We celebrated by inviting some family over for a ballerina brunch, complete with a donut
tower cake. She didn't seem to mind not having birthday cake on the day.
I can't believe she is already this big. It's hard to imagine our little brunette baby we welcomed into the world a year ago. Our spitty, fussy newborn has grown into a bronde, hazel-eyed gem who is brave, busy, inquisitive, and usually smiling.
|So naturally we give her sugar.|
|And she skips to the important part of the donut.|
It's harder than you'd think to shop for a one-year-old with an older sister, but we managed to find a few things that Monica specifically would enjoy.. and that she did ;)
We love you more than you can ever imagine. Your spunk and joy inspire me every day. If I could give you a "word" (apparently it's a thing), yours would be bright. Your eyes are bright, your personality is bright, and you light up a room with your toothy grin (all 8 of those badboys).
Your favorite toys right now are two small plush animals: duck and cat. You carry them around, seek them out, and hold them up to us and excitedly yell, "Cat! Duck!" It's awesome.
You just figured out walking about a week or so ago. You still haven't made it clear across the living room yet without falling, but it's not for a lack of trying. You're going to be running through the house before we know it! Until then, we'll enjoy watching you toddle around like a newborn fawn who just got off of a boat. :)
You love to dance, sing, play peek-a-boo, and above all explore. You are constantly tugging climbing (attempting), digging, throwing, tasting... anything to help you better understand the big world around you. As a result, you're very busy, which is great (we love that you are learning so much!) but if you could tone it down at mass and bedtime, I wouldn't mind.
Thank you for all of the light you bring to our lives. Everything has changed since you came into the world, and I wouldn't have it any other way. I love how even though you aren't very cuddly anymore, you still cling to us (and I'm the favorite at the moment, so thank you for that too). We love you oh so very much.
Love love love,
Daddy and Mommy
|I've consented to the fact that family portraits aren't really going to be happening anymore, so I'm going for the ones that show the most personality as the winners.|