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Happy First Birthday Celia Claire

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Celia’s very first birthday is actually today but she came early to visit us and we spent 3 days having fun with her.  Here are some of the seriously too many pictures taken of our darling grandaughter. 

For Christmas Grandpa and I got Celia her very own Pooh bear and she brought him with her along with her sweet Mama of course.



She’s such a happy and busy baby, crawling all over, investigating everything and pulling herself up to see what she can find in every corner.



We’ve learned the purpose of grandparents is to spoil grandchildren.  My friends have been telling me this for years. So of course there are too many presents for this cutie.  But we don’t do them all on one day.  Only one bag or box per day.

Celia takes this job of her first birthday bag very seriously.


Although when she finds the hat, she tosses it aside and keeps looking.



Mom plops it on her head anyway.




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Here’s what Celia finds, those classic stacking rings.  Carrie had a set of these when she was one, I think I might even have had a set.  Did you??  She starts figuring it out right away.



Later, Carrie has arranged to have lunch with two of her high school friends and they chat while Celia crawls and entertains.





And boy does she entertain. Click here to take a look.  There are 3 short videos in this post and they are all better if you make them full screen. Sure wish I could figure this video thing out.  Now you may have to hit the back button after the video to go back to the post.  SIGH….

Anyway Celia is definitely a busy busy chatty girl.



Nothing like having a mother and two aunties to get you set in your stroller for a walk over to one of Carrie’s favorite lunch spots, Bodo’s bagels.  Of course I totally forget to take any pictures of our lunch.




But I do get these afterward.  She’s a happy baby at the bookshelf.  A birthday elf told Nana that Celia loves books and needed hats.





How about those cute teeth?  She has two uppers as well.



Next day there’s a visit to the park. where Celia and her mom play on the swings and the slide.   Aren’t these just the greatest swings for little ones? 







Looks like we wore her out.



Sweet baby!


Short nap.  Grandma puts one of Celia’s new hats on Pooh.  Celia is non plussed.

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The next day for lunch she gets to try out her mama’s high chair in the company of her Grandpa’s Polar Bear straight from his trip to Churchill Manatoba to see the real Polar Bears while we still can.  Sure hope there will still be ice and glaciers and polar bears for her to visit and take her children.




It’s day 2 and more presents.  More hats. 



And books including Giraffe’s Can’t Dance which is a great one she’s looking at.






She particularly likes the large and low Victorian windows in the farm’s living room bay.  They are just perfect for her to walk herself around and look out.


Her mama plops her latest hat on her head before going outside.



Outside she’s interested in her Mama’s Strawberry Shortcake clothes which have been packed away in a Strawberry Shortcake tin for a LONG time.  Perfect for little hands.  Grandpa supervises.


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Where did Granpa go?  What is he doing now? 


Few things cuter than Celia in the buttercups.



Grandpa left a whole patch just for her.  Oh the wonder!



There are even more things to investigate and find out about outside.


Next visit, she’ll be running around.



Celia tries her hand at the piano.  Wish we had video’d this.



Someone is getting tired.  Well actually maybe two girls are getting tired.




Everything fun doesn’t have to be a toy, the old cast irons used as doorstops will do.



And so will all the jars and baskets on the canning shelf.





Oh my, playing is hard work.




Grandpa is looking at the camera but Celia wants to turn his attention to something else.  Finger pointing and clapping are big behaviors this visit.



She looks pretty cute in Grandpa’s hat as well.   She may like it better than any of hers.



She and Granpa play with her Mama’s wooden blocks.  First they are building.  Then she’s practicing her throw.   Short video of the game of catch is here.



It is an absolutely beautiful day at the farm so a walk up the farm lane through the woods and down the farm lane by the fields is in order.







In the evening, they get to see lovely clouds over the Blue Ridge Mountains from the backyard of the farm.  They will be leaving tomorrow.   Boo Hoo!



All good things must come to an end and on their last morning we go out to breakfast at the Tip Top Breakfast Diner where Celia tries chocolate chip pancakes.  YUM!!




Then it’s time to open one last present. 



