Sorry for taking so long to give you the details about Emily's birthday party. Things have been a little crazy here (in case you didn't figure that out from the last post). I have no doubt that this post will NOT live up to the hype that has been built up in your mind, but here goes...
Friday was Emily's birthday and I took the day off so we could do something fun as a family. We decided to go to Joe Huber’s Farm. They have apple picking, a pumpkin patch and various other activities. We have never been there and it seemed like a fun "fall" place to go. It was a beautiful day (actually a little too warm, since we were still having summer weather in OCTOBER, but I digress…).
The farm was absolutely beautiful, but it is not really designed for babies. There were two playgrounds and neither one had a baby swing. Also, in order to go to the pumpkin patch, corn maze or just about anything else, you had to go on foot without the stroller. Since Emily is almost 22 pounds, neither of us were really excited to carry her around everywhere. Plus, she doesn't like to be held for long periods of time - she gets really antsy. So that made things a little tricky for us.
We bought some tickets (all of the activities "cost" a certain number of tickets). The first thing we did was go on a wagon ride that takes you into a field where you can feed goats. Emily just turned one, shouldn't she be able to hold her own against a bunch of aggressive hungry goats? Seemed like a good idea to us. The wagon ride was actually pretty uneventful. Mike held Emily and I fed the goats. Emily didn't seem very interested at all.
Since we had to use up our tickets, Mike decided to try his hand at the Apple Launch (picture a big sling shot). Emily and I sat in the shade waiting for Mike to come back with his bucket of apples. Sitting in that spot seemed like a good idea until someone decided to use the Corn Cannon (a gun that shoots corn cobs). The "cannon" is VERY loud and Emily does not like loud noises, so she started to have a major meltdown. I tried to get her away from there as fast as I could. I took her into the store where we could sit in a rocking chair for a bit. She finally calmed down, but I felt so bad - the poor girl gets scared to death on her birthday outing! Probably not her top choice for fun ways to spend your birthday. No doubt we will be nominated for parents of the year!
It wasn't long before we decided to head home. We gave her dinner and hopped in the car for the hour ride home. She passed out in the car (nothing wears you out like a good cry). And you have already seen the pictures from our cupcake adventures the night of her birthday. So adorable!
The next day, was her birthday party at our church. Since I have rambled on long enough I will just tell the story with pictures. I know that is why most of you come to our blog anyway (and who could blame you - Emily is a cutie).
The Birthday Girl!
This is the church fellowship hall.
If you look closely you can see Mike hard at work in the kitchen.
Bet you can't guess who picked out the Winnie the Pooh cake.
"This is a LOT bigger than a cupcake!"
"I really need help blowing out this candle."
Emily had 2 helpers to open the presents for her.
She watched everything very closely.
She looks like she is almost asleep, but really she was wide awake taking it all in!
Here she is hanging out with her friend Aidan at the end of the party. I think they were both wiped out! He turned 1 two weeks before Emily so he was probably giving her some good advice about how to unwind after the party.
It was a great day. We got to hang out with friends, eat some good food and cake. We had fun celebrating this milestone in Emily's life. Thanks to those who were there to celebrate with us. And to all of you that are too far away to join us, thanks for the gifts that were sent. Everyday we seemed to get something in the mail. You really made Emily feel special!