Logan's first birthday was Friday, February 4th. I can't believe he's a year old - it seems like he was just born. This past year has been amazing, and he's been a huge part of that. He's such a happy little soul, so full of love and light and all the good things in the world wrapped up into a sweet little package with amazing kaleidoscope eyes and a smile that would melt even the coldest heart. He's the best of all of us and he's touched our hearts and our lives so much.
On Saturday, we threw a big family party for him. Amanda, Jamie, Logan and I shopped all day Friday and spent all day Saturday preparing and then partying. There were 22 people in all (Amanda has a huge family), and it was the most fun I've had in a long time. Chaos, noise, people everywhere, kids running around yelling - it was terrific lol. Amanda and I cooked a feast - turkey and all the trimmings - and made a beautiful pirate-themed cake (I nicknamed Logan Captain Jack when he started to walk and the whole pirate thing stuck lol). I'd never really done much cake decorating before, so it was a lot of fun and something Amanda and I definitely want to pursue.
I wrote a Squidoo lens about do-it-yourself pirate-themed birthday cakes - I thought that anyone who was looking to save some money on the cake (I can't believe the cost of store-bought cakes these days!), might appreciate some ideas:
I also got another article written for Suite101. It's one I started jotting ideas for a few months ago and then saw it on my list and thought it would be a good one to finish with Valentine's Day coming, but it works all year round too:
These are my first two articles for February. I'm going to really have to kick it into high gear to reach my goal of 21 articles in February because I got a late start between being sick and helping to plan Logan's birthday party. Good thing I'm up for a challenge! I'm also thinking I should set a goal for when to have 50 articles written for Suite101 since you get a bonus in revenue once you hit 50 articles. I only have 8 right now, so I'm trying to figure out what would be realistic since I write for 3 sites. I guess I'll just keep plugging away and see where I am with my writing in a few weeks, whether I've reached my goal of 21 articles for February and reassess then.