We had both sides of the family over Saturday afternoon to celebrate Palmer's first birthday. We served sub sandwiches, chips, potato salad (provided by Grandma Nancy), pasta salad (from Aunt Sariah), green salad (from Aunt London), and jello salad (from Betty). We had a few birthday cakes, one being a cookie monster cake just for Palmer from his Aunt Andrea. We opened presents. Palmer received clothes, a chair, a mailbox, trucks, a train, books, bath toys, a baby puzzle, and a ball pit. The ball pit was from Greg and I and we were so excited to give it to him; we thought he'd love it. Sadly, he is absolutely terrified of it. He cries when it is close to him and crawls trembling into our arms. He also screams as it shakes when others get into it. Oh well, all the other kids loved it and hopefully he will warm up to it. He devoured his cake and was cover head to toe in blue icing. But isn't that what first birthday's are all about?
That evening we went to dinner at Buca di Beppo with our friends the Stewarts. The next day we invited a few families in the ward over to help eat the rest of the leftovers. We had fed 20 the day before and only ate half of the meal. After another 15 people Sunday we are still left with a whole lot of leftover salad.
We feel so blessed to have had Palmer in our lives for a whole year now. What a sweet and fun babe he is! We look forward to many, many more special days celebrating the birth of our wonderful little boy. Here is the video of Palmer's enjoying his birthday cake.