Motherhood

Happy Birthday, Alex!

Alex‘s birthday was this past Saturday, and I thought I’d share a few photos…
Last year, I was the worst since we were traveling on his birthday and I completely forgot to get him a cake (!) so I wanted to make up for it this year. Alex loves cheesecake, so I ordered one from the fancy French bakery Lady M, which is known for its ridiculously amazing cakes. This cheesecake had a cinnamon graham cracker crust and a thin layer of sweetened sour cream on top. Whattup!
We invited our friends over, along with their two kiddos. (Toby and their daughter have been best friends for years.) They had a tough time waiting for the cake to be cut…
Finally, we sang “Happy Birthday,” Alex blew out the candle and we dove right in. It was delicious.
The little foursome! Love how Anton is trying to be part of the action. “Hey guys! Back here! How fun is this, you guys?”
The next day, Alex was running errands, so Toby and I dressed up like him and text him the photos as a joke. I think we kind of nailed it, though? Haha.

Hope you guys are having a good week! Happy birthday, Alex!!! We love you!!! xo

  1. For a second I thought it was a serious outfit and I was like, “Nice! Baseball caps and vests for the tomboy win!” Haha oh well!

    Cheesecake sounds amazing. It’s my favorite for sure.

  2. Let’s hear it for the dads. Loved the reminder to say “YAGM” to all my mommy friends. Remembering to say it to my dad friends too ;)

  3. Those kids are so cute together

  4. Wait.a.minute….Dodgers?! I thought we were all Giants fans?!

  5. Your not styled, unfussy kids birthday parties are a breath of fresh air.

  6. I’m being nosy here…what does your red inked note above your peep hole say? To-do lists? Affirmations? Directions for babysitters?

  7. I’m being nosy here…what does your red inked note above your peep hole say? To-do lists? Affirmations? Directions for babysitters?

  8. Love the cake presentation. Love that pic of Toby looking up at his baby. And those pictures of the two of you as Alex? Priceless. You are a good wife. HBD, Alex.

  9. ct says...

    dark haired little girl looks just like a baby version of lady mary from downton abbey, so cute!

  10. I love the kids. They are so cuteee!
    you are a super family :)

  11. I love that you dressed up as him, so funny. That’s something I would do and think I was hilarious, good to know there’s someone else out there like that.

  12. typically giants fans dont wear dodger hats! ;)

  13. Joanna, I just realized your Alex is singlehandedly responsible for driving up the property values, and driving down the available real estate, in the town where I bought a house (“hipsturbia”) . So thanks Alex!!!! :) Happy birthday!

  14. Happy Birthday Alex!
    Cheese cake! Try pumpkin cheese cake.Its divine.

  15. Belated happy b’day to alex..these pics are adorable. Have to try that cheesecake. Toby is getting cuter by the day :)

  16. You’re a beautiful couple and a beautiful family, filled of love….

  17. omg i’m so going to copy that… to dress up like your man!! mine always dresses the same so it will be easy, and fun!

  18. happy birthday! that cake sounds absolutely delicious!
    xo, cheyenne

  19. Wow – that baby girl with the brown hair is gorg!

  20. This post made me smile big time. That photograph of Toby talking to the little girl is just too precious.

  21. Goodlawd, Toby looks like you, dressed up as Alex!

  22. Every time you post about your peoples, I think, “What a lovely family.” Every time. You’ve got a good one there.

  23. Ha! Amazing! Those pics are way too cute ;)
    Happy belated birthday, Alex! :)

  24. Happy belated birthday to Alex. Looks like a good time was had by all!

  25. whose cuter than toby? i mean, really. it is slightly out of control.

    mylettchronicals

  26. Ah you guys dressed up as him! So, so cute! That cheesecake looks yummy!

  27. Happy Birthday to Alex (sorry but Toby and his bff are stealing this show. ) :)

  28. How have you just had a baby?! You look fantastic…you just have popped back into your pre-pregnancy jeans! Share your secret!
    Your sons are just beautiful, total sweethearts. It’s lovely to see such a happy family xx

  29. Lady M is incredible. They normally only let you order whole cakes, but once I called them to pay for two different slices for my sister’s birthday. I live in Texas, but want to contribute to her birthday celebration. I tried Lady M when I visited her once, and couldn’t believe she hadn’t experienced it! Really, truly, luxurious cake.

  30. That picture of Toby at the end is absolutely precious!

  31. So sweet!

  32. That cheese cake looks/sounds amazing and I just laughed our loud at Toby in Alex’s clothes, LOVE IT!

  33. Anton is a baby ginger! I love it!

  34. Oh the cheesecake looks yummy!

  35. Toby looks crazed with cheesecake lust in the one picture. How CUTE! Is Anton’s hair coming in reddish or is that just the pic.

    Finally, ditto what the others have said: you look wonderful and happy.

  36. Those kids are so cute together. What a fun little bunch! Those last two pictures of you and Toby got me cracking up! Happy Birthday to Alex!

  37. Toby’s messy little boy hair in all the photos is so stinkin’ cute. I can’t get over it. Happy Birthday, Alex!

  38. the first pic of toby and his BFF makes my heart melt. they appear to be sharing such deep secrets!

  39. Can I just say? YOU LOOK AMAZING! It is honestly difficult to believe you just had a baby. Happy birthday to your husband too!

  40. Toby looks adorable in that first photo…like he’s maybe pouting that it’s not his birthday cake.

  41. Looks fun & delicious- thanks for sharing the special moments :)

    I dressed up as my Dad one year for fun. From the hat to the tennis shoes. So fun!

    Manda from Eat Cake

  42. A Dodgers hat? Is Alex okay with that?

  43. Hahaha. You guys are hilarious. Toby looks overwhelmed with joy looking at you wearing Alex’s garb. What a lovey.

    Made me smileeeeee.

  44. HaHa! you and Toby did a really good job. Loved it:)

  45. What is it with men and cheesecake? Every guy I’ve dated hasn’t been much into sweets, except for cheesecake!!
    Cinnamon graham cracker crust sounds divine!

  46. Super cute! Great idea to just do a simple cake for your husband’s birthday. My husband doesn’t much like to celebrate his birthday, but I think the kids like doing it. I’ll try this next year. Thank you! Also, cute pics of you and Toby dressing up! Love it!

  47. Such sweet pics. Happy birthday to your main squeeze! And that cheesecake looks amazing!!

  48. You guys totally nailed it! :) Love the pics of the kids waiting to eat the cake. Oh, the anticipation! Thanks for sharing, Joanna!