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A (very) late post about Thanksgiving

So I’ve been meaning to get this post up for a while. But apparently a baby that doesn’t sleep = a mama that doesn’t blog. At least it’s still (just barely) October.

As mentioned previously, we went to Kemptville for the Thanksgiving long weekend. Besides going for the BIG FAMILY DINNER, we were also there to celebrate Boo Boo’s first birthday with my parents. As expected, my mom did her part to continue with the Sesame Street theme:

Sesame Street and One year balloons

Boo playing with his balloons

Boo enjoyed his first ever experience with helium balloons…I don’t think he could figure out how they stayed afloat!

Cookie Monster puppet

Boo Boo’s Nana bought him a handmade Cookie Monster puppet. It’s been a big hit.

As for Thanksgiving dinner? It was delicious!

Thanksgiving table

Thanksgiving table detail

The table setting was lovely. Unfortunately, I wasn’t seated at it – this was the “Over 50” table – and I was at the “everyone else with kids” table.

It was also hectic. There were 4 littles present (another on the way for my cousin!), so the husband and I spent a large majority of the time running after, or tending to Boo, as he crawled through people’s legs, “ran about” with his walker, and played alongside (if not with) his cousins:

Boo examine's A's dress

Boo was pretty obsessed with A’s dress – the stripes and the flowers proved irresistible. A was a VERY good sport about Boo Boo’s grabbiness….we felt like he might be coming on a little too strong, but A’s mama was of the opinion that it was good preparation for a little brother!

Boo Boo staring intently

Though you can’t see him, Boo is staring intently at his cousin O who’s far more skilled with the Mega Blocks (I love the look on his face!).

Dinner was equally hectic. Though Boo had his turkey before everyone else (the little guy gets so so so distracted, and with only 3 stubby little teeth, we didn’t expect him to eat from the table anyway), he still sat with us while we ate and practiced with his sippy cup:

Boo Boo holding his sippy cup

His older cousin O – already a master at drinking from a cup – thought he’d give himself a challenge and try a wine glass instead (which he’s also clearly mastered….we got that glass out of his hands before he managed to drink any of its contents!):

O tries to sip from a glass of wine

And since it was a birthday celebration, we of course had another Sesame Street birthday cake for Boo Boo – this time it was an Elmo cake! I’d made it about two weeks earlier, at the same time as his Cookie Monster cake, and then kept it in the freezer until Thanksgiving. I was worried about freezing a fully frosted cake, but it turned out just fine. The key was to fully freeze it (for about 4 hours) BEFORE wrapping it in cling wrap and aluminium foil….and then, of course, to unwrap it immediately upon removing it from the freezer to prevent any damage to the icing.

Me and my Elmo cake

Me and my masterpiece!

Elmo cake and other deserts

It was just one among many, many deserts. Obviously, it proved most popular with the littles. Not so much with the over 50 crowd ;)

Elmo cake

The Elmo cake in all its glory!

I’d really hoped that the red icing, combined with Boo Boo’s obsession with Elmo, would prove more enticing than the Cookie Monster cake. But nope. Boo couldn’t have cared less about my masterpiece. I trust I’ll get a difference reaction to cake by the time his next birthday rolls along.

So that was our Thanksgiving…as I’m obviously seriously behind on my holidays, you can imagine that my post on Boo Boo’s Halloween will be………..coming. At some point.

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Boo Boo’s 1st Birthday

Last week my little man turned one! I was far more excited about it than he was. Obviously.

Despite his lack of interest in getting older I still wanted to make the day special. So we spent the morning playing together, and having his 12-month photo shoot:

Boo in 12-month onesie

After a big hug, kiss and a “Happy Birthday” from both Mama and Dada, I dressed Boo in his 12-month onesie made by his Nana. As you can see, he was very thoughtful that morning, obviously contemplating his life so far, and what it means to be one year old.

Boo in his jeans and moccasins

Once he’d finished with his deep thoughts, though…he got on the move…

Boo poking Mama's glasses

…he very closely examined Mama’s glasses…

Boo laughing

…which for some reason was lots of fun!

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Mama and Boo Boo dancing to celebrate ONE YEAR OLD!!! Hurrah!

Boo and his Jeep

As the day wore on, though, Boo started to get a little pensive again (i.e. he was getting sleepy).

When Boo went down for his nap, that’s when I got busy decorating!

