It all started out with a yummy pancake breakfast prepared by Daddy.
After a short nap Hudson was ready to make his grand entrance in the wagon he got from Grandpa and Grandma Ivie. Hudson LOVES balloons so he got lots of balloons to start the festivites. Tawni made him a darling party hat, and he actually kept in on for a few pictures before tearing it off.
Nate barbecued hamburgers, bratwursts, and hotdogs, and we had some delicious salads and side dishes for lunch which I totally missed taking pictures of. The weather was perfect for barbecuing and eating outside.
After lunch we decided to let Hudson get busy with his gifts since he had so many to open! Like I said lucky/loved/spoiled!!
After playing a little with his new toys which included a lawn mower, lots of books, a ride-on car, 2 shape sorters, a few trucks and balls, some clothes, and a dvd player for the car it was CAKE TIME!!!
Auntie Brittany made this ridiculously darling monkey cake for Hudson. I ALMOST hated to watch him destroy it because of all of her hard work making it so cute.
At first he wasn't sure what he was supposed to do with it so he was slowly picking at the frosting. Finally he dug in though and had a great time eating lots of sugar which made him thirsty so he stole a few sips of water from my mom.
After cake for Hudson and cupcakes for all of the guests it was time to swim. Hudson made a big escape when Nate was changing him into his swim diaper and board shorts and I couldn't resist the naked bum picture because of his cute tan lines!
Finally most everyone left and Hudson had fun showing off his new toys for his Mommy, Daddy, and grandparents. Grammy Houston decided he needed a snack so she put him in his high chair for some strawberries and blueberries. I guess all of the excitement of the day (combined with only taking a 1/2 hour nap all day) finally kicked in because within minutes he was zonked out!
Some of the things that make it fun to be one:
Walking and sometimes running
Lots of babbling that often sounds like Chinese
Saying a few words; bird, ball, balloon, thank you, dad, mom, and baby
Giving "loves" to everyone, especially Sadie
Making silly faces
Watching Baby Einstein while swinging
Escaping during diaper changes
Lots and lots of playing
Getting into things he shouldn't
Drumming on metal bowls with wooden spoons or wire whisks
Eating anything and everything...dirt, bugs, dog food....
Imitating the sounds of cars, snakes, and monkeys
Going crazy by shaking his head back and forth really fast
Flirting with girls of all ages
Happy happy birthday Hudson! We love you so so much. You are a great little boy. You bring so much happiness to your family! This first year with you has been quite and adventure as I'm sure the years to come will be. We are so lucky to be your parents. Everyday is a learning experience for you and it is amazing to watch you figure things out and gain your independence. Even though I always say you're growing up too fast it has been fun to see you go from a little infant into the silly toddler you are now, and I'm sure as you continue growing the fun will continue too!!