Sunday, September 30, 2012

Cake Smash

We celebrated Clara's first birthday with a party at our house on September 30th.  We decided to have a traditional birthday theme - cupcakes, balloons, and a party hat.  She seemed a little nervous when the party first started, almost as if she was confused why there were so many people in her house staring at her.  But it didn't take long for her to realize that she was the guest of honor and entertain us all. 

The main event for the party was the cake smash of course.  We hadn't let Clara have any cake before her birthday, so I was very interested to see how she would respond to her first real taste of sweet icing and birthday cake.  She was a little hesitant at first, and mainly licked the icing, but eventually she figured it out and I think she liked it!

It was a wonderful day for our family and we are so thankful for everyone that was there to support us and celebrate Clara's first year. 

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Birthday Eve and Birthday

One year ago on September 21st, Clint and I went to Hank's Ice Cream.  One of his co-workers had told him for a few weeks that if we went and I ate the Butter Pecan Ice cream, my water would break.  And, to our surprise, it actually worked!

We decided that it would be a fun tradition to start taking Clara to eat ice cream on her Birthday Eve.  This first year it would be to eat her first ice cream, but every year to celebrate the start of our life as a family of three.

When we got there on Friday night, the same lady was working that had been there a year ago, and she remembered us!  It was really fun to go back and re-live that night and to have Clara with us.  What a difference a year makes!

The next morning we had balloons for Clara to play with, ate pancakes for breakfast, and skyped with her Aunt Megan and Uncle Clay in Prague.

 Then we drove to College Station for a little family celebration at our Aggie tailgate.  We ate ice cream sandwiches and she got to open a few presents.  I think she had a great day turning one!

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Twelve Months

  • Walking everywhere - took her first unassisted steps Labor Day weekend, and in two weeks time was completely independent
  • Can make animal noises for cows, dogs, cats, and monkeys
  • Weaned completely to whole milk this month
  • Spend Labor Day weekend in Breckenridge and had a great time with her cousins there
  • First ear infection - both ears :(
  • Went to Aggieland for her first tailgate
  • Went to the Little Gym and loved it
  • Had her first taste of ice cream on her Birthday Eve at Hank's Ice Cream

Wednesday, September 19, 2012


First ear infection the week of her first birthday :(  One ear was badly infected and the other one was starting.  Poor baby, but she's tough and recovered quickly.

Thursday, September 6, 2012


Sorry for the food mess all over her face, but I love that you can see the two top teeth that she has now :)