Soon after Meg's birthday, we celebrated Baby Anne's first birthday. We have always kept first birthdays simple. After all, the child is not going to remember the day. With Anne's first birthday falling in the midst of Thanksgiving, we kept her birthday very simple. It was just our family, but since it was over the holiday, everyone was home. My husband was not at work. The older girls did not have school. We had a nice, quiet family day.
Anne opened her gifts in the morning with the help of her two older sisters. We had received several packages from grandparents as well as aunts and uncles over the previous week which we had put aside for the big day. The girls had a great deal of fun and Baby Anne even managed to tear off some wrapping paper from the presents herself.
It was a rainy/snowy day, so for lunch we went out as a family for pho (Vietnmese noodle soup). The hot soup tasted great on a cold day. Baby Anne enjoyed her feast, which consisted of a bowl of rice noodles. She loves rice noodles, but oh they are messy. Once she drops them on the floor or high chair, it is like they are pasted there.
When we returned home, it was cake making time. Just as with Meg's birthday, I gave Meg and Clare a lot of freedom in decorating. There were sprinkles everywhere! We placed one candle on the cake, which Meg and Clare helped Anne blow out. After that, Anne enjoyed her rather large slice of cake. All in all, it was a lovely day.