Even though she has only been in our lives for 1 year, it definitely feels like she has always been around. I can't imagine life without her.
Caitlin's birthday celebration has been split into 3 low key events:
1. Playtime at Pretend City with our cousin Connie and her family.
Pretend City is an indoor play area, set up to look like a fictional city, with their own beach, bank, doctor's office, theater, Ralphs, cafe, restaurant, farm, library... the list goes on. Caitlin had a great time, especially because she was reunited with her BFF.
Can't wait for us to go back.
2. Cake Smash on the day of her birthday.
I baked Caitlin a zuchinni bread "cake" with cream cheese frosting. The morning of her birthday, before Jeff went to work, we laid out a bed sheet on the church lawn (directly across the street from our home), plopped Caitlin down in front of the cake, and let her go to town! To my surprise, Caitlin timidly poked at the frosting, offered the frosting to Jeff, and crawled away. Jeff had to break pieces of the "cake" off and hand it to her to give her an idea what she was supposed to be doing.
What a funny, dainty, little princess.
This will be next weekend, after my sister flies in from Seattle (she still has yet to meet Caitlin!). The party attendees will consist of my parents, my two sisters, and my sister's husband. There should be delicious airy Chinese cake for Caitlin's cake, and dinner afterward (or perhaps we should do it the other way around?).
A big "thank you" for those who gave Caitlin a birthday gift and/or wished Caitlin a "Happy Birthday". It really means a lot to me.
Please check our "family" blog soon for Caitlin's 12-month reflection blog post and MORE pictures! (I'll write it up as soon as I can get a little more computer time! That is hard to come by around here!)