Drew’s First Birthday

First Birthday Deserves a First Vacation

For Drew’s first birthday we wanted to celebrate in a big way, so we packed our bags for sunny Southern California and Disneyland. Some of you may think we are crazy to take a trip with a one year old, and you are probably right. However, who wouldn’t want to see your little one light up when meeting Mickey Mouse?

This first year has been amazing and some of the hardest work imaginable. Who knew that such a little bundle required such non-stop attention?  Even with all the late nights, endless rocking, and stress, we wouldn’t change one minute and are so thankful to have Drew in our lives.  He brings us endless joy, laughs and insight.  What follows are many pictures from his first birthday celebration.  Sorry if there are too many, but how can you choose from nearly 2000 pictures? (That’s not an exaggeration.  It’s further evidence that we are indeed crazy about our son).

Born to Explore

Born to Explore

Bye Bye Seattle

“Bye Bye Seattle”

Looking out the window.

Looking out the window

He slept almost the whole flight! (Both ways!)

He slept almost the entire flight! (Both ways!)

The Beach is Aaaamazing!

We spent the first two days of our vacation at the beach. Drew really loved the sand and the water. And loved having his legs get splashed by the waves. In fact, one really big wave came up and totally soaked us – while I was upset that my shorts were now soaked, Drew just squealed with delight.

The Rolph Family Legs

The Rolph Family Legs

"Mama... can we live at the beach?"

“Mama… can we live at the beach?”

A boy and his bucket

A boy and his pail

Drew is ready to dive right in!

Drew is ready to dive right in!

Mommy! What's that!?

The intrigue of seaweed

Look over there, more sand!

“Let’s go back in the waves!”

Waa Hoo!

“Waah Hoo!”

Seconds later there would be only a pile of sand...

Seconds later there would be only a pile of sand…

Disneyland Here we Come!

For all those who think babies wouldn’t enjoy Disneyland, let us tell you, they do. From It’s a Small World to meeting Disney characters, Drew was enchanted.  The two days we spent there were totally exhausting, but also so much fun.  What a memorable way to spend his first birthday.

Entering Disneyland.  (He's our little Simba - cue Lion King opening music now)

Entering Disneyland. (He’s our little Simba – cue Lion King opening music now)

Drew posing with his "It's My Birthday" and "My First Disneyland Visit" buttons.

Drew posing with his “It’s My Birthday” and “My First Disneyland Visit” buttons.

Drew inspecting the entrance to Winnie the Pooh's ride.

Drew inspecting the entrance to his first ride.  He seems intrigued.

It's a Small World was his favorite ride.  Here he is excited to enter, and sad/confused about leaving.  (Why would we leave such a magical place?)

It’s a Small World was his favorite ride. Here he is excited to enter, and sad/confused about leaving. (Why would we leave such a magical place?)

He LOVED meeting the characters - giant stuffed animals!!

He LOVED meeting the characters – giant stuffed animals!!

Mickey Ears!!

Mickey Ears!!

Drew was excited about the cake in the hotel on his birthday - not so excited about the bite we gave him.  What kid doesn't love cake!?!

Drew was excited about the cake in the hotel on his birthday – not so thrilled about the bite we gave him. (What kid doesn’t love cake!?!)

Entering Disneyland the second day.  "I can walk in on my own, Mommy."

Entering Disneyland the second day. “I can walk in on my own, Mommy.”

Drew pretending to be Indiana Jones while waiting for Mommy to return from riding the Indiana Jones ride.

Drew pretending to be Indiana Jones while waiting for Mommy to return from riding the Indiana Jones ride.

The Rolph family with their new dog.

The Rolph family with their new dog.

"Mama, I think I'm going to pull up Excalibur!"

“Mama, I think I’m going to pull up Excalibur!”

Back Home – 1st Birthday Party!

Even though we celebrated on vacation, we still wanted to have a party at home – more celebration is always fun.  His party’s theme was Royal – he is our little prince after all.

