Friday, December 23, 2011

Emma's Birthday Celebration

Emma's Birthday

Just opened her Care Bear
Opening her Gifts
We started off celebrating her birthday by opening presents right when she woke up.  We have a family tradition of hiding the birthday presents first but since Emma is only 1, we scattered the presents around the room where she could see them but still have to crawl to them. It was so fun watching her open her presents and play with her toys.  Two of her presents were clothes, which she wasn't exactly thrilled about.

Emma Maren & Grandma Maren
Emma asleep with her
Cabbage Patch Doll
After presents and playing around for a bit, we headed off to IHOP.  I know she's only 1 but it was a reason to go out to breakfast!  She and her brother both received complimentary ice cream sundaes there as well.  Once we finished up our meal, we took Emma to see her grandma and grandpa.  Emma Maren is named after her grandma Maren.  She was also born on her grandma's half birthday so it's extra special!

Emma at McDonald's
Emma at McDonald's
Later on that day, after Talmage had come home from Preschool, we took them to McDonald's.  Awhile ago, I found a really cool McDonald's play place that was geared towards toddlers and older babies.  Emma's only been there once before and she loved it so naturally, we just had to go there on her birthday.  She had a blast playing, crawling and standing on all the soft objects.

Emma & PaPa opening gifts
That evening, my dad and Linda came over to join in our celebration.  They brought a balloon, gifts, cards and cupcakes!  I had already made Ladybug cupcakes for her cake so we had double the cupcakes.

Lady Bug Cupcakes
I can hardly believe that Emma is 1!  It seems like she is only about 8 months.

Some fun things that she's doing now are:
-standing up to the couch

-taking a few steps along the couch
Attempting to blowout
her 1st Birthday Candle
-babbling and talking
Eating her Cupcake like a Lady
-words: daddy, hi, aye, hey, mama, uh-oh
-mimics sounds
-mimics actions
-dances...ALL the time
-points and talks

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