Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Sammy's Baptism and More Birthday Celebration

Sammy was baptized a week after he turned 1. We were so pleased to have my grandparents, who we call Nona and Grandpa Red, Sam's godmother Hauna, as well as James, Lesli and their daughter Ruby in attendance. He did wonderfully as usual - no tears and was quiet as a mouse during the whole thing. After the ceremony we went back to the house where the girls played together (so nicely!), and Paul, Nona and I pulled together a tasty dinner.

We had such a nice visit with Grandpa Red and Nona. We all love when family visits but the girls really go crazy for them. Annabel is smitten with Grandpa Red; let's just say there were a lot of ballet performances by Annie just for him. She also gave him one of her dolls so he would sleep better being away from home. Lucy also took to her great grandparents so well, and when Nona was resting on the couch she was sure to tuck her in with a throw so she would be cozy. We can't wait until the next gathering of friends and family.

Paul with Sammy.

The baptism.

Hauna, Sammy and James, who stood in for Paul's brother Mark, the godfather, who could not make the trip from England.

Sammy and me.

We celebrated his birthday once again with family and friends.

Nona and Grandpa Red.

Ruby loving that blue frosting!

James and Lesli, such a cute couple.

Sammy enjoying more cake. (Wow, no sugar for a whole year, then two big sugar bombs within a week!)

The girls enjoying cake.

Sammy, Me, Grandpa Red, Annabel, Nona and Lucy.

The kids with their great grandparents; I love these fun family group shots.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Sammy Is 1!

Sammy turned 1 year old on Aug. 1st. What a year full of changes. So much happens in that first year of life. I cherished every bit of it, even more so because he's my last baby. He's always been a wonderful baby - so happy and easy going - and now he's growing into a fun little guy. His favorite thing to do right now is play catch with balls, and if a ball is not available any object will do: sippy cups, all manner of toys, clothes, shoes, etc. Things are flying around here!

For quite some time he's communicated primarily through pointing and a few sign language signs, but about a week ago he said his first word (more or less): "ti-to," which for those of you who don't speak Sammy means tick-tock. We have a little KitKat clock with a tail that ticks and tocks. It fascinates him so much that it inspired him to speak. His crawling is lightening fast (the girls scooted on their bottoms so I am used to the slower versions of baby mobility), and he's pulling up now. I know it will be just a couple more months of true babyhood because once he's walking it's over. So bittersweet: great to see him developing and healthy, but sad that his baby days soon will be gone.

We had a little party for him at home. The girls enjoyed opening his two presents and playing with them; Sammy enjoyed playing with the wrapping paper. Dave and Jason, Paul's friends from England, were vacationing here and they got him a gigantic Winnie the Pooh balloon that he loved. Granny and Grandad in England sent an adorable card. It was a fun day. I am looking forward to the year to come.


Squishy seahorse friend.

Enjoying the Pooh balloon.

Just the guys: Dave, Jason, Sam and Paul.

We all went out to lunch to celebrate the gorgeous day. Here's Annabel on her best restaurant behavior. (My kids are still learning how to behave in restaurants because we rarely dine out.)

Lucy coloring her rainbow bocce ball fellow. (Sammy not pictured because of fussiness.)

Paul grilled out for Sammy's birthday dinner. Annabel is going through the cutest phase right now of smiling and hamming it up for the camera. Love it!

Dave and Jason enjoying dinner.

Lucy, me and Sammy.

Happy birthday to you, Sammy!


Yum, yum!

Yum, yum, yum!

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Lucy's Birthday Party

Lucy had her 5th birthday party and it was F-U-N! We got an inflatable water slide and did the place up in The Little Mermaid party decor all festive like. She and her friends really seemed to have a blast. I am still in a state of disbelief that my baby is 5. Where does the time go?

Lucy and Annabel testing out the slide before the guests arrived.

Lucy is not sure about the bucket that spills water down the climbing bit every few minutes but soon warms to the water slide fun.

Sammy and Grandma splashing.

Grandpa watching the girls play.


Authentic Mexican Ariel pinata we got at the San Jose Flea Market.

Annabel having a go. The bat was a little frightening but no one was hurt during the breaking of this pinata.

Cupcakes I made and the big "5".

May all your birthday wishes come true!

Sammy with Grandma. It was all a little confusing for him seeing all the people running around.

Paul watching some of the kids play.

Sammy with godmother Hauna. We had so many open arms for our little crawler.

The day is done. The birthday girl happy and tired!