Carma turned one over the weekend, which is obviously insanity - where did my baby go? Oh, here she is, probably wondering why we're rubber-banding her ear into an odd elfin shape:
We partied pretty hard on the big day, starting off with Jack AND Carma invading my bed and snuggling together. This was at like 5am, meaning Chuck was already gone to work for the day - couldn't they have rolled on over to his empty half? Maybe they wanted to ensure my night's sleep was as uncomfortable as last year, when I was huge and pregnant ;). After breakfast she had a bath and we took a picture to recreate our first meeting a year ago - her all slippery and swaddled and me with crazy hair. Next on the agenda was a fun birthday party for our friend Ashlynn, and then a trip to Costco, aka my happy place - even on a Saturday afternoon with four kids!
Then we came home and spent the afternoon in the front yard, aka Carma's happy place:
ESPECIALLY when she can sweet talk an older brother into pushing her around in the cozy coupe:
This girl is just hilarious, this is her patented karate chop/victory fist move. She does it with random intensity every so often and we all laugh and laugh.
Carma is still pretty into the crawling thing, although over the last few days she's started taking a couple steps here and there. The boys love watching and cheering for her :).
Carma inherited my love of Costco hot dogs and also apparently her random bangs are hereditary...
Chuck worked on Saturday (and I may have sneaked out to see a movie with friends right when he got home...) and Sunday (and had church meetings right when he got home...) but we finally got around to celebrating with cake last night as part of Family Home Evening. After a spirited brainstorming session, the boys and I decided on a sunshine cake because A) Carma loooves being outside. Open the door a sliver and she crawls quick as lightning to get there before it's closed! and B) she's such a fun ray of sunshine in our family.
We went around the table and all talked about why we love Carma and it was so sweet to hear what the boys had to say - how much they love snuggling with her and swinging her around and playing with her. Carma is a sweetheart and darling and fiesty (her new thing is screeching, so sincerest apologies to everyone at church, yikes) and if she'd start sleeping better at night and shake the rest of her lingering stranger anxiety, she would be absolutely perfect! We love you Carma June!!