DD Nora and I drove up to Michigan last weekend to help little Maddie celebrate her first birthday. Her actual birthday is on Valentine's Day but her family party was on Saturday. We were a bit concerned about how the weather might be for travel, but both of our travel days were clear and Nora and I had a nice time together during the trip.
We got to Michigan late Friday evening after the children were in bed. Drew got a new twin bed recently and was kind enough to let me sleep in it. Here is a picture of him in a rather serious moment:
Aunt Nora got up early Saturday morning and started entertaining the children at six A.M. Here she is later in the day holding the birthday girl who is modeling the pillowcase dress that Megan made her for the event.
Megan had the food all planned out. She made two kinds of soup and Nora made one. Meg also made two salads and baked cupcakes.
Jim's sister, Sharon, made a couple of Pinto Bean Pies as a dessert choice. They contain mashed pinto beans, coconut, and pecans. Have you ever tried Pinto Bean Pie? You couldn't really tell that there were pinto beans in the pie--it was more like one of those impossible pies with coconut and pecans.
I baked a little "smash cake" for Maddie and decorated it and the cupcakes.
Maddie grabbed the little cake and pulled it toward her and then just started pinching off dainty little bites. Her Aunt Nora helped her take a big handful of cake and then she really got into the swing of things!
After being the center of attention while eating her cake she was really hamming it up:
On Sunday Maddie wore the new little dress that I had made her for her birthday. It fit her well and was very appropriate for our little Valentine.
It was a very quick trip but both Nora and I were thankful that we were able to help Maddie celebrate her first birthday and wished that her Grandpa and Uncle Topher had been able to come too. For even more info about this event Megan has a recent blog post about it too. 🙂
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