Birthday Bash!

OK, I'll admit it. She actually had three birthday parties. But you only turn one once, right?

Ophelia turned the big ONE on Tuesday, July 8th. We had a relatively quiet day at home with just Jim and Ophelia and myself. Eating, playing, a trip to the grocery store, and CUPCAKES!! Ophelia's first chocolate was a lovely choco cupcake from the new fancy shmancy grocery store that is near our neighborhood. Her eyes lit right up when we brought it out. Here is the video of her very first "Happy Birthday". Yes, I saved the candle.

After all the buildup, here is Miss O actually eating her very first Birthday cupcake:

Wonderful presents and goodies continued to arrive all week long, beginning with the awesome sun shelter that BeBa (my mom) and PaPa (my dad) sent. Next came the Ball Popper from BeBa and PaPa - this one is still a bit scary so we have it in reserve for when she is a bit more daring. Then the pool arrived (all right BeBa, I think that's plenty for now!!). Jim and I got her some essentials for eating (new bowls and spoons) and a big box of Baby Lego's, which she seems to like pretty well. Her Aunt Gretchen sent another awesome CD - This one is "For The Kids Three". Jim's Aunt Sandy and Uncle Frank from Florida sent her a couple of cute shirts from Everglades City. Grandma Sue and Grandpa Tom sent $$ for the new big girl car seat, which is so awesome and actually looks comfortable. Extra bonus is that this one will last until she no longer needs a car seat at all. Grandma Tammy and Grandpa Jeff sent a huge bag of goodies from Texas, including super cute outfits and bath toys!

Then on Friday, the best present of all arrived: BeBa and PaPa!! YAY! Well, it took Ophelia a few days to really warm up to them, but for me it was immediately a big YAY!! Of course, we immediately had to start preparing for Ophelia's Big Birthday Bash - the one with actual people besides her parents at it. Dad and I went shopping and got all the food and booze for the party, came home, and cooked a big BBQ dinner (chicken and vege skewers and roasted potatoes, yum). Then mom and I stayed up late making about 50 cupcakes for the party.

Saturday was a pretty big day. Our friend Charley from Seattle was in Montana visiting his PaPa and was able to come over for the morning and have a late breakfast and hang for a while. My friend Terri also stopped by before the party to see the new house and drop off a gift.

The party was fun. Not all of the people that were invited actually came, but all in all it was a good party. We had burgers and dogs, pasta salad, green salad, chips and dips, and cupcakes! Ophelia held up rather well and seemed to enjoy opening her presents. The ribbons were the bestest part!

After the presents is was cupcake time. Another round of Happy Birthday was followed by a yellow cupcake. And then a chocolate one too. We overloaded on that for sure!! But all in all, it was a great birthday party day!

The third birthday bash was a week later in Casper. After spending a lovely week with my parents and doing lots of projects and junk, we all headed down to Casper to stay with Jim's mom and go to the annual Beartrap Bluegrass Festival. We arrived with the guest of honor on Friday and after a short dinner and some MORE cake, we sent her to bed and let mommy open all of her presents! We let her rummage through the whole pile of goodies the next morning.

Now that all the parties are over, it's kind of nice to be back home with nothing crazy going on. She's still sleeping at night, thank goodness, and eating like a little garbage disposal, so we didn't ruin her with all the goodies and excitement!

Look for Month 12 Photos that include all of the birthday pictures from the first two parties, as well as some house photos, and reporting on the Storm of the Summer - coming soon!

Loves - Heidi

Big Girl Bath Tub

Another brag to share...Ophelia is now taking baths in the big girl tub. Mommy just had to go and make her new bathroom all "fun little girl", so there are duckies everywhere in there now.

Jim and I are slowing down on the moving in process. We are both just pooped out at this point. There is not too much left to do at this point - a bit of unpacking and arranging in Ophelia's room and some unpacking of master closet stuff. And then we can tackle the garage. It is mostly empty boxes that need to go in the crawl space. Then we can organize what's left that stays in the garage. We'll definitely be done by Friday when I expect my parents to arrive from New York. They left on Saturday morning and are road tripping their way across the country to visit for a week. Can't wait to see them!

Ophelia's birthday is tomorrow! I can't believe it's been a year already. A year ago today I was in hospital on my 8th day of pre-term labor. Tomorrow we go to get weighed and measured and our well baby check up is in a couple of weeks. We are having a birthday BBQ for her on Saturday the 12th in the afternoon. My parents will be here, of course, and Jim's sister is coming up from Jackson Hole with her husband. And we are having a bunch of our friends over as well. Our friend Charley will be in Montana that week as well and he may be able to come over for a while too. Should be a fun afternoon.

