Saturday was the big celebration for Cooper's first birthday. It's such a blessing to be able to gather with family and friends and celebrate life. Cooper's personal party planner and personal caterer planner did a great job. Zak is ready with some tips for cake eating/demolishing. And here is the last time anyone will see this pristine, white shirt.
Sarah, I forgot to tell you. . . great job on the elephant cupcakes! so cute!
Cooper sported a custom shirt for his birthday dinner . . .
After pizza, then a candle and a song, Cooper was given his cake and we got ready with our cameras to capture him enjoying his first taste of sugar. He wasn't buying it. He had that cake in front of him for at least ten minutes as many attempts were made to convince him he might like it. He pushed away any hand that came near offering a taste. He tried to give back the spoon. Caycee just didn't understand it but she knew enough to take advantage of the situation.
This is Cooper signing "finished" - the hands wiggle/rock and it's cute and funny to know he can do that and understand it. He was kind of desperately signing FINISHED! LISTEN TO ME - I'M FINISHED! Somehow he finally got a taste and oh how his tune changed. He thoroughly enjoyed his cake after that!
I did in-the-ditch quilting for the most part. But I did quilt a butterfly in each of the corner squares 'cause it tickled me. I would've quilted a butterfly in every square but that would've pained me! Actually, I think it would've been a bit much - a little too cute.
Cooper came to visit this weekend and he brought his entourage... John, Sarah, Dora and Audrey. He stayed with his Grandma and Grandpa for a bit while mom & dad went out on their own for a while. They're kind of amatuers at the whole going out without Cooper thing. They were back before we knew it. We'll have to watch Cooper at their house sometime so they can find a bit more to distract themselves. I did get some more time with just Cooper in the morning though - I love our mornings together!
Then in the afternoon Cooper and his Dad went to the park and brought along a camera crew. I'm not sure who had more fun . . .
Karen and I quilted at Decorative today. Hey, I could really start to enjoy going to "work"! It was fun to sew and talk and talk and sew. We started with a simple block and it sure looked pretty when Karen finished it. Buggers! I forgot there's math involved! But we did okay. . . we kept the apples and oranges out of it and finally figured things out.
Sewing . . . fun. Cutting . . . need lots of concentration, as you can see.
Pressing . . . the reward . . . the blocks turn out so pretty.
Thanks for meeting at Decorative today Karen - I enjoyed our morning.
Look! I passed my love of horses down to Caycee K! Look at her interest! Her excitement! Her concentration! Her determination! I'm telling you - they're in her blood!'course she's much more daring than her Nana . . . I think she's going to be a trick rider! . . . and she did seem to have as much fun sitting on the box while Zak pulled it . . . so maybe the jury is still out on her love of horses . . . I'll keep watching.
Caycee turned one while Justin was in Iraq so Dayna waited until now to have a big bash for her. (You may remember pics from her actual birthday when Dayna invited immediate family and Caycee REALLY enjoyed her cake.) Everyone came out Sunday to celebrate and to see their new house. Such fun . . .
So very many kids . . . here's a few of them
So many toys (this is Justin's partner's little girl - what a sweetie)
Caycee loved her music mat toy.... All those toys and Cooper spent a lot of time playing with paper. Shopping for his birthday is going to be EASY!!
Caycee found time in her busy day to help show Adam how to wear his glasses.
I don't have a picture of it, but a few minutes later she showed Adam that, yes, in fact, in spite of what he says, his glasses reallly DO bend that way - you just have to pull really hard.
Yesterday it was eleven days since I've seen any grandkids. Oh how I miss them!! But I got my fix. After working at Decorative I met Sarah and Cooper for lunch on my way home. It was so good to see them both. Cooper is walking so well... he no longer does the Frankenstien walk with the arms stretched out and the walk so stiff - it was really cute while it lasted. He walked all the way to our table, smiling at everyone along the way. When I'm eating alone I enjoy reading a good book while I linger over my meal and it seems Cooper feels the same way...
First it was "mmm, fruit" " Hurray Mom! How did you know that's what I wanted?!" Then the book... "this looks interesting." "I think I see where this is going..." Ok, so there's a few differences between Cooper and I when it comes enjoying lunch and a good book. But we do both enjoy them together. So very good to see Cooper and we get to see him again Sunday along with Zak and Caycee! Yippee!