Otis doesn’t actually turn one until Wednesday, but yesterday we celebrated with a party that exceeded my wildest expectations. I thought the decorating might be the most fun part, but boy was I wrong (although I definitely enjoyed making these photo displays)!
I LOVE that it was a family affair! Grammie and Grandma made food, Grampie and Gramps helped set up the pool (note their creative puzzle arrangement).
Uncle Greg and Aunt Megan fought Bay Area traffic to deliver delicious, homemade cupcakes.
We even had remote attendees. Aunt Jen texted throughout the day for a photo and video play by play, and Uncle Tim joined us for a post party Skype.
Otis adores water, so Brad and my gift to him was a giant, dinosaur kiddie pool. We hoped that the party-going babies would all enjoy it, but were prepared for it to be a giant bust. It was a hit! Each baby loved the pool for a different reason. For one baby it was a jungle gym.
Another enjoyed the sprinkler part of it and was content to just stand and let the water hit is face.
Yet another baby enjoyed drinking the pool water. And Otis liked chasing the balls around the pool.
He didn’t want to get out even when his teeth were chattering.
Even the tiniest baby enjoyed dipping her toes in.
Who knew we could get 4 babies to play in it all at the same time?!?!
All the kiddos enjoyed exploring Otis’ new presents and all the parents enjoyed sipping wine and beer. 😃
Otis had his first taste of chocolate. I think a big portion of the cupcake ended up on the floor, but quite a bit made it into his mouth and even into Eli’s mouth.
It was wonderful to have our family and friends gathered together to celebrate Oat’s Bday. It was amazing to see Otis enjoy his own party. And it made me feel very lucky indeed to know that we are raising our sweet boy with such an incredible community!