Wednesday, October 20, 2010

The Big Event

Paul got back from a 5-day trip to San Diego (more on that later) just in time to celebrate Avery's birthday with us.
(Luckily, she remembered him.)

I don't know who was more excited about the "party"

or Noah and Alex.
Probably Noah and Alex, but Avery picked up on everyone's excitement and had a great time too.

She loved her new toys and the kids loved showing her how to use them.

Avery loooves music and will dance to pretty much anything.
Battery operated toys included.

I even caught some of her moves on (low-quality) camera.
Although Noah laughing in the background might be the best part.

Avery got a super cute cake all to herself, with delicious cupcakes for everyone else - all from our favorite local bakery.
Ya know, per Avery's request : )

Dad thought she might need some help with a spoon.

But she got in there with her hands anyway.

And then took over with the spoon.

She savored every last bite : )

I think we had to pry the spoon and cake from her hands.

At least she got to take a bath afterwards, which happens to be her most favorite activity.

All in all, a great first birthday.
Fun for the whole family.

And in honor of our newly-turned one-year old here are some pictures from a recent photo shoot, done by my talented friend, Jolene Reed.

And don't forget to click here to see the rest of them on Jolene's blog - she posted a few of my favs.
Love our baby Av.


Shellie said...

Stop. IT. She is the cutest thing ever! I just want to squish her. Those pictures of her savoring the cake are absolutely hilarious! Miss you a million!!!!

Tiffany said...

I am obsessed with these pictures your friend took of her! I LOVE them! Man I need to have a little girl so I can dress her up in a pink tutu and pearls! :)
Happy 1st birthday, Avery! Your cake looks delicious! And I'm sure it was totally requested by you...and not by your chocolate-loving mother ;)

Ginger said...

OH I just love her!! My FAV picture (second only to the black and white close up of her pretty face) is of her licking the spoon. She is a girl after your own heart Summer:)

Melissa said...

The pearls in the B&W is my fav. So adorable!

The cupcake pictures-like mother like daughter? I can see you with chocolate all over your face when nobody was looking.

gregandlaura said...

LOVE LOVE LOVE those pics!! Ahh -so cute!

Michele said...

aww, so cute but so sad that it has been SO long since I have seen her! I love the pictures of her eating the cake, what a cutie, and Noah's laugh is amazing. Get more of that on camera please.

John said...

Beautiful pic's......funny video. Happy B-Day Avery girl, grampa loves you.

Faye said...

Love the photos! Love Noah's giggle. Love your kids - so glad the big event turned out so well. It looks like that girl is going to be a dancer like her big sister. Give her hugs and kisses for me.

Lezli said...

How adorable!! Such a beautiful baby. . .who's growing up way too fast! Love you Avery!!

Lexie said...

Love the tut, love the eyes, love the cheeks, what a gorgeous gal! Happy late birthday Avery!