Thursday, July 7, 2011

Happy Birthday, Daylon!

  Daylon's birthday is tomorrow! I can hardly believe our little guy is going to be two years old! I never thought we would ever celebrate his second birthday, so this is a dream come true. Daylon loves, loves, LOVES balloons, so it made sense to us to have a balloon (and polka dot) themed party. He was in HEAVEN! Because Daylon's immune system isn't quite what it should be at this point post transplant we kept the kid list to just cousins and our EB BMT family. It was hotter than hot (I believe it was 100F) at 4pm when the party started. I was so nervous to have Daylon outside in that kind of heat, but close to 5 o'clock or so, we ended up testing the waters and having him go outside. He sat under the canopy for some protection and had a blast. All in all, his skin did beautifully and handle the heat with out any blisters or breakdowns. Woo-hoo! All five of my siblings (and their families) were able to fly down, along with my 3 Aunts and several of there kids (we planned it to go along with a family reunion). We loved seeing everyone and celebrating with so many loved ones. Because my mind (and consequently, words) are failing me and this moment, I'm just going to show pictures. Here we go!

The Pops came down from Sacramento area (an all day drive)! It was so fun to see them and the Ringgolds!

the kids loved playing with Chloe and Ali for the first time since Minnesota

Balloon Games

 A balloon pinata

Daylon thought smacking the pinata with the bat was pretty cool! He almost didn't get a turn because I honestly, didn't think he would get it or care. I'm so glad he loved it!

The hit that did her in!

this cake looked better at the beginning of the party. The balloons are rice crispy treats and were sitting on dowels, but the blazing heat melted the marshmallows and fell completely through. I voted to throw them out after that happened (like 30 mins into the party) but my aunt Gwen  had an idea to just set them on top. It works I think. Not my best cake, but oh well. Daylon liked it and that's what counts, right?.  =P

Daylon got his own cake to dive into. We figured that since he was in a coma for his first birthday, it was only fair! :)  

look at him grab it!

 Balloon toys

For one activity, our good family friend, Gloria made balloon animals, hats, weapons, and jewelry for everyone.

Some more of our LONG DISTANCE travelers

Aunt Lindsay (from Idaho) holding cousin Elizabeth (from Utah)

this pictures cracks me up of my dad. Anyway, he next to Sara and Donald from Vancouver, WA

Aunt Gloria (CO) and Aunt Marla (WA)


Presents! (Big thanks to Becky for taking the present pictures!)

We ended the party with a water balloon fight that turned into a full out war.
I stayed inside to save my camera so the pictures aren't the best.

My only regret (besides the heat, which there's no changing) is that I took more pictures. I was so busy running around that I missed some great moments. We feel so blessed to have been able to spend two great years with Daylon! We love you, son! Happy Birthday!!

Stay tuned for an actual birthday post hopefully (fingers crossed) this weekend.


Anonymous said...

So happy to be blessed with a second year of life and a full past BMT. Thank you.

Emelie said...


Mom to Many said...

Happy Birthday sweet boy!
You did it!
I am so happy for your family!

Awesome to see some familiar faces at your party too. :o)


Michelle said...

Happy Birthday to Daylon! How fun! I love the look on his face in the picture where he's looking at his personal cake. And Sadie and Violet are so stinkin' cute!

Bella's Blessings said...

It was SO GREAT getting to spend that afternoon with you all and the Pops as well. What a journey it's been. The joy is fully deserved!

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday sweet Daylon!!! :-) thank you so much for the update and pictures! It brought my family to tears to see the progress Daylon has made! :-) we will continue to remember him in our prayers! :-)
Love, the Cuadra's


Happy-Happy Birthday!!! I loved his party!! Love all the pictures!!! How wonderful that so many family could make it!! What a blessed day when Daylon entered the world. He will continue to be a blessing to us all and keep being a beacon of hope for all other EB patients out there and their families!! I am so proud of Daylon and everything he has been able to accomplish and many of the obstacles in his path with many saying he would not make it.... WELL HE DID!!! Like the saying says "Where there is great love there are always miracles" Daylon has been loved by all who know him....and to see your love for him and your effort to never give up hope or in him, yourself, and our Heavenly wonder he is such a miracle....look at the mother/father he was blessed with !!! Happy-Birthday Daylon, we love you!!

Anonymous said...

HAPPY HAPPY Birthday Big Boy. What a wonderful blessing that he celebrated his 2nd Birthday. He is so amazing and such a real miracle. Daylon is loved by all and you are such wonderful and awesome parents. You have such great support and love from all of your family. What a true Eternal Family, you can just see and feel the love. Wish we could of been at his
party, we sure missed a good time. Sure glad all your family got to be there. The pictures of Daylon are so great, he is really looking good. Looks like he really enjoyed his cake. Sadie and Violet look so cute in the pictures and the other kiddos also. They are so precious
and we love them and all of you so much. Daylon keep up the good work you are looking so good and so handsome. We miss seeing all of you and hope to see you again real soon. Hope the kiddos are enjoying the summer. Give them all a big hug and kiss for us and we love them. Daylon- Happy Birthday and Many, Many, More. Take Care, God Bless.

All Our Love;
Myrna & Dwight (CA)


Anonymous said...

Happy birthday, Daylon! So glad you are two and have had a blast at your birthday party!
Hope the third year of your life is much calmer and very, very happy one for the whole family!


jeanine said...

Happy birthday Daylon!

Anonymous said...

Praise God!!! Looks like you all had a blast! You have a beautiful family. Happy Birthday Daylon!!!! Thinking and praying for you all.

The Davidson's

Amy F. P. said...

What a treasure to celebrate Daylon's 2nd birthday. It looks like it was a great time. Thanks for sharing it with us.