It seems crazy to already be planning Avery's first birthday. I have a tendency to look for just about any excuse to play around in Photoshop, so I was not about to pass up an opportunity to design some invitations for my baby girl--even though the small handful of guests could have easily been notified via phone or email. What can I say? I like to waste time. I'm still trying to work out the details of the cake, but I think it's going to be really fun to make. I have two cakes under my belt so far--The Very Hungry Caterpillar and Blues Clues.
They really do take a lot of time, but it's definitely worth the effort (depending upon who you ask...Eric thinks I'm nuts) when you see the finished product.
The big question remaining is Will Avery be walking by her first birthday? My prediction just a month ago would have been absolutely not. But she has surprised us so much in just the past couple of weeks that I now feel it isn't as far from her reach as I first thought. She is quickly perfecting "the waddle" that may just have her toddling around in 4 weeks or less. Grandma and Papa Edgar shipped her a Shop N Go walker to help her get around, and it was a huge hit with both kids. In fact, I'm still in the midst of playing referee in an effort to prevent any knock down drag out fights between brother and sister. While Avery may be able to use the walker with incredible grace, the poor girl can't steer the thing to save her life! And boy...it makes her furious! Take a look.
(But hey, at least Elmo was having a good time!)
Avery is also becoming more verbal. She has added "bye-bye" (accompanied by a wave) to her vocabulary, and imitates animal sounds for cat and dog. She will also very excitedly dish out high fives. My baby girl is growing up!
Wine Selection: Louis M Martini Cabernet Sauvignon Personal Rating: ***Good*** Comments: This is a pleasant, fairly smooth cabernet with just a hint of spice. I think this wine is very, VERY, good! Well balanced.
My Wine Personality:
For the most part I’m a chardonnay, as I consider myself to exhibit a somewhat sunny and mellow disposition
(most of the time), but because I find a tremendous amount of joy out of showering my two kids with hugs and
kisses, I also possess the subtle sweetness often found in a riesling. But don’t be fooled. I love a great
outdoor adventure and am willing to try anything once. This occasional display of boldness is thought to match
that of a cabernet, whereas my appreciation for nature suggests that I have an earthy component to my personality—very
characteristic of a merlot.
“Wine rejoices the heart of man and joy is the mother of all virtues.” Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, 1771