Sunday, October 02, 2005

Nattie Turns 1

On Saturday, Tenley went to her first friend's birthday party! My friend Tracy (pictured above holding her daughter, the birthday girl) invited us over to see Natalie turn one and demolish a cake.

I can't believe it's been a year already! It seems like just yesterday I was talking to Tracy's belly and we were tossing names around. Now here are our girls already a year old. This was the first chance Tracy had to meet Tenley since she came home, so it was really fun for the girls to meet each other, and for us to compare notes since they're only 3 weeks apart in age. Natalie is already walking and says several words - of course she has the advantage of both her adoring mom and fabulous older sister Taylor to help her learn all those new skills!! She's also much bigger than Tenley- Ten is just starting to outgrow size 6 month clothes, and Nattie is already in 18 months! However, Tenley has more teeth and has more hair (finally) and has ditched the 2am bottle...which Nattie refuses to give up much to her mother's chagrin. But both girls are happy and healthy - and they'll get more teeth & hair and decide to walk and talk when it's their time.

The party was great: Tracy had yummy BBQ Beef (which Tenley devoured), lots of fruit coleslaw, chips and Tracy2 made cold gazpatcho soup which was all kinds of good. Nattie had a 2 tier green polka dot cake with Tinkerbell on it, and a mini version of it to destroy. There was the pool and the bounce house with a slide that all the kids couldn't get enough of.

Tracy & I threw the big kids out of the bounce house for a few minutes so we could take Ten & Nattie in. Nattie crawled around and finally went over to the mesh windows and mugged for the video camera. Tenley seemed really unsure of the whole thing. I held her and jumped with her, but I could tell by the way she was clinging to me that she was none too certain of her surroundings. She scratched on the floor and walls, and looked a trifle miffed when the rocking of the floor would knock her over. But I think she got the idea because she stood up and put a death grip on my shoulders and began bouncing up and down. Later the moms threw all the kids out and got in there and bounced around ourselves - that was fun...I haven't done that in a long time.

Anyway, we had a great time! I was glad that Tracy invited us, and Nattie & Tenley seemed to like each other - Nattie even shared her toys! I hope we get the girls together again soon, and I'm looking forward to many many more birthday parties (and bounce houses)!

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