Well before Bimmer turned 1, I knew I wanted to celebrate it back in The Fort with all my family and friends. It was also a good time to pack up the car and head even farther north to visit the FIL and BIL and for Bimmer to meet her cousins.
Let's just say that 12+ hours in a car does NOT make for a friendly toddler. Especially one who was battling an on-and-off fever, plus a rash.
Then this happened....
We were not off to a good start! However, it was so great for Bimmer to meet her grandpa for the first time and spend some time with family we don't get to see very often. We stayed at a swanky B&B (that did not welcome children - woops) and attempted to watch a parade. Don't worry, it was 50 degrees and raining, so we had to bail. How else do you entertain yourself in The Great White North? You pull things behind your lawn mower...
The week got better after that. We got to spend some time with my parents and go to the zoo! Bimmer loved it, since it was a much bigger zoo with bigger animals than the one in SC. She liked the giraffes and this green parrot-like bird that kept talking to her. Plus, we got to ride the train!
One of Bimmer's highlights was when Papaw pulled out MY old Cozy Coupe. She was in love. We are definitely going to have to buy this kid one of her own. She wanted to get pushed everywhere around the whole house and outside. Leave it to her... to be in love with cars, like her daddy!
There were multiple birthday celebrations... one with my Granny/aunts/cousins, and another with my parents/step-sibs/nieces/nephew. Bimmer wasn't crazy about the cake, but loved the icing!
I can't wait to share with you the professional 1st birthday & cake smash photos we did! That's definitely one thing I will never scrimp on... lots and lots of photos of my baby girl! Her party we had planned with my friends ended up getting cancelled due to a lot of unforeseen reasons, so we actually hit the road back to SC a few days early. It turned out to be a wonderful blessing... my SC girls threw together an impromptu party in the park for her that was amazing. (More on that to come!)
Sometimes, I really go back and forth about whether or not I want to move back to The Fort. (My dad keeps dangling a job in my face!) But really, after this trip, I was just sooooooo ready to get back home. And "home" was in South Carolina. I'm pretty sure it will never be anywhere else.