June was born a year ago today! Yay! We celebrated last weekend with family, friends, and fried chicken, as one does.
Since the weather is so beautiful this time a year, an al fresco party at Garfield Park in South Pasadena was the order of the day. We reserved a gazebo a few months in advance and got to planning soon after.
With the exception of selecting the theme and purchasing candy for the piñata, the entire affair was executed by two amazing and talented friends: Esme and Sarah. Delegation without guilt is truly a Mom’s best friend.
Esme set the mood for the fête with the most adorable decorations ever, complete with centerpieces and table runners.
She also created a month-by-month photo montage that gave The Astronomer and me a major case of #thefeels. The days are long, but the years are short, as they say.
We couldn’t bear to get rid of this piece after the party, so the Very Hungry Caterpillar currently resides on the bookshelf in the living room. June gets a kick out of seeing so many pictures of herself.
…a trio of salads: Moroccan carrot, German potato, and red cabbage cole slaw…
…and cheese, so much good cheese. June was a big fan of the smoked gouda…
…and last but not least, carrot cake! One for guests to enjoy, and one for June to do as she pleased.
June was more interested in cream cheese frosting than actual cake, kind of like her mother.
Things went well enough until she smothered her eyeball in icing. First came tears, then came a breakdown, and then a nap.
Happy birthday, June. You’re my girl.
Stats: 19 pounds, 2 feet 6 inches, 2 teeth (and 3 on the way)
Favorite foods: smoked salmon, shrimp, avocado, beans, bananas, pears, whatever Mom and Dad are eating
Favorite toys: books, puzzles, rubber duckies, Elmo, anything with little details to discover
Favorite books: The Little Dump Truck, Baby Animals of the Southwest, errythang Spot, eerythang Jane Cabrera
Loves: Standing, climbing, crawling, toes (a.k.a. “tootsies), head-butting, being sung to, the outdoors
Loathes: Diaper changes, being “fussed” with for cleaning purposes, barettes