I had a weekend of birthday celebrations, all for my grandson Leo, who turned one year old on Sunday. It was a bit of a project to get him to stay still long enough for a photo but with big brother Moose on the case, I managed to get one photo that wasn't blurry. But you can tell by the body language that Leo was not going to pose for long!
At his house in Pennsylvania, Leo had his first party with aunts, uncles, and cousins. He was most amused with the musical greeting card.
Mommy made his special shirt with the whale squirting the number one from his blowhole, appropriate since Leo is sometimes called "Squirt".
Mommy made a delicious spread for the party. Moose ate at least 6 of those hot dog bites!
And the homemade pumpkin cupcakes were delectable!
Leo really enjoyed the deviled eggs. His Daddy has a good aim. This could have been disastrous!
After everyone sang "Happy Birthday" Leo couldn't wait to dig in to his first taste ever of a real dessert. I'd say he got a good portion into his mouth too.
Then it was on to opening gifts. Big brother Moose helped when Leo had trouble with reading the cards.
Now if you've been following the blog for the last month or so, you have seen the progress on the sock blankie I was knitting for Leo. The time finally came for him to open the gift and I caught this expression as if he's saying, "It's my very first birthday and all I got was this blanket!"
But I know he'll love to cuddle with it when the weather cools down a bit.
While still in Pennsylvania we had the chance to visit Dino Don's Dinosaurium. It's in the Granite Run Mall and it's really cute. We started out watching a short video on evolution and creation. It must have been real interesting to keep Moose's rapt attention like that.
As we moved on we saw big, noisy dinosaurs...
and even had the chance to take target practice on some. Check out the fancy shooting on Moose!
And you can't go to Dino Don's without the scary photo op!
Leo was content to play with the dinosaur puzzles...
And practice his walking skills
While on the fossil dig Moose found some large and small bones and a few fossils to keep. Maybe the next Dr. Alan Grant?
Another cute feature at Dino Don's was the dress-up box. There were roars and growls everywhere!
On Saturday the boys and their parents came up to New York for a few days at my house and we celebrated Leo's actual birthday with a peanut butter ice cream cake.
It was also Leo's first time to taste ice cream.
He knew exactly what to do with it!
On Monday afternoon Moose went to visit the Giant's Training Camp on the SUNY campus in Albany. Can you guess who his favorite quarterback is?
And there's Eli on the left in the red jersey. It wasn't easy getting his picture. He didn't stand still long enough!
That's all the family news for now except a preview of what we did yesterday. Can you guess?
Amanda visited bearing donations for our Chicks' current project. She designed this beautiful cabled cowl and when she's not too busy with the two boys she might even get to write the pattern down and sell it on Ravelry. The buttons were from my grandmother's button box from when I was a child. They matched the yarn beautifully!
She also designed and knitted this hat and scarf set to donate. Isn't she beautiful?!
I put the Wingspan aside for awhile and started the ABABA scarf, a free pattern on Ravelry.
I'm using Mini Mochi yarn from Crystal Palace and LOVING the colors!
Carole made lots of progress on her shawl that she started last week.
And Amanda started another scarf for us. I'm going to have to put her name in the roster too. She's been as productive as any of the rest of us!
Since Maureen finished the yellow blanket she was surfing the internet for new patterns and discussing it with Beth but just couldn't find the right one. Sometimes you just have to take a rest from knitting.
Just not too long a rest!
Make sure you come back next week so you can see what else Moose and his Uncle Drew did this week.