As she and I open the present, she has her own ideas of what to do with the books and things in this box.  To see the short video, click here.



They are our girls and we love them more than words can ever tell.





Many Many more HAPPY HAPPY BIRTHDAYS Celia Claire!!


  1. This is the BEST blog :) Love the videos and all the pictures - so nice to relive a wonderful weekend. I cannot believe my precious baby girl is already 1. Thanks for memorializing part of her birthday celebrations so well. Love to you, Nana! Celia loved the blog too!!

  2. So wonderful to see your sweet granddaughter and daughter having a lovely time with you. Also wonderful to see some interior spaces of your beautiful farm house and pathways on the farm. Love it.

  3. What a great keepsake post for Carrie!! Celia is adorable:) What a cute smile! How wonderful to get three days with your girls all to yourselves! Thanks for sharing!

  4. Wow! I can't believe Celia is one already. She is sooo adorable and her shirt is perfect, Totally Lovable. Grandkids are such a wonderful blessing, they are so much fun to be with. Looks like you've already taught her the wonders of nature as she discovers those lovely buttercups. Won't be long before you show her the fun of kayaking. :c)

  5. Absolutely love the videos and pictures of Celia. How time flies! So cool to get her one of those ring stackers, didn't know they still made them! So simple, but hours of fun :)
    You guys look terrific!

  6. Sweet Celia is just adorable...Oh Carrie's adorable also;o)) They really look alike. In the 10th photo, the one with Celia showing off her new teeth, there is a photo in the background which I'm guessing is Carrie... it could be Celia in a few years!!! Don't normally watch videos because of our gig limits, but made an exception and sure enjoyed the video of Celia entertaining all you adults!!! Time flies so soak in all these early years!!!

  7. The videos were fun. She is quite vocal! And such a cutie.

  8. Beautiful family and beautiful home, thanks for sharing Celia's first Birthday. She is a lucky little girl to have the family she has. Wish her a great year.

  9. What a darling little girl. Glad you had her for a while to celebrate her 1st birthday. I love the toothy smiles!

  10. They do grow so fast, way to fast. Such a sweet baby and a wonderful age to enjoy.

  11. She's such a cutie!! Wonderful that you have the time to spend with her!

  12. What a delightful blog post! Celia is just adorable but then you knew that!! Love all those hats and she is precious in every one of them!!

  13. For only being one year old, and how did that year go by so fast, Celia sure has a lot to say. I sure do like playgrounds but have never seen a great swing like that. Celia in the buttercups is absolutely priceless. Your documentation of this visit is also priceless. Carrie just glows. You are very lucky grandparents.
    I too hope our lands and animals are still around for this inquisitive little girl and many generations beyond.

  14. Love her singing video! She does look cute in the buttercups. David did the exact right thing with her playing in the blocks. He followed her lead. Good job, Grandpa! Happy Birthday Celia!

  15. Fantastic post in honor of Celia's 1st year and their visit with us! So much fun & so happy Carrie & Matthew got such a darling, so they now can appreciate how and why we love our daughter so, & always will. When you asked if we had stacking rings when we were kids, I thought I probably predated Fisher-Price, but Google says no, FP was founded in 1930, and I also learned that the stacking rings toy was introduced in 1960. How did we ever deal with all those unanswered questions before Google?

  16. Celia is adorable, and seems to have a personality to match! How fun that you had those sweet days together -- these are memories to cherish. You're right, by next visit she'll be running around. Glad you're taking your job of spoiling her seriously. She has a lot of hats now, but I think she needs her own beret like Grandpa's. :-))

  17. Aww, what a cutie! happy birthday to the little girl who is the apple of everyone's eye including us in blogosphere. I love that photo of her with the buttercups. What else can grandma do to their one and only granddaughter? spoil them with presents of course.

  18. Celia and Carrie are both just adorable. What a wonderful visit for all of you. Just too hard to find a favorite pic, they're all so cute. Also love getting to see more of the farmhouse - such a wonderful home. What a treat for Carrie to have her daughter get to play with and use the things she did as a baby :-) Yes, I had the stacking rings and so did my boys.

  19. Are you okay? It's not like you to be silent so long.


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