Saturday, September 24, 2011

sophie's first birthday

Yay for getting more caught up on posting my personal photos! This is something I try to do on weekends, just to motivate myself to a) actually edit them and b) get the stories down before I forget them.

Today's story? My adorbz nieceling Sophie's first birthday party! In this case I'm doing it a bit in reverse since I've already scrapped several layouts of this (here, here, here, and here), but, hey, it all gets done in the end, right?

When I arrived at my parents' house for the party on a Sunday morning in July, Miss Thang had just gotten up from her nap and was looking all cute in her party dress.

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 Then of course she had to have a visit with my Dad...

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And with Beth's Dad, too.

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Mom was busy getting everything ready. For once I was not the main party planner! It was kinda nice just to sit back and shoot photos (especially since I'd just come back from CHA, where I took more than 1800!).

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A bunch of my cousins and their kids (whom I haven't seen in a looooong time) were there. Naomi is my cousin Felicia's little girl, and I literally hadn't seen her since she was just a month or two old!

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Jordan and Naomi- Jordan is Chris's (another cousin, Felicia's brother) daughter.

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Beth tried putting a birthday tiara on Sophie...

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...but little bugs was having none of it and tossed it on the floor!

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In the end, though, it did make a rather nice toy to chew on...

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Jake with his parents. These people are hard to catch photos of since they tend to hide from the camera!

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Shelli (Chris's wife) with Naomi.

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Beth's sister Jennifer with her son, Isaiah.

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Sophie had just started making fish faces right before her birthday.

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She wasn't quite sure what to do with the cake...

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...so she very slowly picked at it...

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...one...

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...crumb... (her expression here kills me!)

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...at...

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...a...

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...time.

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Mike thought he'd be funny and give Sophie "real" milk for her birthday.

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The birthday cake the rest of us ate.

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And I shot this just because I felt like it. I think it's so cool that Sophie is playing with some our old toys!

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Chris and Shelli with one of their boys, either Haydn or Christian (they're identical twins).

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Everyone settled in to watch Sophie open her gifts, one of which was a brand new wagon! She wasn't quite sure what to think of it at first...

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...but then she seemed to dig it.

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My aunt Linda and uncle Mike, who just retired from the Army reserves.

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Sweet cousins!

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Felicia and Naomi.

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And then it was time to rip into the presents for realz. Sophie was quite into tearing the paper.

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Then J took over helping her open packages (which led to hilarity later on).

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That's Lissa in the background, with Ryan- they've been friends with Beth and J since college.

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Isaiah was enthralled with Sophie's new talking Cookie Monster toy.

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He did this over and over to make it talk!

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And this next pair of photos? It's exactly what it looks like. My brother is truly Father of the Year, eh? (Note Ryan taking photos from behind. :) )

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Hmmmm, so is the tape or the paper more interesting?

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Apparently neither, since Sophie actually got up and walked out halfway through unwrapping! Dad had to bring her back in. :)

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What she did with this big box of stuff from my parents was hilarious!

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Dig in...

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...and pick something up and throw is behind. Apparently she does this with clean laundry, too.

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My brother was rushing to keep up with her!

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Fish face!

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Before we all left, I took some portraits of Ryan, Lissa, Jon, Beth, and Sophie- such a fun group!

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