My little girl turned one year old last week. I was still working on ideas for a first birthday party at that point, but I didn't let myself worry about it much that day. Andrew was able to come home from work a little early so that we could have a family celebration. Advance warning: this is one of those photo-heavy posts.
I don't really think that a one-year-old needs a lot of birthday gifts. We picked out a few new books for Adelaide - some BabyLit titles and Curious George at the Zoo. I won a blog giveaway earlier this year for a really sweet personalized book - My Royal Birthday Adventure from I See Me - that was perfect to give her. We each picked out a princess doll for her - Daddy chose Peach and I chose the Little Princess doll from NA Bear Company.
The new gifts were a big hit. She's in love with books right now - I think she would read all day long if she could. She also latched onto those baby dolls, especially Princess Peach.
We went on a late-afternoon adventure to the Kansas City Zoo. We have an annual pass and it is one of our favorite places to visit with the kids. There aren't a whole lot of exciting things to do for a one-year-old's birthday, but the zoo is an awesome choice.
Addie and Lincoln were both pretty excited to go see the animals.
We started off by checking out the brand new Penguin Plaza. We have been looking forward to this exhibit's opening all year!
I wasn't sure what I really expected, so to say I was wowed would be an understatement. The penguin exhibit was amazing. The kids were enthralled. When we went through the main entrance, we were able to walk right up to the glass and view the penguins just inches away. I've never been so close to one of these amazing creatures before!
The exhibit also features tropical fish and multiple viewing penguin viewing areas, at different levels of the building. The Penguin Plaza will most definitely be a stop we don't ever skip on future zoo trips. We loved it!
After the penguins, we headed off to Asia and Australia. Addie thoroughly enjoyed herself. She was so excited to see red pandas, tigers, small black monkeys and kangaroos. She also never let go of her Princess Peach, the whole trip.
She was, however, extremely terrified of the blow dryer in the restroom and the bleating of the sheep. We ran out of time and didn't get to visit the Discovery Barn or the carousel, but we'll make another trip sometime for that!
When we got home, I asked Andrew to make us a yummy Pinterest dinner using this recipe I found for Pumpkin Cinnamon Roll Pancakes. Sounds delicious, right?
You can't really tell in this photo, but our kitchen was filled up with smoke. Maybe we did something wrong, but it was a serious Pinterest fail. Our pumpkin pancakes turned out looking more like burnt chicken.
They didn't taste that great, either. Maybe we'll try again someday, but this was one of our biggest recipe fails ever.
I had planned to make a little cake for the occasion, but ran out of time so we stopped by a local bakery to get a cupcake for Miss Addie's birthday. She was so excited.
She didn't eat the whole thing, but she obviously enjoyed it. She shoved a lot of it into her mouth, then rubbed it all over her face and in her hair. The night ended with a bath and lots of nursing.
I think it was a pretty happy day for our little princess. I can't wait to share photos from her Owl birthday party. It was adorable!