Ode to Audrey (Parts I & II)

Audrey turned 1 on May 1st! I can’t believe she’s already a year old. It’s gone by so fast. She now how four teeth, loves to stand and hold on to things (I think walking isn’t far off), her favorite word is “dada”, and her favorite thing to do these days is ride around in her green car (featured at the end of this post). Jake and I feel so lucky to have such a happy, easy-going little girl (she gets that from her dad). For her birthday I went a little over the top, but since she’s my first, and since I happen to love birthdays (how great that you get to spend a day celebrating a person?), I thought, why not?

Part I.

My sister Alyson is a crafty genius/seamstress. Check out her blog: polkanuts.blogspot.com. I had been telling Aly that I was looking for a cute dress to take Audrey’s 1 year photos in. So what does she do? She MAKES Audrey an adorable one-of-a-kind dress. With a matching hairpiece. Isn’t she fabulous? Just look how cute it is! I think these are some of my most favorite photos I’ve taken of Audrey to date. They are just SO her.

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Oh this face! I want to eat it.

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I’m getting this one printed big for her room

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Part II.

Now for the party photos! A big shout-out to my fabulous sister-in-law/assistant extraordinaire Kayti for all her help with this party!

We made this little banner. I love how it turned out!

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My cousin Mindy makes the most adorable little cakes! She made this one for the party, and another for a cake smash session coming up in Part III (yes, there’ll be a third part to this post…) Let me know if you want her info!

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Some yummy homemade cupcakes. I should have made the frosting a little thicker, but they still turned out!

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Oh the excitement! Look how lucky this girl is…and she knows it 🙂

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Always smiling! She loved everyone singing to her.

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This photo makes me laugh. She wasn’t actually blowing. I think she was trying to mimic Jake blowing, but couldn’t actually do it. It looks like it though, doesn’t it?

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Audrey was pretty dainty about the cake eating. Just sticking a finger in here and there, and they trying to give pieces to her daddy. Maybe it was the fondant? She’s not so dainty in Part III when the cake has buttercream frosting

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Once again, check out my sister’s craftiness. She whipped up this adorable “1” hat and cupcake bloomers for the birthday girl! These will also debut in Part III.

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My favorite part was watching Audrey open gifts. She absolutely loved every one! Her reactions of excitement and joy when she opened every gift was so cute! (And I think it made all the gift-givers feel good too–THANK YOU EVERYONE!!)

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Her present from Jake and I was this green car. And let me tell you, it’s the best thing I ever bought. She is SO in love with this car. Every morning she crawls to it and tries to climb in. Once we put her in, she puts one hand on the wheel and the other on the arm rest and just leans back like she’s cruising down the boulevard. Every now and then she’ll honk the horn. She loves having her bottle or sippy in the cupholder, and LOVES taking her doll on rides with her. She could ride in this for hours.

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Happy Birthday Audrey! Mom and Dad love you! (And obviously a lot of other people do too)

Sylvia - She is one lucky girl! It’s so fun to see you and your sisters with kids. Miss you ladies.May 9, 2010 – 10:39 pm

Gina - She really is scrumptious! Great photos, Meredith! You caught all her joy! What a fun day for her!May 9, 2010 – 3:21 pm

lindsay ross - OH she is so adorable! I’m OBSESSED.
Can she and Oliver please date?!May 9, 2010 – 3:00 pm

Tandy - holy mackerel she’s ONE?! look at those teeth! she’s so “audrey”. talk about the perfect name! more now than ever.
congrats on having a one year old, and happy mom’s day, meredith!May 9, 2010 – 2:56 pm

aaron - these are awesomeMay 9, 2010 – 1:41 pm

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