I have two big stories to share from the weekend. First – we found fall!

at the park, Friday afternoon

Friday was a glorious fall day. Holly and I enjoyed an afternoon walk in the park, soaking up sunshine and marveling at the colors. Well, I did … Holly chased after and barked at squirrels.

The main event, though, was Sam’s first birthday party. He turned one on Wednesday (can you believe it’s been a year already?!) and we celebrated with family and friends on Saturday afternoon. I had the privilege of baking the cakes (a roasted apple spice cake from Smitten Kitchen). The baking took much of Friday (and nearly all my pans) and I finished them Saturday morning. Happy to report – they turned out beautifully!

I made a two-layer 7×11 cake for the guests and a two-layer 5″ round for the birthday boy. (I made the full cake recipe and there was also enough batter for a short loaf cake … which I am still enjoying.)  It took Sam a few minutes to get the whole “smash cake” thing

but he did figure it out eventually

with a little help from his brother. Of all the photos I took, this one is my favorite.

But this one, from my sister, is my new lock screen photo.

selfie session photo bombed!

and here’s the best of what Charlie captured when he pushed the camera button.

It was a good thing all that fun happened Saturday; we needed yesterday to rest!

I saw snow pop up in my Instagram feed yesterday. Yikes – it’s still October! But not, I guess, for much longer. Still, here’s to a wonderful FALL week!

14 thoughts on “Weekending.

  1. What a delightful day, Mary! Sam looks like he thoroughly enjoyed his special day. What F.U.N. 🙂 I love the photo-bomb shot most of all! XOXO

  2. What a wonderful birthday party and sweet birthday boy! I'm not quite sure how Sam can be one when it seems as if he was just born several months ago, but clearly you are blessed with two adorable, growing grandsons!

  3. What a joy filled celebration! The smiles for miles! 🙂 And, that cake looks so good!! And, I happen to have a plethora of apples…

  4. It looks like Sam had a wonderful birthday party and that you enjoyed celebrating with both of your boys! And, that cake looks delicious! I love apple spice cake, but sadly for me, no one else in my family likes it.

  5. What a wonderful day! And I agree…that cake does look delicious! Happy Birthday Sam…how can it be one year already!

  6. So much fun with two boys, one teaching his baby brother how to mess up the cake and then the happenstance of a babe photobomb…looks like happiness for the whole family!

  7. happy birthday sam!!! Such a lovely cake and celebration. I hope you are taking care of your foot and yay yay yay for fall arriving!

  8. One! Sam's One! Time does fly…and you all certainly had a lot of fun with those very tasty looking cakes. We're still waiting for vivid fall leaves. Cheers~

  9. Sorry we missed the party, but the cake was delicious! Such a nice treat to come home to after getting soaking wet Saturday night.

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