Sunday, May 23, 2010

Happy Birthday Matilda!

All week long, Nate and I have been reliving where we were one year ago. We tell Matilda how we, ok I, seriously thought that after 4 days past my due date, she was never coming. I tell her what we were thinking about and what we were hoping for and all of the things that consumed me while in labor. I tried to describe the way she looked when I first saw her, the tiny movements, her sounds, her glow.
And then I went on. And on. And even though she didn't understand me, she still listened.

We have enjoyed this last year so much. From our traveling adventures to the PNW and Florida, to our classes together where she has mastered her downward dog in yoga and kicks in swim class. Also completely content with our daily walk down the boulevard to the park where she could swing for days. Matilda is full of life and loves flashing her smile and signature wave to everyone we meet. Matilda makes our lives brighter and we cherish everyday we share with her.

This past Saturday, we celebrated her 1st Birthday with a small party in our backyard. She had so much fun and we'll always have wonderful memories of this day. Here are some pictures from her 1st Birthday Party!
















Thursday, May 20, 2010

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Anniversary Weekend in Naples

To celebrate our anniversary, Nate, Matilda and I headed down to beautiful Naples, Florida. As suspected, flying with Matilda has become a little bit more challenging as she has little interest in sitting still. She was a trooper and did great as we read all of her books, the skymall magazine, ate, and watched her world music dvd. We arrived around 8 pm and were greeted by the Nana and 80 degree temperatures!!!
Family pic taken at the J.N. Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge in Sanibel Island.


Nate and Matilda looking for birds and gators in the Mangroves.

Matilda waving at the fellow bird watchers. Me scratching my forehead. While there weren't as many birds as we remember seeing when we were here a couple of years ago, we did spot a gator!


The rest of the trip we pretty much stayed close to the pool and beach due to the HOT and humid 90+ temps. It forced us to relax and lounge...it was perfect!!!

Matilda loved sporting her shades. Way too cool!

We took many dips in the pool. Matilda has been going to swim lessons and now can go underwater...she just loves the water!

Just looking adorable...


We walked the beach a couple of times. Matilda loved the sand, water and all of the birds.

This was such a fun way to spend our anniversary! Nothing beats amazing weather, excellent seafood, and wonderful husband and daughter time!!!