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His Royal Cuteness

His Royal Cuteness

The Royal Court of Princesses

The Royal Court of Princesses

Drew and Molly - best of buds.

Drew and Molly – best of buds.

Drew looks excited for cake, but really it's the candle that's getting that smile

Drew looks excited for cake, but really it’s the candle that’s getting that smile

"I'm not so sure about this thing called cake."

“I’m not so sure about this thing called cake.”

"I guess I'll touch it"

“I guess I’ll touch it”

This is the extent of the damage to Drew's "smash" cake.  Oh, and that spot you see?  That's where Mama took a spoonful out for Drew.  He didn't want it.

This is the extent of the damage to Drew’s “smash” cake. Oh, and that spot you see? That’s where Mama took a spoonful out for Drew. (He didn’t want it.)

Drew and his girls.

Drew and his ladies in waiting

The whole entourage.

Drew holds court with his people

Proud Mommies with their Prince Charming.

Proud Mommies with their Prince Charming

Drew is telling Pearl a super boring story - she's being such a sport!

Drew is telling Pearl a super looong story – she’s being such a sport!

Drew and Hope playing tag.

Drew and Hope playing tag

What will the next year bring?

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Spring Joy

Spring has been especially fun this year. We are so grateful for Drew’s smile and the amazing sunshine.

I love Easter!

I love Easter!

Easter Bunny

Drew was in love with the Easter Bunny.  Disneyland characters here we come…

Yay

Strutting his stuff.

Hee hee

This stick is hilarious.

Eggs

Eggs, interesting.

Cousins

Pearl,  Hope and  Drew finding Easter eggs.

Babies

“Hey Eden, I think we found the biggest egg of all.”

Mommy

Mommy’s little bunny.

Mama

Mama and Drew enjoying the beach.



One small step for baby-kind

Drew has started his journey as a walker.  He really got going on Ashley’s birthday with his attempts at walking and just keeps getting better every day.  It’s so fun to see him grow and develop!

What a difference 6 months makes!

Drew celebrating Mama’s birthday at 4 months and Mommy’s birthday at 10 months. What a difference 6 months makes!

First carousel ride!

First carousel ride!  Always up for new experiences.

Fun at the zoo - we got an annual pass!

Fun at the zoo – we got an annual pass!

St Paddy's Day charmer

St Paddy’s Day charmer

Mommy is so fun

Yes Drew, the lamp is beautiful (for the 100th time today.)

My top front teeth are coming in - gimme popsicle!

My top front teeth are coming in – gimme popsicle!

Cutie pie

Cutie pie

We love him so much

Mr. Creamy Dreamy



Happy ❤ Day!

Happy Valentine’s Day! We can’t even express how much we love this little guy. It seems impossible that just nine months ago we brought home a little baby that couldn’t even focus on us, and now we have a baby on the verge of walking…we are so proud of him.

Ready for Valentine's day!

Ready for Valentine’s day!

So smiley!

So smiley!

"Pick me up!"

“Pick me up!”

"I wanna play outside!"

“I wanna play outside!”

Drew gets in last minute play after bath, before bed.

Drew gets in last minute play after bath, before bed.

"Balloon, prepare for a smooch."

“Balloon, prepare for a smooch.”

Happy Valentine's Day!

Happy Valentine’s Day!

 







Dear Santa… let’s hang out sometime

Drew met with Santa and, despite our worries of tears, he was enchanted. There were multiple good pictures of Drew reaching up for Santa’s beard, but we went with one of the smiling ones.  And, while he asked for his two front teeth, Santa might not be quite magical enough to deliver such a big request. Really, that is more the domain of the Tooth Fairy anyway.

 

xmas-2014





Dress Rehearsal

We just couldn’t decide what to dress Drew as for Halloween, so we kind of went overboard. With the exception of three costumes, all were just put together with things around the house. We have our personal favorites, but would love to know what costume you like best. As insane as it seems, we still have one last costume, so you will have to check back here later to see what he really went as for the big day.

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