Happy 1st Birthday!!

Guess what…Lydia turned 1!!  Of course, her birthday was February 4, but better late than never 🙂  We have been very busy preparing for our big European adventure and I just haven’t made time to sit down and blog about all of her many milestones.  Matt suggested several shorter entries and I think that’s the wait to go.  I could write volumes, but who has the time to read it even if I had the time to write it!!

 Lydia got to enjoy 3 birthday celebrations.  We visited my parents in Ohio in January and we had a little party with them.  We had this egg substitute stuff to use in the cake mix and it turned out pretty well the second time (the first time the cake didn’t rise and it just tasted off, although that could have something to do with the ancient cooking oil we found in Grandma’s cabinet).  We used new oil and two boxes of cake mix and that worked great in the 9×13 pan.  Lydia had a fine time playing with her special cake and making a mess.  She wasn’t that interested in eating it, but that’s not really the point, is it?!  It was also great fun to watch her with her presents.  Though clothes are great from my perspective, she was MUCH more attracted to the crinkly paper.

She had a second party with Matt’s parents and our friend Shawn who was visiting.  We had chocolate cake and chocolate soy ice cream.  Matt fed her this time rather than face cleaning up another “caked”-on mess:^)  She really seemed to enjoy the ice cream…like father, like daughter.  She also had more presents…a few clothes and some little toys from us.

Her third party was at Red Robin with Matt’s parents and a couple of friends.  She enjoyed a hamburger and french fries…and the rest of us enjoyed her birthday sundae (no real ice cream for Lydia, you know).  There was even a purple balloon for her and she received a special book from a dear friend (you know who you are:).  Would you believe she had a #1 candle in each cake AND in her birthday burger?!  We took plenty of pictures of all these celebrations and we’ll get them added to this entry when Matt reminds me how to do it 🙂


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