|This was your first snow: November 9, 2011|
Today I held you up to the window to watch the snow falling and you smiled, laughed, and pointed. Even though it was only snowing very lightly, you could easily see it, and you knew it was something wonderful. You are something wonderful, too.
You've been one year old for two weeks, now. You celebrated both your birthday and your Great Aunts Jan and Kim's wedding in Courtland, NY with your Swiftie relatives, including your second cousin and birthday buddy, Monica. You had a quiet celebration at home on the 22nd with me and Daddy and a red velvet cupcake. And we had a big party for you in the gym at church this past weekend. We are a family that believes in extended birthday celebrations!
|You watched the snow on Feb 10, 2012, too|
|Watching the snow today, Nov. 06, 2012|
You love: hot dogs, Hank the Dog, Henry (your best friend from day care,) anything that plays music, music of all kinds, dancing (to the beat!) every time you hear music, and your favorite songs: "Row, Row, Row Your Boat," "The Itsy Bitsy Spider," "Patty Cake," and "African Skies" (ta-oomba-oomba-oomba-whoa-oh-oh.) You love day care and your wonderful teachers who sing and dance with you. You love video chatting with your Grandma and Grandpa Albright and visits with your Umma and Baba. You continue to love Baba Paul best of all the people in the world. You love me and Daddy very much, too, and you give us wonderful hugs, kisses and snuggles. Every once and awhile you will reach up and hold my hand, or Daddy's hand, while we walk together. We love it when you do that.
|Not sure about cake.|
I've been writing this letter while watching election night coverage--they just announced that President Obama was reelected. You are fast asleep, but earlier this evening you enjoyed dancing to the trumpet-heavy election theme music on the radio. You won't remember this election, but I will remember how you liked to steal our "I voted" stickers. I'd like to think that shows an early interest in citizenship and democracy.
Walter, Walter, you are loved
By friends on earth and friends above
Love surrounds you every day
And when you sleep, in love you stay
Goodnight, sweet one-year-old. Here's to all the years of adventures ahead of you!
Love love love,
|You're on your way!|