Balmer Family, Tauranga, Birthday Party

Rolling with the Balmers {Birthday Celebrations}

Miss Kate. This time last year, I met you for the first time. You were just 5 weeks old. And already as the small little button you were… you were holding your head up all by yourself like a champion. .. And now here we are on your very 1st birthday.

You know no other colour than pink because Mum won’t let you (come on Mum, branch out!! ;-) ) … And if you dare be photographed without your little headbands on, the one with the camera gets shot (no pun intended). Good thing I choose to ignore your beautiful Mum. Because I just want to follow you around all day long. Through the smiles, the cries, the running (even though you’ve only just started walking), the clean faces… and the grubby ones. The peek a boo’s and the tongue poking action. You my dear Kate… Are a joy to this world. You’re a joy to your big brothers and to your incredible parents. Miss Katie Pie Balmer. I just want to start this blog post off by saying… Thanks for being born! :)

Balmer Family, Tauranga, Birthday Party
‘Why do people keep singing Happy Birthday to me?.. I’ve not experienced this before… what happens next?’ … All questions that entered your beautiful expressions.

Balmer Family, Tauranga, Birthday Party
Then the gifts started coming out. And you thought this was pretty darn cool!

Balmer Family, Tauranga, Birthday Party

Balmer Family, Tauranga, Birthday Party
Katie Pie, you come from an incredible family who would do anything for you. And you are striving with allllll your might to keep up with your big brother Luke’s adventurous ways!

Balmer Family, Tauranga, Birthday Party

Balmer Family, Tauranga, Birthday Party

Balmer Family, Tauranga, Birthday Party
This is why, you started walking before your 1st birthday and not only are you walking, you are practically running… and giving Mummy a heart attack by climbing the ladder to the trampoline already. You my dear Kate.. have no fear and the shear determination of your amazing Mum!

Balmer Family, Tauranga, Birthday Party
You knew something awesome was going on when Mum was in the kitchen whipping up something that smelled mighty sweet. (P.S. Mum + baking, doesn’t always compute). You had ME running to beat you out to the trampoline as I carried the balloons. There was pure excitement running through your veins.

Balmer Family, Tauranga, Birthday Party
And I could see it in your eyes that you were thanking Mum every inch of the day for letting you attack something so deliciously pink while we slipped it passed your brothers attention. This day is ALL ABOUT YOU Katie Pie.

Balmer Family, Tauranga, Birthday Party

Balmer Family, Tauranga, Birthday Party
Oh what a jolly big and delicious mess we are making.

Balmer Family, Tauranga, Birthday Party

Balmer Family, Tauranga, Birthday Party

Balmer Family, Tauranga, Birthday Party
“Don’t worry Mum.. I’ll help you clean up!!!”

Balmer Family, Tauranga, Birthday Party

Balmer Family, Tauranga, Birthday Party
“I’mmmm taking off my headband Mum!!.. And Aunty H is taking photos… whatcha gonna dooo?? hehehe”

Balmer Family, Tauranga, Birthday Party
The Balmer girls.

Balmer Family, Tauranga, Birthday Party

Balmer Family, Tauranga, Birthday Party
And damn straight I was getting a grubby cuddle with you cheeky wee rascal before it was time for bath and bedtime! I don’t even have to hope it Katie Pie… because I KNOW… you had an AMAZING first birthday!!!

…But it doesn’t end here…..

Balmer Family, Tauranga, Birthday Party
DAY 2: PARTY DAY. Mum’s whipping up the ultimate cake of her Mummy career. (Yes, it’s taken 4 years to get this awesome!! haha)

Balmer Family, Tauranga, Birthday Party
And little Miss 1 year old isn’t far from the cake action. She got a goooood taste for it yesterday!

Balmer Family, Tauranga, Birthday Party

Balmer Family, Tauranga, Birthday Party

Balmer Family, Tauranga, Birthday Party
“Smile at Aunty H and you can have a lolly!” ….. Sheesh Lukey.. I’ll give you a bag full for that gorgeous smile!!

Balmer Family, Tauranga, Birthday Party
So it’s no secret, between Becca and myself… we are no Queen of the kitchen. So when she expressed the desire to whip up some beautiful girly cupcakes and this Teddy Bear Cake. Nobody believed her. … It was entertaining watching the shear determination shine through as she WILL do this all by herself.. and they WILL look awesome!!… Good job Balmer… Proud of you!! ;-)

Balmer Family, Tauranga, Birthday Party

Balmer Family, Tauranga, Birthday Party

Balmer Family, Tauranga, Birthday Party
Lukey is called ‘Munta’ for a reason. Said with nothing but love of course!! hehe

Balmer Family, Tauranga, Birthday Party

Balmer Family, Tauranga, Birthday Party
So many amazing presents!!!

Balmer Family, Tauranga, Birthday Party
Look Kate… Your brothers are making wishes for you!!!

Balmer Family, Tauranga, Birthday Party

Balmer Family, Tauranga, Birthday Party
The yearly Balmer family photo is always a hoot. All I can say is… Becca and Nathan are becoming pro’s at this picture taking business!! 3, 2, 1 … GO GO GO! …

Balmer Family, Tauranga, Birthday Party

Balmer Family, Tauranga, Birthday Party
Now to the friendship side of things. … Do you have friends and family that you are forever thankful for? Are these people kind, caring, supportive, a joy to be around and loving unconditionally? … … Think of these people right now!!! Give them a hug in your mind! .. They WILL receive it!

I am SO lucky to have so many people that fit this statement. Becca is one of my absolute closest friends and I have adopted myself into her family. Watching her little tykes grow is one of the biggest joys in my heart.

Balmer Family, Tauranga, Birthday Party

Balmer Family, Tauranga, Birthday Party
Even when those little tykes give you a kisses drenched in snot.

Balmer Family, Tauranga, Birthday Party
Two of the most beautiful people in the world.

Balmer Family, Tauranga, Birthday Party
… Friends like these… they are without a doubt, the family whom we choose for ourselves.

Balmer Family, Tauranga, Birthday Party
Love you guys a ton. xoxoxo