The Birthday Party

And finally, the last hoorah for Charlotte turning one… The Birthday Party!  You can’t ever say a Mellor doesn’t like a good party.  We partied in “Charlotte’s Web” style with our closest family, friends, and animals.  Thanks to everyone who was there to celebrate!  Now we can officially move on to toddlerhood.

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Charlotte’s birthday playlist:

She’s Mine, Brett Dennen

Something Like Olivia, John Mayer

You and I, Wilco

Half Moon, Blind Pilot

Howlin’ for You, The Black Keys

Ho Hey, The Lumineers

Queen of California, John Mayer

January Wedding, The Avett Brothers

Home, Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros

Keep It Loose, Keep It Tight, Amos Lee

It Don’t Matter, Donavon Frankenreiter

We are the Tide, Blind Pilot

Live And Die, The Avett Brothers

Sydney (I’ll Come Running), Brett Dennen

The Sweetest Thing, Camera Obscura

A Million Years, Alexander

The Twist, Frightened Rabbit

Everlasting Light, The Black Keys

Tell Me a Tale, Michael Kiwanuka

It’s Only A Lie, The Shins

Something Good This Way Comes, Jakob Dylan

Do You Love Me, Guster

February Seven, The Avett Brothers

For the Summer, Ray LaMontagne & The Pariah Dogs

Loving You, Paolo Nutini

Love, Matt White

Australia, The Shins

Lost in My Mind, The Head and the Heart

She Moves In Her Own Way, The Kooks

Everybody Knows, Ryan Adams

Why Do You Let Me Stay Here?, She & Him

Flowers in Your Hair, The Lumineers

Coming Up Easy, Paolo Nutini

40 Day Dream, Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros

Cabo – Charlotte’s First Birthday

Cabo seemed like just the place to celebrate all three of us making it through the first year!  Charlotte got the beach and we got a short flight, but pretty sure I would’ve gone anywhere to see that birthday girl in her bikini!  The trip was a total success except for Charlotte’s early wake up calls (thanks, Cakes, we really did want to see the sunrises in Cabo).  We had seven full days of family time to really soak in the last year and, after many tears, my heart is overfilled with joy and gratitude for this precious family of ours.  Cheers to the first year… and many more to come!

The Easter Bunny brought Charlotte to Cabo.

The Easter Bunny brought Charlotte to Cabo.

Can a girl get some service around here?!

Can a girl get some service around here?!

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She finds her puppy love wherever we go.

She finds her puppy love wherever we go.

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"Brown Bear, Brown Bear"

“Brown Bear, Brown Bear”

Date night.

Date night.

Making friends.

Making friends.

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Paddle boarding to The Arch.  Not as easy at it looks.

Paddle boarding to The Arch. Not as easy at it looks.

The mornings were unforgettable... even at 7 AM with Charlotte.

The mornings were unforgettable… even at 6 AM with Charlotte.

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Feeding fish with daddy.

Feeding fish with daddy.

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The birthday girl in her special birthday bikini.

The birthday girl in her special birthday bikini.

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Charlotte's celebration dinner.

Charlotte’s celebration dinner.

Wow, we made it a year?!

Wow, we made it a year?!

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Enjoying her cake!

Enjoying her cake!

Beautiful afternoon in San Jose.

Beautiful afternoon in San Jose.

Exceptional lunch at Flora Farms in San Jose.

Exceptional lunch at Flora Farms in San Jose.

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We can always find OUR puppy love.

We can always find OUR puppy love.

More Flora Farms.

Flora Farms market.

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My favorite John Mellor... Day six of vacation.

My favorite John Mellor… Day six of vacation.

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Goodbye Esperanza Resort.  Hope to be back soon!

Goodbye Cabo. Hope to be back soon!

Charlotte’s First Birthday!

Charlotte turned one today and I’m not sure how you even begin to put that into words.  The past 24 hours have been an emotional roller coaster for me as this big day approached.  I’m not sure if I should be crying because my sweet baby Charlotte is one or if I should be congratulating us on making it through the first year.  And so goes this bitter sweet thing called motherhood.

We got to spend the day with Charlotte in Cabo and reflect on the last year, which is way better than being in labor, right?!  I remember when we brought her home and sat her car-seat on the counter in the kitchen and thought, “ok, so now what?”.  We really had no idea what to expect.  I think I set my expectations low so I didn’t completely lose it as a mother.  Charlotte has been such a delight from that very first day we got to meet her and call her ours.   She had this pleasant, familiar disposition about her.  Of course I loved and adored her from the beginning, but I didn’t expect that I would just really *like* her.  I like her intensity which we like to call spicy.  I like her independence and fearlessness.  I like her sweet side when she gives hugs to Prissy, her bunny, a newborn calf, and basically any animal.  I like when she starts dancing when a Justin Beiber song comes on.  I like that she shakes her head at me and tells me no (don’t tell her I ever said that).  I like her smiling face at 7… or even 6:30 AM.  I like to hear her giggle and will stop at nothing to get it out of her (thank you, Prissy).  I like that she is a “tough sell” just like her father.  I like how she sings to herself in the morning after she wakes up and is hanging out in her crib.  I like how she smells when I pick her up.  I like how determined she is to put the cap back on her food bottle.  I like how she likes to blow bubbles in the water and thinks she should be able to jump into the water and swim. I like that she’s traveled 32,278 miles on Delta with me in her first year – NYC, Italy, Hawaii, Vegas, Playa del Carmen, and Cabo.  I guess I just really like to be with her.  It’s such a blessing to have another wonderful person in our life and I don’t take that for granted.  She’s such a sweet little girl and this first year has been a complete joy of understanding how life’s value can be so much more than yourself.  Thank you, Charlotte!  Happy first birthday!

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