First Birthday on the Road!

Peter had his first birthday during our stay in Houston. Despite the amazing experiences we were having as a family, I’d be lying if I said my mom guilt didn’t kick in over not being able to give him a first birthday party surrounded by grandparents and other family. Mom guilt is a tricky, dangerous thing.

Our friends really stepped up and helped us make it a fun birthday. We had cupcakes and ice cream, and of course there were presents. He seemed to have a good time, though naturally he didn’t really understand what was going on. New toys, cake and ice cream, and a bit of extra attention… it’s a winning combination. He’ll never remember it, but someday he can look back at pictures and know he was loved and celebrated. And that’s what really matters.

Enjoy some pictures of the festivities!

Bday-Peter & Big Monkey

The guest of honor, not willing to be separated from Diana’s giant sock monkey

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Here come the cupcakes!

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Mesmerized by the flame, clearly with no idea why his food was on fire.

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Emelie got to blow out the rest of the candles.

Bday-Peter Cupcake 1

A careful little taste at first…

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Then a handful of icing…

Bday-Peter Handsfree Eating 2

Not loving the feeling of icing between his fingers, he tried a hands-free approach…

Bday-Peter Handsfree Eating 1

And seemed to decide that this was the best way to eat a cupcake.

Bday-Emelie Cupcake

Big sister likes cupcakes too!

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Time for presents!

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Yay! A ball!

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And a fire truck!

IMG_2979And our friends got him his own little sock monkey friend to take with him!

Thanks Diana, Micke, and Nancy for helping us give our little guy a special day! Once again you were a second family for us. Thanks for loving our kids so well!

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