First Birthday

Happy 1st Birthday to the world’s cutest and best niece! We love you!

Today is my niece’s first birthday, and tomorrow is her birthday party to celebrate. They grow up so fast! I remember being in the hospital with my brother and sister-in-law this time last year waiting for her to be born. I’m a pushy aunt, if you can’t tell. And there was a number of times when she was first-born that I tried to keep her, but Paul and Crystal kept wanting her back. Geesh.

 Happy Birthday!


Last night, my family came over to cookout and eat a special surprise dessert. I made garlic roasted potatoes that came out really tasty.

Unfortunately, I forgot to take a picture of them once they were cooked. We also had burgers, salmon, grilled broccoli, chips, strawberries, and cherries.

A few weeks ago, my step-mom saw a Jack Daniels chocolate cake featured on Good Morning America. The bakery that made it was offering a special one day half price sale. So, she called me to order it as a surprise for my Danny, my dad, and brother.

The men in my family love Jack Daniels. If he was alive today, they’d all be BFFs with him…or stalk him. They love collecting Jack Daniels items, and when my step-mom saw this cake, she knew it was perfect for them.

It was a chocolate cake infused with Jack Daniels and topped with fudgy ganache frosting.

I had a small sliver, and it was delicious. You couldn’t taste the Jack Daniels in it, but you sure could taste the chocolate.

After eating the cake, we played Catch Phrase for a while. We haven’t played that game in so long, and it was so much fun!



  • Biggest Loser Boot Camp

I was tired this morning because I didn’t get to bed until after midnight and then had to wake up for boot camp. And boot camp was tough today! We did a little bit of strength work, then we flipped tires up and down a field and did sprints. We finished up with some ab work. It was a great workout.

After I ate breakfast and showered, we headed out to pick up our packets for tomorrow’s 5k.

I actually really like the race shirt. It is by far my favorite color shirt that I have ever gotten from a race. But I also have an intense love for neon colors. Danny didn’t love it as much as I did.

We stopped at Subway for lunch and are just finishing up a few errands this afternoon.

Tomorrow will be busy with our 5k and my niece’s birthday party!

Questions of the day:

  • What do you have planned for this weekend?
  • What’s your favorite color? What’s your favorite color to wear?
  • Any races coming up?


Filed under Biggest Loser, Dinner, Family Fun, Fitness, Working Out

9 Responses to First Birthday

  1. Sandee

    Hahaha! I’ve never seen squeeze bottle garlic before! Funny. But we live near the garlic capital of the world and getting ready for the annual garlic festival. They do have garlic ice cream there. Happy Birthday to your cute niece 🙂

  2. That cake made my stomach growl. I don’t really like chocolate on chocolate but that cake looks delish!!!
    My favorite color is purple. I have never received a purple race shirt but that would be cool!

  3. I love Catch Phrase. It is one of my favorite games. One time I took it on a trip and it started beeping at the airport. Security was not too amused : )

    What a fun tshirt. That looks like the Dick Pond on Roselle Rd…I pass it on my way to yoga (or when I go to the pita place)!

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