Saturday, April 30, 2011

Smooshfest 2011

All Charlie ~ All the time!
We had Charlie's Mickey Mouse birthday on Saturday the 23rd down in Winter Haven Florida ~ home of Jeremy's parents. It was a perfect day and a perfect place to have her first birthday.
Jeremy's parents, Chris and Richard are wonderful hosts and it was so good to be back in Florida. So good to see so much family and especially good to see my little Smoosh!
We had hot dogs and hamburgers on the grill, beautiful salad fixins, tons of fresh fruit (my favorite) and Julz and I brought fresh cinnamon raisin bread with brie spread on it. Everybody loved it.

In attendance were 3 grandmothers, 3 grandfathers and 3 great grandmothers along with various aunts, uncles, great aunts and great uncles.

We all got into the spirit of Mickey ~ some of us more than others. Julianne and I got Mickey mani/pedi's for the occasion.

And although this wasn't on purpose even Grampy had a little Mickey going on..

She had 2 birthday cakes. The big one made the trip with us from Wegman's grocery store in Virginia.

The little one was made by Chris just for her. I love the Mickey shaped cupcakes.

I think she had more fun feeding cake to mommy and daddy then she did eating it herself.

There were more presents than you can imagine... and she did really well being patient as each one was opened and then moved away for the next one.

I'm telling you, this little girl is set for clothes for a while. I'm just as guilty of this as the rest of them but I just can't resist the cute little girl clothes I see in the stores. Julianne and I also made her a scrapbook filled with pics of her first year. Of course, I didn't get any pics of that!

All in all she did really well being the center of attention. She already has so much personality. I hated having to share her with everyone but it was so good to see so much of my family that I have been missing.

Great Uncle Matt, his adorable girlfriend Karina, Charlie and Jen and Grampy in the background.

I apologize for this not being the clearest pic but I love the way she and her great grandmother (Patty) are looking at each other.

Here's me with my "little" brother/godson. Seems like just yesterday he was small enough for me to pick him up. Guess those days are over.

And speaking of growing, Patty was astonished to see that her grandson is now taller than she is.

All in all it was a wonderful day although at this point the day was only half over... but you'll have wait and see what the rest of the weekend brought!


CritterLady said...

It makes my heart happy to see pics of family gatherings. Those times are where we truly can find joy. Thanks for sharing, Barbara. Sounds like a wonderful time was had by all. :o)

Sandra :) said...

Happy times, happy times!!! Great family photographs - Miss Charlie is very very lucky to have so many people to love her and love ON her, lol!

APE said...

Happy birthday to Charlie! Looks like it was a wonderful celebration w/lots of family. Can't believe Nate is getting so tall... The only person missing in the pics is Miss J. :)
Have a great day, Barb!