Andrew and I decided that we would do all of the official celebrations for Emily’s birthday on Saturday when my family came into town and he wasn’t staying up until 3 am every day last week writing a paper. When we all woke up on Wednesday morning however, we couldn’t help singing happy birthday to our ONE year old. It was a big day for the whole family, because we all made it through the ups and downs of the first year of parenthood and loved just about every moment (or we laugh about the ones we don’t love, which makes us love them).
Emily and I spent all afternoon outside at the park while Andrew continued writing. Our neighbors brought out a present for Emily. She knew exactly what to do with it and immediately began burying it in the sand when they handed it to her. She and the other kids of her age group happily poured sand over that present until the five-year-olds decided that she really really really wanted to open it and helped her out. She was thrilled to see a book materialize and hopped on my lap to read it. That evening a present of much needed hair clips was given to Emily by another neighbor, and she has worn them every day since!
When dinner rolled around Emily and I experimented and made apple cinnamon pancakes that were delicious and the perfect food to pop a candle into. Andrew made it home just in time to help show Emily how to blow out the candle. The pictures are an accurate representation of her thoughts.
She started an impromptu game of peek-a-boo, which was clearly more to her liking.