little taste of the decadent treat before him - he was all hands on deck!

It was a great day - a wonderful time celebrating our little boy making that first big milestone!  I think it was well enjoyed by everyone and we were so happy that many of our family could be here to celebrate with us!

And because we just love to give gifts and because, what is a party without loot bags, we had one for each family that came!  Just a few little goodies - because really, who doesn't love to get a loot bag?


And so by the time most of the guests had to leave the rain had let up and the air was cooling off nicely!  It was such a fun and sweet party - and a real blast to put on - even with the rain!  And as the day ended the sun made it's appearance - peaking through the clouds and illuminating the mist that was settling into the valley - it was stunning...

I don't think that picture does what I saw, any real justice but it's still pretty darn nice!  ;)

And as I looked out over that scene I had a few moments to take in the day and the year leading up to this point.  To this celebration of a beautiful treasure, of a wonderful gift from God - our son.  I can't remember how it came about - but after learning that I was pregnant and putting one of those pregnancy counter thingies on my blog here - I found Psalm 112 and I knew when I read it, that it was Joseph's Psalm.  It's not something I usually do - I don't have "verses" for the girls per say...but this verse came...how ever which way it did and it has stuck with me as his Psalm.  It's beautiful - especially when I think of it as my prayer for him.

Joseph is a dear sweet blessing - all of our children are - I know that - it was special to have this day and to share it with so many of those near and dear to us...and to him!

I thank God for this gift, this sweet precious boy we have been blessed with.



Praise the Lord!
Blessed is the man who fears the Lord,
who greatly delights in his commandments!
 His offspring will be mighty in the land;
the generation of the upright will be blessed.
 Wealth and riches are in his house,
and his righteousness endures forever.
 Light dawns in the darkness for the upright;
he is gracious, merciful, and righteous.
 It is well with the man who deals generously and lends;
who conducts his affairs with justice.
 For the righteous will never be moved;
he will be remembered forever.
 He is not afraid of bad news;
his heart is firm, trusting in the Lord.
 His heart is steady; he will not be afraid,
until he looks in triumph on his adversaries.
He has distributed freely; he has given to the poor;
his righteousness endures forever;
his horn is exalted in honor.
 The wicked man sees it and is angry;
he gnashes his teeth and melts away;
the desire of the wicked will perish!



  1. Awww such a lovely recap of a wonderful day! I love that psalm you chose for Joseph. He is precious :)

  2. I loved this whole thing...this whole post. Especially that bean bag game. I'm going to have to pin it. ;)

    You are so creative and talented and amazing. It's crazy - good! You're kids are blessed to have a mom (and Dad) ;) like you. How special.

    I love Psalm 112. Have I ever told you that those were the verses I used to pray in my dreams of finding a godly man for my future. The Lord answered. And, I'm grateful.

  3. Lovely post....so much party fun! And what a blessing that little man is! And the girls....love you guys.

  4. Gorgeous post about a special birthday. That food looks amazing. I love reading the Psalms back to God as worship. Such beautiful words. Oh, I chuckled when you said that even though you are photographing the same place, you can't be in the same place in your life. The native american saying that you cannot step into the same river twice is so true. :)

  5. Happy Birthday Joe!! What a sweetie! Such great pictures, Kaitlin - you could be a professional party planner, what fantastic stuff!! :-D


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