Wednesday, October 8, 2008


Izabel at 1 day old!

Izabel on her first birthday!

WOW! I can't believe it's been a year and our baby is one! It's truly amazing to think back over the past year and realize how much we have been through and how much we are getting ready to go through over the next year. At some moments it seems like she was born just yesterday and I can remember every detail so clearly. At other moments it seems like she's been with us forever. She's changed so much and everyday we see more and more of her personality coming out.

She's an excellent walker now and she is starting to run. She pretty much eats anything we'll let her have. She eats all table foods and loves fruit more than anything else! I'll put her plate down and before I can turn around she's downed all of the fruit and then she picks at the meat and veggie. She loves to play and is having a great time with all of her new toys. We take her for walks in the wagon and she takes her baby along. She holds on to her baby so tight, it's so cute!

She goes down for her naps and for bed pretty much right on time everyday. At night she starts to whine when she gets really tired and she'll start walking down the hallway towards her room. She'll knock on her door and then look back at you like aren't you going to come put me in my bed? She also loves to take a bath. I'll just say the word and she'll take off towards the bathroom. She'd probably sit in there all night if I'd let her. The problem is that she likes to stand up and a slippery baby walking around in a tub full of water just doesn't work for me.

She had her main birthday celebration this past weekend but there are still a few more festivities planned. Tonight she is having her birthday dinner with her Godmother Humaira. It will include lots of fruit and some cake! Then her Mimi, Aunt Deb and cousin Andy will be in town Friday through Monday so she'll have lots of fun celebrating with them. I took Friday off so I could spend the day with everyone so I'll get to be home with Izzy an extra day this week! Saturday we are going to try and go to the Hunt Club. They have hay rides, a petting zoo, pony rides and a pumpkin patch. I think she'll love it!

For now I am just left with tears in my eyes thinking about how my baby girl is one year old and growing up so fast already. She's such a wonderful baby. I really don't think we could have asked for a better more beautiful loving child. We are truly blessed!!!

Happy Birthday Baby Girl. We love you more than you will ever know! Love Mommy and Daddy!!!

Sunday, October 5, 2008

Izabel's Birthday Party!!!

Saturday was Izabel's first birthday party! We went with a pretty much all pink theme and we got lots of pink balloons which Izabel loved. We had almost 30 people here so it was crowded but Izabel had a great time playing and visiting with everyone and we all had a good time catching up. We had lots of great food and of course some great strawberry cake! Izabel got a ton of presents. We got her a big red wagon and then everyone brought enough toys to fill it up. There were also a ton of books, more than a ton of clothes and plenty of money to go buy more! After Izabel opened her presents we went in the kitchen to watch her have her first piece of cake. She was hesitant at first but she certainly enjoyed it once she got started. Here are some of our favorite pics as well as a video of Izabel with her cake! Enjoy and thank you to everyone who came and made the day so special for us and for Izabel. She had a wonderful time and she couldn't have behaved any better. We couldn't have asked for a nicer day with all of our friends and family and our beautiful daughter!

I'm ready to party! Can I open just one now?
Why not?
Opening presents with Mommy
Crayons and coloring books and more books!

Playing in all of the tissue paper (probably her favorite part!) Loving the strawberry cake! Could she have Zeta in her future???
Her thrown for the day

Check out the birthday cake video. It's a little long but you can see how she was hesitant and then really got into it! Enjoy!

Neptune Festival

Last Saturday we went down to the Neptune Festival at the Virginia Beach oceanfront. It was a really nice day so we went down to see the sandcastles and walk the boardwalk. Here are some pics!