We returned from the farm on the 26th and began a whirl-wind bout of house cleaning, laundry, shopping, and cooking for Chiara's birthday party. The guests who arrived on time and early we put to work cutting vegetables and icing the cake and really appreciated the help. Given Chiara's love of puppies and the word puppy that was the party theme. We had a tremendous turn-out but missed the Levines who weren't able to come this time. We know they regretted it and know they'll be with us for more celebrations.
Leah, Asher, Molly, and Keegan work on their puppy puppets (say that 3 times fast). It's possible that here Asher is working on Molly's puppet but we got him working on his own pretty quickly.
Chiara is playing with a musical birthday card.
Kaya played with the cars in the front room for a long time and really enjoyed the riding moose:
We all sang and Rachel, Chiara, and Molly blew out the candle. And our little shy-girl had no problem with all the people singing or talking to her. Yay!
Her first foray into cake was less enthusiastic than some babies I've seen but more enthusiastic than some (including Asher):
I think he's acquired a taste for it now.
Chiara in her party hat!
Happy Birthday, Chiara!