so yesterday was the day. the day my baby girl turned one. bittersweet? yes. realizing how fast everything goes just makes you want babies to never grow up. and then you think about how that might not actually be the best thing, if they never got older and learned to do things for themselves so really, it's a good thing, growing up. but still. sometimes i just want to stop time and live in the moment that much longer and relish in whatever it is my little lady (or big boy) is doing at that specific time. like yesterday.

claire decided to wake up super early. she had to get a good start on her birthday, apparently. we ate breakfast together as a family and then spent the morning lounging around, trying to get claire to take a nap which only lasted for a good 30 minutes (of which i dozed off on the couch and slept through both kids playing in the living room. thanks babe!). then we got ready and headed out to the public outdoor pool in town. from 12-1pm they have a parent/tot free swim and oh my gosh. it was so nice. for only $13 we spent an hour splashing around and cooling off from the warm (AMAZING) weather. landon is still pretty apprehensive when it comes to being in water, or getting his face wet, so he clung to me like his life depended on it for the first 15 minutes or so. once he realized nothing bad was going to happen, he loosened his grip a bit, but he still wouldn't just play in the shallow area. which is okay. i'd rather him be a little nervous than be one of those kids that just goes for it. (i'm a little apprehensive around water too, so for me, i like that my kid stays close.) claire, on the other hand, was all about playing in the water. she would have just crawled right through the water if we would have let her. she tried to drink it too, which is gross, but whatever. after our fun swim time, which we left at precisely 1pm because then it became free swim for all ages and goodness gracious, too many kids showed up. it got CRAZY. we headed a few blocks over to get some burgers to take home and eat for lunch and then spent the next few hours lazing about at home. after dinner claire got to eat a cupcake (which landon helped blow the candle out on) and open her present from us. 

it's seriously so hard to believe that one year ago, at this very moment, (i'm typing this up tuesday night) we were at the hospital with a newborn baby girl. and now, that baby girl isn't a baby anymore, but a ONE YEAR OLD. and she's sleeping in her crib. and doing all those things that one-year-olds do. like taking unassisted steps. 

okay. pictures. lots of 'em. c;

love you, baby girl. so so so much.

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thanks for the input!