We headed up to NW Iowa for the weekend to spend time with Z's family and had a great weekend! Grandma and Grandpa gave me a morning off on Saturday morning while they took the boys to a Threshing Show. While they were gone, I worked on Jellybean's Train Birthday Cake and did a little relaxing. Later that day we had a wonderful dinner, followed by birthday cake and presents for the little man! He had so much fun on his first American birthday!! He wasn't sure what to expect, but I know he's already looking forward to another one! Of course, Peanut is looking forward to one, too.
For those of you who left advice on how to deal with the first American birthday, we truly appreciate it. In order to help Peanut handle Jellybean's birthday, we spent several days ahead of time talking to both of the boys about what a birthday was, what would happen on the birthday, and what was expected of them. We made sure to let Peanut know that this was Jellybean's day, but that there would be a day just for him this winter. We included him for some of the planning and encouraged him to help us make a very special day for Jellybean. Z taught him how to play the birthday song on the piano, so he was really proud to play that for Jellybean on his special day (with some help from Z). And...at the end of the day, after Jellybean had opened his presents, we gave a little gift to Peanut, too (for his un-birthday). I'm not sure that giving the un-birthday kid a gift is necessarily the best idea...and I certainly wouldn't do it if we had more than 2 children, but it did help Peanut to be recognized on that day, too. I think now that the first birthday celebration is out of the way, the rest will be easier (since they know what they are and what to expect).
Anyway...here are some photos from our weekend! The last couple are from Z's family reunion on Sunday. We got to spend the day at the lake and the boys loved it (even if I was feeling pretty yucky).