Sunday, September 26, 2010

ONE!!!

Guess who turned -ONE-
Yep, my sweet little baby is nearly a toddler, she definitely is not a little baby any more (though she still likes to cuddle, but then again, so do I). We have been celebrating all week and it has been so much fun! To start off Grace took some muffins and frosting into her class on her birthday, the little guys got to spend snack time trying to spread on their frosting, it was so cute, and they ended up so sticky and messy... perfect. At home we celebrated with spaghetti and meat-balls, (one of my favorite things when I was one)! We opened presents that evening and had fun playing with everything from our wonderful, sweet family. Everything really was just perfect, some new clothes, new toys... Mom and Dad got us (I mean Grace:) a cook kitchen set that we are loving.

I made her this awesome card.
She loved it Friday we all went to the zoo for the morning, ostensibly to to see the dinosaur exhibit that scared the pants off of me.... I am not sure that the realism of moving, staring, roaring dinosaurs right next to the paths is a great plan.
Otherwise we had a good zoo visit, and were surprised to see two giraffes (have only ever seen Akeem before).
That afternoon was also super fun topped off with a visit to Tart for ice-cream with Joaquin, Esme and Val.
We then all walked over to the park for some running-around time and quality time to play with my dear pals.
Saturday we had a proper birthday party for our birthday girl... Bagels and home-made playdough.
I got to help mom mix in the colors.
and contributed a few art projects.
Grace loved her carrot-cake cupcakes,
especially the frosting which ended up all over.
(in spite of Dad's supervision) Her first proper cake...
at least first one Mom and Dad let her eat all herself and she was pretty pleased.
We got to celebrate with the families of
Joaquin & Esme, Benjamin, Scarlet
, Alice & Henry
Liam.
Beyond these dear ones Mom, Dad, Grace and I wanted to extend our heartfelt THANK YOU to everyone, family, friends, near, far who have supported us, listened to us, loved us this first year as a family of four.
Your participation in our lives inspires, relieves and keeps us strong.. thank you thank you thank you.
Well, as if a big party to celebrate my little sister's first birthday wasn't enough for a day we got to celebrate the wedding of some friends from the folks' work who they have known for years.
Ian & Christina got married in Pittsburg, but we had a nice get-together that afternoon at Kit, Monica and Charlie's house (with many of my same friends).
Today was a fair-bit more relaxed, church and errands in the morning and hanging around home for the afternoon... a good way to recover a bit from our partying ways and prep Mom for starting teaching tomorrow.
Lets see... at one Grace is standing for seconds at a shot, her best place is when she is brushing her teeth, she gets all occupied with the toothbrush and forgets that she is standing there. She has taken one or two steps on her own but is very good at walking for a bit holding a hand. Her eating has narrowed to noodles, frozen peas, frozen blueberries and tough bread (bagels, crusts of crusty breads). She is extremely opinionated and cries pitifully when she doesn't get what she thinks she needs, alas her communication is not quite clear enough always for us to figure out what she needs. Working hard on baby sign... she may have milk (just started trying regular Milk... she likes it!) she does say "mamamamama", talks by flapping her lips with her fingers, and making very loud sounds, some say she can be quite chatty. At her first birthday she was 22 lbs, 30.5 inches. She has a sweet innocent look that melts you to look at and is known as "cuddles" at daycare (and pumpkin at home, but she is just as cuddly!).

3 comments:

Emily said...

Happy birthday to Grace! I can't believe she is a year already. =)

Rebecca Jackson said...

Happy Birthday sweet girl!!!!!

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