Things started out a little "It's my party and I'll cry if I want to" but quickly turned around. She just wasn't into sitting still on the couch for a photo when there were so many fun friends around.
Cora and Liam loved all the party food. Cora ate her body weight in watermelon.
She also figured out the present opening a little quicker than at Christmas. She received some great new toys and has loved playing with them lately. This book is one of her favorites that we must read EVERY morning upon waking.
We put up a few fun decorations and went with cupcakes and a mini cake for Cora. Mom helped me make a "Cora is One!" banner for the fire place. Cupcake making kicked off at 6:30 a.m. the day of her party. At first I wasn't going to make a separate mini-cake and thought that a cupcake for her would suffice. Somehow though, I could not keep my inner Martha at bay and decided that she should have something just a little more special. This decision resulted in one mini bundt cake release fail and a quick trip to Hobby Lobby for Rob and Mom to pick up the mini cake pan.
Finally, it was time for cake! The first bites were a little hesitant, but once she figured out it was something she could actually eat, she loved it! Look at how proud Daddy was as he gave her the cake.
Birthday 1 from Courtney Green on Vimeo.
Birthday 2 from Courtney Green on Vimeo.
After the cake eating, we moved the party to the backyard for swinging and baby pool swimming. I will never forget this day and am grateful to everyone that helped us celebrate. I wished I would have taken more pictures, but I was busy capturing all the snap shots in my mind. What a blessed year we have had.