The kids and I drove to Kansas City last week and enjoyed several days with my parents, two aunts and grandma. It was especially fun to celebrate Natalie's first birthday together. (Thanks, by the way, to all who sent greetings!) Here she is in her darling "birthday girl" t-shirt--thanks, Grammie!
Our little party was in the evening (invites pictured at top of post), with a dinner of flower-shaped foods. We used flower-shaped cookie cutters (thanks, Katie!) to make turkey and cheese sandwiches, and through an on-line search, I discovered that Barilla makes flower-shaped pasta, which was perfect for homemade mac and cheese.
I also knew I wanted to make a flower cake using cupcakes. Once again, I found some inspiration on the Internet and here is our simple but tasty result:
Natalie grabbed her cupcake and devoured it immediately! She especially loved the frosting. =)
In addition to the birthday festivities, we enjoyed lots of hanging out. Here are the kids snuggling with my parents:
I'm so bummed Nathan's not smiling in this pic, but wanted to share a photo of my aunt who will be moving to South America next month. Her upcoming departure was the main reason for us gathering at this time, so it was even more special to be together. We love you, Mary!
Finally, we posed for a picture (nice smiles, kids!) with Grandma/Nana before we parted ways. Saying goodbye is never easy, but we are grateful for the time we had together!