Sesame Street Pom Poms

I’d seen Sesame Street pom poms on Pinterest previously, and decided they’d be a great low-cost, but high impact, decoration that I could re-use in Boo Boo’s room after his birthday. A week or so before the big day I bought tissue paper at the dollar store and made each pom pom using 5 sheets, cut in half (making each pom 10 sheets thick – so nice and full). I already knew how to make poms from my wedding, so this was a cinch. There are tutorials everywhere for poms. I won’t bore you with another one.

I had plenty of card stock and construction paper in my craft stash for the faces, which I mostly drew free-hand (except for the eyes…I think I traced a stacking cup for those). Once everything was cut out, I used double-sided tape to adhere the faces to the poms.

Here’s a close-up of each character (I’m quite proud of them!):

Grover Pom Pom

Grover Pom Pom

Big Bird Pom Pom

Big Bird Pom Pom

Elmo Pom Pom

Elmo Pom Pom

Cookie Monster Pom Pom

Cookie Monster Pom Pom

Oscar the Grouch Pom Pom

Oscar the Grouch Pom Pom – this one was my favourite!

1st Birthday Napkins

To stick with the Sesame Street and primary colours theme, I bought a green dollar store tablecloth, yellow paper plates, and – my only decoration splurge – 1st Birthday Elmo napkins from the party store.

Boo Boo's presents

And of course there were presents!

When Boo woke up, we explored the house and its new birthday decor:

Boo looks at his presents

Boo looking up at his stack of presents. I think he was eyeing the Elmo gift bag, and the Big Hugs Elmo that wasn’t wrapped (it was delivered earlier that day….so no time to wrap it!)

Boo and balloons

Besides the Sesame Street poms, I’d also hung balloons throughout the house at “Boo level” for him to see better, and play with.

After enjoying the decorations, we went for a walk to the park. I’d intended for Boo to have a ride on the swings…..only they were already gone!! Completely completely gone! (It wasn’t just a matter of the swings being taken down for the winter – the whole swingset was dismantled and gone…they’ve been working on improvements to our local park, so I can only hope new (and better) ones will be put up next spring.)

Boo and Mama on a walk

Boo and Mama enjoying the fresh air on his Birthday walk!

Boo playing in his room

Back at home Boo seemed to once again be contemplating the meaning of life…

When the husband got home from work, he was probably more swept up in the idea of Boo’s birthday than Boo! So we opened up a present right away – Big Hugs Elmo:

Boo, Dada and Big Hugs Elmo

Dada, Boo and Elmo!

Boo Boo and Elmo

Boo was so excited to see Elmo move, talk and sing to him!

After playing with Elmo, Boo Boo’s Grandma and Grandpa came over for dinner…..and this is where I suddenly don’t have very many pictures, as I got busy giving Boo his dinner, eating dinner, trying to entice Boo to open his presents (and then basically opening them for him).

I did, however, take pictures of my cake!!!

Cookie Monster Cake

Boo Boo’s Cookie Monster Cake

After debating and torturing myself over what Sesame Street character to make – I decided to make two cakes. A Cookie Monster cake to celebrate with Boo Boo’s Grandma and Grandpa, and an Elmo cake to celebrate with his Nana and Gramps (still to come – the Elmo cake currently resides in my freezer – I have a sneaking suspicion it is neon red).

I tackled it in two parts….one night I made the cake and then put it in the freezer. The next night was reserved for the icing….and what a LONG night that was. I haven’t decorated a cake in years. No joke. I think I was still living with my parents in my childhood home. So this was an experience. Luckily, I have a Michael’s about 5 minutes away so I was able to purchase all of the supplies I needed, including some ready-made black icing.

The cake itself was a simple yellow cake, and the icing buttercream (with LOTS of colouring!). I used the recipes from this post by Kelly Luna, minus the cookies and cookie dough. It turned out amazing! So so delicious. So much so, that my mother-in-law (whom I’d been warned might not be too keen on blue icing) had a second piece! Wow!

I’d love to tell you that Boo Boo went crazy for the cake and dived right in….but nope. He kinda poked at it a little. I put a small piece into his mouth and he seemed interested in the new taste….but overall, he didn’t seem too impressed :(

Boo Boo and his Cookie Monster cake

Boo Boo and his Cookie Monster Cake

Maybe he’ll be more into cake number two (he is very attracted to red, so here’s hoping the Elmo cake proves more enticing)!

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