Let me just throw myself a little party because I’ve kept another human being alive and well for a whole year!! Well, okay Iย guess I had help from Derrick and family and some friends too ๐Ÿ˜‰

Penny kind of hadย 4 different birthday celebrations!

We got to celebrate with my SIL and BIL and FIL in Atlanta (we were sans Derrick since he was in Australia for 10 days):


We got to have birthday cake ice cream with the family of one of my closest friends out here (again, sans Derrick because he was in Austria for another 10 days):


On her birthday (Derrick was home for that, happily), we took her to IHOP for some birthday pancakes, opened presents, went to the park to swing, and tried to give her cake, which she wouldn’t eat (she decided the next day though that sheย loved it and I was a horrible mom who didn’t have a limitless supply of cake to shovel in her mouth)

And this past weekend, we flew to Chicago with Derrick (who had a conference there this week) and my parents drove up to hang out with us. We went to the Shedd Aquarium, had some delicious pizza from Giordano’s, and walked around downtown a bit when the weather wasn’t too beastly cold and windy.

These days, she is just crazy busy running around, playing with all her new toys, looking at her books, and just generally being pretty fun and entertaining. She waves and claps and nods her head “yes” and “no” and isย the best retriever right now. She will pull all her stuffed animals out one by one to bring them to me (now we are working on teaching her to put them back!) and clap her hands for herself because I guess she feels she’s a very good sharer.

I realized it’s been over a month since I last posted, but February was insanely busy and this month is shaping up to be the same, but that’s all for another post sometime to keep this post short and sweet and Penny-centric ๐Ÿ˜‰

Happy Weekend, y’all!


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