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!


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