On Tuesday, July 12, 2016- my sunshine boy turned one year old! Wow. Let's just get all those cliche's out of the way and say: it has gone by so fast, so much happens in one year, I can't believe that a year ago today I hadn't even met Matthew, and I can't imagine life without him.
Nothing about the timing of Matthew's birth made logical sense, but it has been the best thing for our family. He has upped the joy, upped the family-togetherness, upped our desire to serve God. He has just made us all around better individually and collectively and we all dote on him constantly because gosh, he's cute!
It was so much fun celebrating our little guy!
The older kids decided he should have a rubber ducky birthday because they are typically his toys of choice (maybe because all the other ones are claimed by older siblings? haha.)
The day started with balloons. Our birthdays always start with balloons.
I made each of the kids a ducky prize bag full of little toys and treats. Prize bags are basically the best part of Birthdays.
Johnny was the one that taught Matthew how to high-five.
Oh, Caity and Matthew just adore eachother. How many times Matthew has been subject to Caity's dress up clothing is hard to keep track of. When I think of these two I think of Caity dancing around her room and Matthew watching her mesmerized.
William and Matthew are buddies. The play together. William is pretty protective of his brother, despite their little spats here and there. I love when William talks baby to Matthew and plays pass with him. I also love when William tries to play horsie with Matthew...and that poor baby gets squished under his big brother!
William about lost his mind waiting ALLLLL day waiting for a piece of the cake! I was so proud of his patience and he was so excited when the time finally came.
Johnny and Matthew remind me a lot of eachother. They are both morning boys, so now that they share a room they are the first ones up playing together and laughing. As soon as Matthew wakes up he stands on his tippy toes and hollers at Johnny. They are so cute together.
Now here's waaaaay too many pictures for anyone who isn't me, haha:
oh, his laugh!!
I can just hear his loud screech as I look at this picture.
Oh, I like that Matthew Hinckley! For breakfast we had applesauce and yogurt (his favorite.) We went on a picnic to the park for lunch and played on the swings and slides for a while. It was an average day in what we did, but we all were extra attentive to Matthew and you could tell it was fun for him to be the Star for the day.
When John came home we sang Happy Birthday and blew confetti all over him, we terrified him, but WE thought it was fun anyhow! We ordered a pizza (Seriously, his favorite food.) and he beelined for the pizza box as soon as he saw it.
For gifts, he got a quilt from my mom, a card from John's grandparents, a motorcycle part from John (seriously), and we got him a stacking toy and a book.
Man! Do we know how to party!
Then we sang again and finally had cake!
It was a great day and I am so glad we got to celebrate such a special boy.
Thanks for being willing to come to our crazy family. We need you! Four kids had been hard but so worth it because of YOU. You are a busy baby and excited to learn. You are content so long as you are a part of whatever is going on. I love how welcoming you are and attentive to all the people around you, especially other babies. I love your sensitive soul- how you cry when your brothers and sister argue, or how big and concerned your eyes get when someone gets hurt. You are a brave little adventurer and are always wandering off through the big trees at the park or climbing on top of things and always are so proud of yourself for doing so. You are playful and your smile and laugh is so contagious. We love you so much and I thank God multiple times a day that I have sucha sweet boy in my life.