I've finally managed to put together this post on Nora's first birthday...
Nora turned one on a Saturday, so we thought it would be great to have a little celebration at our favorite beach spot and watch the sunset. I also thought it would be great to get lots of spectacular photos.
Things didn't entirely go as planned, but everything turned out wonderfully in the end. And plus, we got a good story and more than a few good memories to keep with us.
As it turned out, a big old storm decided Saturday May 13th was a great day to visit our corner of Florida. The first half of Nora's party was spent at not the cleanest park pavilion across the street from the beach to avoid the wind and rain. Thankfully it didn't rain too hard, but the weather was still pretty icky for a while. But I have to say that we have been blessed with really awesome friends and family who are willing to hang out in chilly, gloomy weather and allow their children to get completely muddy and gross and not complain or judge us at all. I'll admit I was a little more than flustered at the situation but everyone did such a wonderful job making the most of it and being so supportive and excited for Nora being one. And kids (bless them) apparently can have the time of their lives with a few puddles, a vacant basketball court, some watered down dirt and a good bit of watermelon.
After about an hour or so, the storm blew over and the sun came out and more friends and family arrived, and it turned out to be a such a fun time.
We were also able to return to the beach just in time to watch the sunset, which was what I really wanted to do with Nora.
Nora's party definitely wasn't Pinterest worthy, we didn't have tons of perfectly themed decorations or cute party favors. And Nora spent most of her time covered in a wonderful mixture of mud and watermelon juice.
But we did have friends and family and laughter and joy and lots and lots of watermelon, and I think that's really all you can ask for on your first birthday.
I also forgot to bring the memory card for my camera, and then halfway through filming Nora eating her birthday cake, my phone decided it had had quite enough of storing things such as photos and videos. So I unfortunately wasn't able to capture a whole lot.
But luckily my dear friend Carolina brought her camera and took some really fantastic photos for us, so everything worked out in the end.
Our little family left feeling a little bit wet and chilly, yes, but very blessed and thankful, too.
As far as development updates for Nora, there's not a whole lot to report. She is getting better at standing up by herself and has taken a couple steps here and there kind of on accident, but we're still waiting for her to officially start walking.
We love you, Nora! Happy Birthday, sweet girl!
Here are some photos from our birthday adventures. Enjoy!