Monday, July 2, 2012

Birthday Party!

It's kind of hard to believe, but one year ago yesterday Lillian came into the world. We didn't expect her so soon (she was two months early [1]), but we're so glad to have her. On Saturday she had a birthday party with the Crook side of the family (her party with the Martin side is coming up later). Most of her aunts, uncles, and cousins, along with her grandparents came down from the north end of Utah for the party. (Not shown: her Aunt Melissa and her cousin Katie were sitting behind me when I shot this picture.)

Leann made a special birthday cake just for Lilli. It was a white cake decorated with flowers made out of strawberry frosting and whipped ganache. And the guests got cupcakes made roughly the same way.[1] There was also a vegetable tray, watermelon, and pink lemonade.

This dress was supposed to be one of Lilli's presents, but Leann liked it so much that she put it on Lilli early. So it was a party dress. It came off before we gave Lilli any cake.

It's a good thing, too, because she made a mess! Here's Lilli 'eating' her cake. I put it in quotes because very little of it ended up in her mouth compared to everywhere else it ended up. (Be warned that the movies are kind of long.)

She was so dirty she had to take a bath before opening presents. Don't worry—that's just chocolate in the water.

For her birthday she got a doll, some Dr. Seuss books, a See 'n Say, bubbles, a book about Jesus that she can read at church, wooden blocks, a purse, two crisp $2 bills (from her recently-departed Great Grandma Mary), and a bouncy ball. She also got a helium balloon (despite the national helium shortage [2]), but I didn't get any photos of it.

She had a lot of fun chasing and getting chased by her uncle Nathan and her cousin Josie.

And let's not forget Lilli's lilies!


[1] See my post Unexpected Delivery.

[2] You can see the recipe for the frostings at her sister's blog, here, and the recipe for the cake, here.

[3] See

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