We had a great time: lots of desserts and laughter and great advice for the parents to be. Way to go Jeff and Becca!
With 365 days of new and fun things in between, at 8:00am today, we got to do this...
And then a bit before 7:35pm tonight, we got to eat her favorite blueberry pancakes, birthday candle included.
Happy ONE YEAR birthday sweet girl! "And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered" (Matt. 10:30). We're so thankful God made you, and that He made us your parents. We love you yesterday, today and tomorrow too.
Our almost one-year-old will now throw a ball back and forth with you, added "Jackson" (ja-shhh) and "John-John" (ja-ja) and "May May" (much like mama but definitely different) to her vocab this week at the beach, and now knows where her own bee-bo is, in addition to her hair and toes. Only two more days until the big first birthday!
...waving to Kanga (pictured below) in her toy bin when she wakes up from naps.
...to walk pushing her new push toy (thanks Amy!)
...her "new" squeaker shoes (thanks cousin Avery!)
..unloading things (pictured here in grammashu's tupperware cabinet). Other favorite unloading spots include toy bins, drawers full of neatly folded clothes if left accidentally open, dirty clothes hampers, and dishwashers.
...crawling on hands and knees now instead of scooting, or on hands and feet if the terrain is rough.
She also loves...
...eating food off of a fork and handing it back to us to help her load the next bite.
...pulling up on everything in site, almost just as if to prove that she can pull up on it.
...strangers; for the most part she now smiles and waves.
...waving hi and bye with just a hand and not her whole arm. She especially loves to wave at stuffed animals and dogs and cats.
...throwing her head back, taking in a deep breath, and looking up when you say "up", and looking down but keeping eye contact with you when you say "down". She also looks up when you say "where are the lights?"
...sniffing woobis (these are blankets for those of you new to the term). She sniffs her own, her mama's, her baby doll's, and basically any other blanket/towel/article of clothing in the house. If it's cotton or knit, when she picks it up, she sniffs it. I can't imagine who taught her to do this.
...turning pages in books...fast.
...blueberries and zucchini.
...to babble. All the time. And often very, very loudly.
...saying "dada"! (Mama, dada, necklace and amen. Four funny words.)
Notice Grayson here holding down John's head. She's obsessed with it. We've taught her to "pat pat" things, like Maggie and stuffed animals. Whenever she sees John's head, she pat pats it, and he smiles.
Grayson was lovin' snuggling up with her two handsome potential future husband choices (John Boone on the left, Oak Fischer on the right).
And here are the girls at the country club later that night, all dressed up and mom-purse free. If I had more time, I'd hunt down a high school picture and scan it in. But, in reality, we mostly look the same except for a few changes in hair cuts (way to go ladies!).