The Farrells

The Farrells
Matt, Nicki, Owen and Nora live in the San Francisco Bay area. Matt is a research analyst at CBRE and is loving his job. Nicki spends her time playing with Owen and Nora, reading, crafting, and taking lots of pictures. Owen loves to read, sing, throw toys, and quote movies. Nora is growing quickly and loves to be the center of attention. We have a wonderful life!

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Sunday, October 25, 2009

Birthday Boy

Last Thursday was Owen's first birthday! We had a party on Wednesday night with our siblings, and then on Thursday night, Matt, Owen, and I went for a picnic. Owen got so many presents, and he loves them all. Thanks to all his grandmas, great-grandmas, aunts, and everyone else who sent him gifts. Here are some pictures from our festivities:



Owen very proud of himself for ripping the wrapping paper (and checking to make sure it was okay)


He was distracted and wanted to play with everything he opened. This is the jar of jungle animals that Matt got him.


He LOVED the balloon that Michelle tied on top of her present.

Owen with all his presents.


He was one happy kid.


Cake time! This was Owen's personal cake. I got tired of cake-making after the big birthday cake I made, so this one I just poured the hot frosting over it... it kind of looks like an alien blob, but oh well. Owen didn't care. :)

Not sure about the singing and the candle.


Me and Matt trying to get him to blow out the candle. He knows how to blow (he blows bubbles in his bath water), but he was too scared of the candle to do it.


Finally he gets to eat it!

Matt shows Owen how it's done.



This is the other birthday cake I made for all the big people. For those of you who wanted to know how to make it, I've given you a few pictures. This took one white cake mix.

Mix batter according to directions on box. Divide it into six bowls (or you could do 4... or however many you want). I put more batter in the purple and red, less in the orange and blue, and the least in the green and yellow. I think it ended up being a little over 3/4 c, 1/2 c, and 1/4 c respectively. I just used regular food coloring, though if you have those gel food colors for cake/icing, those would work without having to use as much color.

Pour the batter in concentric circles in two round cake pans. (Remember, the purple and red circles have the most batter, followed by the orange and blue, etc.). Bake like normal, and assemble like a normal layer cake!

Here are some pictures of my sweet boy on his birthday.

Yes, he's wearing different shoes on each foot. I couldn't find both of either pair.

How/when did he get so old?!

I love this picture. Owen always does this weird thing with his mouth where he moves his bottom jaw to one side and sticks out his bottom teeth. I'm glad we finally caught a head-on picture of it. Crazy boy.

This was taken at our picnic on Owen's birthday. It was chilly, so we didn't stay too long, but it was fun, and we got to watch the sun set!




These plastic gray boulders came in Owen's jungle animal bucket. He carries them around the house in his mouth, the nutcase.

Love this little cheeser!

My big one-year-old!

5 comments:

Tom, Laura & Ella said...

He is SOO cute! I didn't realize that he and Ella are almost EXACTLY one year apart! Crazy! :) Glad you guys had a wonderful birthday!

Suzy said...

I am so making that rainbow cake soon! Thats a great idea! i love making cakes. I made fondant last month for the first time-made a surfboard for my son. Hi Nikki-i found your blog on Maryams. Mine is noelanijames.blogspot.com Check out what's going on with us James'. Congrats on graduating college and having a baby! I know you are a fabulous momma!

KarenA said...

That is one cute boy!

Jason and Jami Thomson said...

oh man he is just too cute! I can't believe he's already a year old...that's nuts. Addi's only 3 months behind yall!!!

dorothy said...

He's huge!! He looks so much bigger than Andrea! I can't wait to put them next to one another. Owen is looking cuter every time I see him. What kind of chocolate cake did you make him? I want it!!! And I am sooo making that cool rainbow colored cake! VERY impressive.