Wednesday, April 28, 2010

A Big Day for Our Big Boy!

I'm definitely in post-overload right now but I don't want to forget one single moment of these days! Even now, having a one-year-old, I find that I am surprised when I look at photos and videos from this last year. How tiny Charlie could I have forgotten? But I have. Days have gone by and times have changed. I've gotten caught up in the todays and forget what all the yesterdays were like, not that that's necessarily a bad thing. Much like his entry into our lives though, I want to capture every single moment of Charlie's first birthday so that I never, ever forget how sweet these times truly are.

We had a great day today. We both had the day off and spent it happily enjoying time with our son. His actual birthday party with family and friends is yet to come, this Saturday but today we had lots of fun practicing for the big event. This morning had us opening up and breaking in a couple of new toys, which included a square foot garden kit for Mommy that will certainly appear in future blog entries! After that we went to lunch, where Charlie got a balloon and his first-ever restaurant birthday serenade, along with dessert that was bigger than he was. Next it was off to our favorite Scottish bakery about half and hour away, where we picked up some treats that we save for special occasions. To finish off the afternoon, we took a trip to the park where Charlie enjoyed some time on the slide and swing. Finally, we went over to my parent's house where we had dinner and sang "Happy Birthday" to Charlie as we (well, the wind) helped him blow out his candle. It was a lovely day and without further ado, here is a photographic synopsis of our celebrations:

Early morning snuggles with Daddy, on the deck.

Showing off his snazzy socks and birthday shirt.

Dessert that's bigger than you are, nice...

...and delicious!
Special time with Mommy...

...and Daddy!
Checking out his cool blue balloon...

...and of course, showing it off!

Daddy, helping Charlie practice his new walking skills.

Sliding and smiling!

Swinging in the sunshine!

Yes that's a pickle he's sharing with Daddy, yum!

Mama and Baby.

Brown eyes and birthday cake

What a beautiful mess!


RB said...

BEAUTIFUL! Charlie is the most adorable little guy!

Anonymous said...

What an awesome day!!! So much fun and so cute! Sometimes I think Charlie is a fake baby that you take pictures of, because he is so stinkin cute and perfect! I Love it!

Happy Birthday Charlie!!


Michelle said...

Awww, how these pictures made me smile so big! I remember this time last year. I remember the days just before Charlie was born so clear. My how time has flown!
Cangrats to Mom and Dad and Happy Birthday to Charlie!

Rebekah said...

Love it! How special that you got to have a sweet family day. And, um, is your hair chopped off? When did that happen???

TXMom2B said...

So cute!!! Happy Birthday Charlie!

Just wait until he's 18 months. Then you'll look back on his 6 months photos and wonder who that little baby was:-)

Kelly said...

I love him!! He is such a big boy, but still so little!!

Kel said...

He is just so beautiful Melba! I love, love, love how happy you all are together! Give him a smooch from his Washington Fan! :D

Rachel said...

I love it. Your pictures just radiate joy and peace and love and happiness. Yay for you and your family!

Jamie said...

Happy happy birthday sweet little charlie!!! it's just amazing how quickly the past year has gone. he is such a beautiful little soul and i'm so happy he found you!!! :) glad to hear his birthday was perfect ~ hope you're having a great party today!!! :)

Natalie said...

Oh my gosh! I have to tell you this pictures are wonderful! I might have to know what kind of camera you use! :) I especially love the "brown eyes" pic...where your dog is patiently waiting from some cake to fall off of Charlie's plate! I can see my dogs doing this same thing someday! :) :) Happy Birthday Charlie!! (I'm a little late, but better late than never!!)