10-11-2013   Leave a comment

I’m sleeping in a little today after the festivities of last night when our favorite and only grandson celebrated his first birthday. It wasn’t a huge party just a small group of family members to take a lot of photographs, eat some cake, and watch our newest member take his first steps into the world.

I haven’t had the pleasure of attending birthday parties such as this for a very long time.  As I recall the last time was decades ago when  my niece and nephew were new to the world.  Since his mother is a believer in traditional values the party was just as you might expect.  The star of the night was in fine form and hamming it up with everyone as soon as they arrived.  He was all smiles and attitude and I felt like he knew it was a special occasion of some sort but wasn’t quite sure what it was.  He knew he was receiving a lot of extra attention and really enjoyed himself.

Both of his grandmothers were there to coo over him as they’re supposed to do and he ate it up as usual.  All of the family pets were involved (2 dogs and 2 cats) and were running around, having a great time, and enjoying the excitement like everyone else.

Then it was time for gifts as we sat around and watched him unwrap a gift, play with it for a moment, and then go for the wrapping paper.  He enjoyed the stupid paper as much as the gifts.  He was quite taken by a huge bag of foam blocks that he immediately dove into and began to play with.  He’s either going to be some sort of engineer or possibly a Lego salesman.  We’ll just have to wait and see.

The highlight of the night for me was the cake presentation.  His Mom baked him a small green cake that he was expected to demolish and OMG did he ever.  In one short minute the cake was man-handled, smashed, and smeared over anyone daring to get too close.  Once he realized he could destroy it, he did so.  His face, hands, arms, eyes, were covered as he shoveled it into his mouth with both hands.  He was also nice enough to feed a good portion to the two dogs who were hovering around waiting for some.  He was a real mess and I’ve saved plenty of photo’s to prove it.  I’m looking forward to the day a few years down the road when I can show them to him.

He finally was dumped unceremoniously into the bathtub and scrubbed clean by an assortment of volunteers.  He was dressed in his new fancy PJ’s and settled in for his final bottle of milk for the day.  All in all quite a successful first birthday party.  I hope the rest of them as just as festive and filled with people who love him. 

What more can a person ask.

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