Sunday, October 2, 2016

Kate's Barnyard Bash

It was so much fun planning Kate's party! We knew that we'd have to do a barn yard theme for Kate's party because she loves all things farm right now. Plus, animal sounds were one of the first ways she started talking, so it just seemed fitting!

We were a little bit nervous about the weather, but we ended up with a gorgeous morning! 

We had a "farm fresh" theme for our morning snacks. Garden Veggies, Fresh Country Eggs, Apples for the Orchard with caramel, Little Piggies (thank you Sister Schubert!), Pumpkin Spice Chex mix, Cowtail candy, and homemade yellow cupcakes with homemade buttercream frosting! 

We had several different activities around the backyard. My favorite was Kate's Little Pumpkin Patch! We had stickers to decorate. We had lots leftover and so Kate and I are still having fun with this project! 

I wanted to have a few activities for any older kids who came. This was pumpkin Tic Tac Toe. Kate's been having a ball playing with the pumpkins- counting and sorting them. I think we'll have fun with this stuff for years to come! 

Sheep Shearing! So simple! A diaper box covered with backwards contact paper and cotton balls. 

Of course, a bean bag toss! We also had corn hole and ladder golf for big kids. 

Pony Rides... the easy kind anyways. :) 

Rope the cow! An embroidery hoop that has rope twisted around it is used to "rope" the cow.           

We had fun playing outside with everyone! 

 Uncle Jake brought his guitar and led us in Happy Birthday- the Oklahoma breeze made the candle a bit difficult so we ended up pretending. Kate loved her cupcake! 
Much different from her first birthday!

We went inside for presents. They were all a hit! Kate's enjoying having some new toys to play with! 

The little ones spent some time playing inside and it was so fun to have all the little ones together! 

It was a fun morning! Friends and family truly are a blessing in this life. We are so thankful for the time in fellowship we had. 
We are looking forward to watching Kate grow during this third year of life!  

Birthday Fun for Daddy, Kate, and Papaw!

Blake's parents came down the Thursday before Kate's birthday party- and we had such a great time! They had their car loaded down with goodies for us so the first thing we did was exchange some birthday presents! 

Blake went first and was surprised with a battery operated blower that matches his lawn mower and weed eater. These are the things we need now that we have a yard! 

Kate went next! She first opened up a book, The Little Engine that Could. We thought that she might need to grow into the story a bit because it's a little long but she loves it! That was a great classic to add to our library! 

Next she got a sweet Noah's Ark toy. She's had all kinds of fun with that. And if there was any question, she is definitely more familiar with the story of Noah! 

Next we went outside for the big surprise!! A castle! Grandma and Papaw had this big thing packed in their Rav along with all the goodies- I was impressed! Oh, Kate has had so much fun with this! What a blessing to get a fun backyard toy right as the weather is starting to get nice!

Papaw went last! We gave him a bible study book called The Pursuit, written by the husband of someone I grew up with a Westbury. I'm excited to hear how it is!

We had an early dinner of Friendship Casserole before Blake headed off for class at OC. Then on Friday evening we went to Ted's for another feast! Lots of birthday fun! Such a blessed weekend!