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
“Bye Bye Seattle”
Looking out the window
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
“Mama… can we live at the beach?”
A boy and his pail
Drew is ready to dive right in!
The intrigue of seaweed
“Let’s go back in the waves!”
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)
Drew posing with his “It’s My Birthday” and “My First Disneyland Visit” buttons.
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?)
He LOVED meeting the characters – giant stuffed animals!!
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.”
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.
“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.
His Royal Cuteness
The Royal Court of Princesses
Drew and Molly – best of buds.
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 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.)
Drew and his ladies in waiting
Drew holds court with his people
Proud Mommies with their Prince Charming
Drew is telling Pearl a super looong story – she’s being such a sport!
Drew and Hope playing tag
What will the next year bring?