Thursday, July 28, 2011

One year ago today...(sigh)

Recognizing Daisy has just about become the invisible third member of my blog team (in photographic representation, that is), it seems only right to make this post an ode to her.  Seriously, I don't think babies could get easier than my little tater tot.  Just give her regular meals and naps, and my girl will self-entertain in between those times for hours, and do the dishes, take out the trash, dust the bookshelves and sweep the kitchen. Har har. But seriously, we're truly greatful.  And part of the reason she's rarely seen (I mean, it's been a whole year and I haven't even updated my profile pic) is that she sleeps so dang much.  But, as we all know,  it's about give and take, so she'll give me that but most likely eventually take in another way.  Parenthood seems to work like that.  I'm buckled up, helmet on, and ready for the next phase.

So, let's just recall what my baby girl looked like one year ago today, fresh out of the birth canal...

And here she is on her first birthday...

I guess that's a little pose kind of thing she's got goin' on. We got in to the birthday spirit two days ago when Jack DIY'd a card for her.  Some might prefer their name in neon baby girl would opt for cheerios, of course.  And aren't homemade cards just the best?

Here she is going to bed for the last time as a 'zero' year old.

And here's what she did when I told her she would have birthday cake for breakfast the next morning.

This morning we set up the breakfast table with all her presents and cake.  Her ooey-gooey one to hack into herself will be presented to her at her party on Sunday.

We sang to her and watched the candle blow itself out with some help from the ceiling fan (sooooooo hot here lately).

And that was where I had a total brain fart because her first birthday has come and gone and I totally forgot to take the traditional birthday photo of her with her cake in front of her.  Meh meh meh.  Almost tempted to make another cake to reinact that moment again.  FYI, the cake was a doctored up mix with crushed pineapple, and I used the juice make a drizzle icing.  Super moist.  Recipe?  Sure, here it is.

Moist and Easy Pineapple Cake

8 ounces of cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup vegetable oil
3 eggs
1 cake mix (I used Duncan Heinz butter yellow cake mix)
1 can (15.25 ounces) crushed pineapple, drained
2 Tablespoons lemon juice

Throw it all together in just one bowl and mix.  You can't go wrong with the cake mix doctor-it-up recipes.  Pour it in a bundt pan and bake at 325 F for 1 hour.  Vavoom!  Try it British style and pour some fresh unwhipped cream over it.  Phwoar!


  1. Daisy is the sweetest girl. I love her and am so happy she's had a birthday.
    Love you Dias!! Ta

  2. Happy birthday to my sweet little niece! I love you, Dai Dai! We can't wait to see you all tomorrow. Paige has a birthday party outfit picked out and can't wait to get her party on!

  3. So sweet. The first year is great. I enjoyed reading your post... especially the part about having a brain fart. I too had some on my son's first birthday. take a look if you'd like.

  4. Awwwwww, such a sweetie. Love the pool pix!