Sunday, March 16, 2008

Amaya's First Birthday

Amaya enjoyed her first birthday. It started off with mommy and daddy singing her happy birthday, which she got a kick out of. She just stood there and grinned. Then it was tub time and off to pictures. Amaya had fun at her 1 year pictures. We were thankful that we were the first appointment of the day, because once Amaya could hear other people arriving and being ushered into other studios, she wanted to go investigate. She kept walking over to the door and peering down the hall. Closing the door didn't help. She just walked over to the door and tried to get it open. So funny. It's a different world with children once they are walking! Once pictures were done, Amaya enjoyed exploring all the cool stuff in the studio, so Scott and the photographer entertained Amaya with bubbles so that she was distracted from all the cool props while I packed up everything. After pictures, we headed back home for her party. We kept it small and intimate. Just Scott, Amaya, Grandma Cindy, Grandpa Jerry, and myself. We wished Grandpa John and Grandma Kim could have joined us, but they had to head back north March 1. We started off the festivities with brunch. Amaya enjoyed her first piece of breakfast pizza, a Hove family tradition. Then it was present time. Amaya was more hands on with that part than I thought she would be. By next year she'll really be ready to tear open those gifts! She had fun with gift opening. She got lots of great stuff and dove right in to checking out her new toys and clothes. She was so excited with her new toys. It was soooo precious. After gift opening, it was cake time. Which turned out to be the most fun! Amaya had her own mini cake to tear into, and she had a ball with that. It was so fun to watch her experience her first cake! So, all in all, it was a very special day! It's hard to believe a year has already gone by! It's been a year packed full of precious moments and special memories. All beginning March 15th of last year. On such a special day as our daughter's first birthday, I found myself reminiscing about our first days days with her and how special that time was and continues to be. We continue to be so very thankful for our little miracle. She's been a joy and it just keeps getting better and better. So, it's only fitting that we give a big shout out to the Ballou family, Amaya's surro family. Thank you for helping us experience this joy!

All ready for the big party!
The gifts all ready for the birthday girl.
The birthday girl, party hat and all.
Gift time
The birthday girl, so sweet.
Mommy checking out the new outfit. Amaya checking out the tissue paper.
Little lady
Amaya tearing into a gift.

Ooh, check this out mom.
Amaya got a porcelin shoe from Grandma Kim and Grandpa John and the first thing she did with it was lean over and put it up to her foot as if she was going to put it on. So cute. What a smart little gal.
Cake time
Fun, fun, fun.

Messy, messy, messy.
Precious, precious, precious.


Anonymous said...

Cute pictures!!!!!!! I love them!
love, mae

AKWJ said...

Happy Birthday Amaya! You are getting to be such a big girl. I love the pictures your Mommy puts on your blog. You are too cute!