On Sunday, we had a ladybug party for Isabella complete with little girls from the neighborhood, grandma from North Carolina, cupcakes, ice cream, and ladybug games (for the older kids).
Mercer was involved in planning the party. He told us which little girls in the neighborhood should be invited: two little 2 year olds. Then he realized that there were no boys at the party, so he wanted to invite someone from baseball that has a 3 year old sister and another neighbor boy + his older sister. (both named Jackson) There's a picture of the dueling Jacksons above~
It was a nice crowd of people that celebrated Isabella's first year with us! The weather was beautiful and the party spilled outside for awhile.
Isabella seemed a little apprehensive of the fire. She got her first taste of cake (with dye made from beets instead of artificial colors) and her first taste of ice cream. She did not get upset like Mercer did. No crying for this birthday star.
She did not make a very big mess at first, but kept at it -- slowly and methodically - 'til she had it ALL over her face!
Here are some more photos from the party -- the last one is my favorite!
Wednesday (yesterday) was her actual birthday. I've been taking photos of her every 3 months with the doll that Mercer gave her at their first meeting. Here are a few shots with the doll.
Also, we had dinner at home and celebrated with her, then gave her our gift: a custom-made walker / stroller. She got a little more ice cream, but we were not brave enough to try another cupcake.
Today, when Isabella returned to daycare after being at home for a couple of days, she got to partake in one more celebration. She and her classmates enjoyed muffins. (most of which ended up on the floor). Mrs Angela is still there... still one of the most loving care-givers we've met!
Obviously, Isabell did not understand what's going on with all of the celebrations, however, we think she had a great time.
Hopefully she feels lots of love and the joy that we've received from having her as a part of our life this past year!