Over this past weekend we had a celebration for you and somehow, you have managed to speed through this first year of life faster than I ever imagined. Your Papa and I planned a backyard party where we invited all of your friends and family to come over and eat and laugh and play. I had absolutely no idea how much work actually goes into planning a party-- especially one at your own place! We were definitely worried that we wouldn't have enough space, but thankfully we were able to make it work (and most certainly not without the help of our "village" like both of your amazing sets of grandparents). Both me and your Papa were running around all day making sure every last detail was tended to, and now looking back on these photos, I think we did a pretty good job! There are lots of people out there that think planning a party like this is silly because if you're only one, you don't remember anything. I'd like to tell those people otherwise! I could tell even by the look of pure joy on your face that, even if you didn't fully comprehend what was going on, I knew you knew this day was special. Watching you play on the grass with your best baby friends and take a swing at your birthday piñata was magical, and the fact that not once did you cry, and you stayed up well past your bedtime without any naps in-between shows just how much of a little social butterfly you are. Through everything, the highlight of our day was lighting the candle of your giant cupcake and hearing all of your wonderful guests singing happy birthday to you. I'll even let you in on a little secret: your Papa and I couldn't even finish singing because we both started to cry. You'll probably get a good laugh over this when you're older! I feel so thankful and blessed to have such a strong community of love and support like all of your friends and family that came to help, to celebrate, to grab the camera and take some photos for me, or even just to stop by and say hello. You are one special little girl, Sofia. We are so lucky to be your parents, and wish you many more happy birthdays just like this. We love you to the moon and back.
Love, Bama and Papa