I posted a few more photo albums today: go check out Month 10 and Month 11 links. Going to work on an album of house pictures so you can see our new pad too! Here is a shot of Miss O 'helping' her daddy unpack th CDs.

Wireless Baby!!

Interpret that how you wish...not only have I upgraded to a wireless internet connection in my home (it's SO sweet!!), but the baby is now wireless as well. Fully crawling, scooting, and cruising on all surfaces, she has gone solo and is becoming more and more independent. The biggest independent move of the week has been...wait for it....wait for it....yes, she is sleeping in her own crib. Yes sleeping. No more meditating at naps. And no more sleeping in mommy and daddy's bed at night. First night in the crib she slept until about 3 am when mommy freaked out and ran to check on her, thus waking her up prematurely. Second night I was much quieter when I freaked out, and she slept THE WHOLE NIGHT!!! 7 pm to 6:30 am. Third night she slept from 7:30 pm to 6:30 am. Looks like we have finally done it! We mastered the sleep demons and now I may just stay sane for a while longer.

We also have moving news. WE MOVED!!!

Friday morning, June 27th, 2008, I went to the Title Company and signed the closing documents for both buying our new home and selling the old. At 4 pm that same day I got the keys to the new house and brought over the first load of stuff: New blinds and new drapery rods that I ran out and bought right after closing. We picked up the moving truck that evening and I stayed up until 3 am loading it with as many boxes as I could get in there. People started showing up around 8:30 on Saturday morning to help me get the whole shebang moved out and over to the new house. It took 2 completely full truck loads and 2 partial truck loads to get it all here. Our friends Brian, Tom, Adam, Kim, Lila, and Morgen all helped and we were all done by about 2:30 pm when we brought the moving truck back to the office. I took Kim out to dinner (I offered to everyone, but they all declined for some reason) and when we got back to the house I managed to get both myself and the baby bathed and jammied, got some sheets on our bed and put Ophelia to sleep, went and met my neighbors and had a beer with them. On Sunday we got shower curtain rods hung and a few things unpacked and shifted about so Miss O and I could at least function a bit in between all the stacks and stuff. Jim got home from his school trip at about 6:30 pm. After food and baths, we all crashed early as we were thoroughly exhausted.

And now the real fun begins...Monday was unpacking day as well as landscaping day, cable guy day, washer and dryer delivery day, and fence building day. Have no fear: while it may seem to some of you that I try to do too much on my own, I do know my limits when it comes to big projects. We had landscapers installing the sprinkler system and getting the lot ready to lay sod, the cable guy did the phone, internet, and cable stuff, the Lowe's team of experts delivered and installed the washer and dryer, and the fence contractor did the fence building. We got the kitchen mostly unpacked and the free form unpacking began in earnest. On Tuesday the sod was delivered and Jim and I spent all day installing our new sod while the fence team worked around us. We worked from 7:30 am to 10:30 pm to lay 5,250 square feet of beautiful new green grass. (Well, only 5,100 square feet actually - we had 150 left over that we gave to our neighbor who needed just exactly that much). Wednesday both Jim and I were so sore that it was hard to function properly, but we managed to get more unpacking done, got some shopping done (new dressers for our bedroom), and figured out how to work the sprinkler system so we wouldn't have to water it all manually. Thursday was more unpacking and yet more shopping (bookcases and drill bits and night lights, oh my!!) and we assembled all of our furniture. We are finally making a dent! Today I finally tackled getting the wireless going and here I am!!

Tonight our neighbors are throwing a party for the 4th and I expect it to be a big hoopla of sorts. All the neighbors are invited and it is supposed to be the first annual 4th of July block party for this neighborhood. The neighbors are real nice so far: right next door is recent divorcee Jeremy and his cousin Jeff, both of whom are contractors. Next to them is Greg the realtor and his wife Lindsey the elementary teacher in training. Greg's sister and her husband live next to them, but I haven't met them yet. To my other side is Alice, who sells tupperware and is trying to sell the house. She has a 2 year old grand daughter Olivia who stays with her during the day. Across the street is Kelly and Kelley - another young couple with a dog.

Well, that's all for now. I have to go bake brownies for the party tonight and I hear Ophelia has woken from her nippy nap. More to come when I get a moment to download the most recent photos!!

Love, Heidi


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