Tuesday, May 01, 2012

Ellie's 1st Birthday Celebration

Pete arrived home late Friday night after a week-long conference in Miami.  I prepped during the day so that we could enjoy cake and presents Saturday afternoon.  Ellie was in charge of Frosting Quality Control. 

Ellie and I met Pete at the airport, even though it was almost 2 hours past Ellie's bedtime (I put her to bed for about 45 min and then woke her up).  She was SO EXCITED to see her Daddy!  She was kicking her legs and had the biggest grin on her face.

Audrey and Andrew arrived shortly before Ellie woke up from her morning nap.  We ate a quick lunch and then it was time for the big reveal!  What a lucky girl to receive so many nice gifts.


Ellie took a break from opening presents to play us a little serenade - this girl loves the piano!  She gets really excited if I sit her on the bench because then she can reach the black keys, too!!

After presents we took the new wagon for a spin - she loved it!!  If we stopped for too long to chat or take a picture, she would start squawking.  We wheeled it in the backyard to give her an opportunity to push it around herself.  I'm not sure what she likes more - riding in it, or pushing it around herself.

Then it was time for cake.  I modified a recipe I tore out of Martha Stewart Living a few years ago, I mean, who has a use for 75 mini cupcakes?!?  Certainly not us and our party of four plus a baby.  It's supposed to be a sunflower.  (if you squint it might help)  Ellie was so into the cake that we didn't make it through singing Happy Birthday before she'd grabbed a cupcake off the stand and eaten one - paper and all, I fear.

After cake Ellie went down for her 2nd nap and we watched the videos I had made - 52 weeks of Ellie and a photo retrospective of her first year.  So that was it - nothing too big - just family, cake, and presents - but we had fun!


Pocket said...

Love the wagon! You'll get lots of use out of that special gift! Ellie is so adorable, I just can't stand it! Well done :)

Tammy said...

yay wagon!! We did the same thing for Jacob's first birthday. We piled all the presents in it and let him go at it. Looks like a very special day :)