In January, we flew to BC for a few days for our nephew’s first birthday! We weren’t going to be able to make it, but at the last minute everything worked out so that we were able to and I’m sooo glad. I was able to help my sister-in-law with all the party decor and food prep and we had such a wonderful time with my husband’s side of the family.
We were up at 5am on Thursday morning for our flight… and it was one of the most beautiful flights I’ve been on. I didn’t have a window seat (and didn’t want to bother the guy next to me) so I wasn’t able to get pictures of our descent, but we came down through the clouds right in the coastal mountains and it was breathtaking. (although that might have been the g’s from a sudden drop too… ha.)
The photo below on the right is the Canadian Rockies. They don’t look quite so big from up in the air. ;)
Levi and Zac became friends in no time at all! I loved seeing how much Zac adores his uncle.
I didn’t take many photos while we were there… just of the party, and a few iPhone shots. We mostly just hung around at my brother and sister-in-laws… getting ready for the party, playing with Zac, and just generally catching up.
Saturday was party day! Charmaine did such an amazing job with all the party decor and the food.
Hermit crab sandwiches!
Cake smash/gift opening backdrop!
How cute are these fish??
Aaaand the (sleepy) birthday boy!
Hanging out with Nana and Grandpa…
… time for gifts!
Family photo! 😍
Grandpa and Great Grandma Drake put together the cutest fishing vest for Zac! They made it out of a cargo style jacket… adding the trim, the fly’s, everything. He’s got a little bit of growing into it to do. ;)
And finally, time for the cake smash!
Uncle Brad joined via facetime thanks to Pepere.
The outfit didn’t last long… ha.
He wasn’t very interested in the cake… but he quickly figured out that if he raised his arms up in the air, the whole room cheered and decided that was way better than cake. ;)
A quick wash-up in the sink…
And then it was time to start taking decorations down! So many balloons… Zac loved it!
A few photos with the birthday boy!
And these next photos are horrible quality because they’re just screenshots from a video I took… but they make me smile every time I see them so I had to share.
The moment when Zac realized Auntie had a phone out that he could steal….
…and here he comes for it!
Our visit went by so quickly… Monday, it was time to head back home. I told Charmaine while we were there that being an auntie is awesome. I get the playtime and the smiles and giggles… and get to leave the diaper changes and middle-of-the-night wake ups to her and Chad. ;) I’m so happy we were able to be there for Zac’s first birthday though… we had a wonderful time with the family and I’m looking forward to the next time we’re able to visit.