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June, 2013:

Celebrating 7 One-Year-Old Birthdays!

In birth order: Nolan, Hannah, Austin, Cooper, Jack, Luca and Madeleine

What a celebration! We got together as a PEPS family to celebrate the big first birthday milestone. Thanks to Erin’s great ROYGBIV idea (indigo was later substituted for pink due to the closeness in color to violet), we had a rainbow themed party. We made the kids matching shirts and then had a specific colored balloon and smash cake based on their birth order, Cooper is smack in the middle with the color yellow. Amanda did an over-the-top job hosting the party with so many crafty details highlighting our rainbow theme, it was incredible.

Patel, Cavanah, Kochman, Sadlier, Elliot, Selem and Williamson families

I am reminded every week just how fortunate we are to have met such incredible families through our baby group. Evantide Photography captured this special day for us including these great group pictures and then some family pictures.

Smash cake time

One of the cutest pictures of the day came when Cooper decided he should put his finger in his friend Austin’s mouth. He second guessed this idea when Austin bit him, poor guy.

Cooper putting his finger in Austin’s mouth

   

After Austin bit his finger

Here are a few of our favorite family pictures from the day, you can find all of the professional Evantide Photography and our personal pictures here.

Our Family

Daddy and a clapping Cooper

Cooper and Mama

Cooper and his amazing pouty eyebrows

Welcome Home Daddy!

At the airport

We survived the 9 days, but it is so wonderful to have Daddy back home again! One of my favorite videos from Rob’s trip was of him and Cooper Skyping, it is so great how technology keeps you connected even at such a young age. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TBH05fdjRdM That evening we got a babysitter and Rob and I headed to the Steve Miller concert to help him try to stay awake and adjust back to this time zone. He was a trooper! See Cooper, your parents are super cool 😉

Brad Miller (no relation to Steve), Kelly and Rob

Meeting New Friends

Luckily slides don’t seem to scare Cooper like swings do

One of the biggest benefits of staying home with Cooper is having so much time together to explore and meet new people during the day. Today we headed to Bothell Landing park to meet my friend Theresa, from high school, and her 3 kids. Her youngest son is 3 months older than Cooper and running around and climbing on everything. I think Cooper was inspired as he used his newer knee crawling skills to bolt off the blanket and explore the grassy area near a park bench.

Kelly, Cooper, Michael, Caitlyn,Theresa and Henry

Just the kids and you can see Cooper is starting to get some better balance standing now.

Cooper, Michael, Henry and Caitlyn