Well, it's official. We have a one year old! I can't even believe it. Throughout the weekend, I would flashback to a year ago in the hospital and remember (as much as I could, since I was a little loopy after my c-section!) all of the events that happened in Cale's first three days of life. My dad commented on how fast this year had gone, and I had to agree, but I vividly remember several days that didn't zoom by. Whoever said, "The days are long and the years are short", said it right! Although there were some long days this year, it really did fly by! If all of Cale's years fly by like this one did, then I need time to stop....seriously.
Friday morning, we woke up and took Cale to the Original Pancake House for a little birthday breakfast. He loves their "Baby Cakes". Afterwards, we came home and Cale took his morning nap, while Adam and I got ready for the day. When we woke up, we met my parents at Eatzi's for lunch and then headed to Lakeside Park to feed the ducks. Cale could not get enough of the ducks. He was completely enamored by them!
Watching all the ducks...
Feeding the ducks with Daddy!
Some of the bread went in the ducks mouth....some of it went in Cale's mouth.
Cale loves spending time with "Chief"!
After a full afternoon with the ducks, we headed home for Cale's afternoon nap. My parents came over for dinner that night, and Cale opened a few presents, while my dad and Adam put together his big birthday presents in the backyard! Cale's one year old molars are coming in and I think it's been a little painful. After dinner, played in the backyard and Cale got his first taste of a fudgecicle. Because he can't quite hold the stick on a fudgecicle, I stuck it into a "mesh pop". He LOVED it!
Saturday morning, we woke up ready to party! We decided not to do a big party for Cale's first birthday for many reasons, and I'm so thankful we did. My parents and my sister, Courtney, and her boyfriend, Brett, came in town to celebrate.
The burlap sign I made for the door.
This banner is a string of pictures from each month of Cale's life. It was so fun to look at pictures side by side and see how much he has changed in one year!
This birthday banner hung over the food buffet!
The menu: burgers, chicken and veggies on the grill, fruit salad, chips, chocolate cupcakes and "one" sugar cookies....EASY!
Cale was so excited to eat outside!
He tried dill pickles for the first time...
...and absolutely loved them!
After lunch, we gave Cale his own cupcake. He wasn't too sure at first, but after getting a little taste of the chocolate icing, went. to. town! He loved it!
Before and after lunch (we did two rounds), Cale opened some presents. He loved them all!
He got some great new toy cars, a bubble machine, some pajamas, and a new backpack, just to name a few!
And, on top of all the fun presents he opened, he got two BIG presents!
Adam & I and my parents got him this play set....
And, his Aunt Cookie got him this trampoline! It was a huge hit!
He loved bouncing on the trampoline with the balls!
Aunt Cookie and Brett with Cale
Adam's parents weren't able to come from Louisiana to celebrate with us, but Adam's step-father, David, built Cale a picnic table for the backyard. We are so excited for him to have this for years to come!
Overall, the weekend was a success! We are thankful for our little boy and the year of joy that he has brought us! We are looking forward this next year, and can't wait to see him continue to discover new things and become his own little person!