It took a WHOLE YEAR, but they finally let me have cake with icing!
I don't know... do you think he enjoyed it very much???
Getting to those hard-to-reach pieces.
He would squish the cake in both hands, then try to flip it out before getting another bite.
I can't believe it. I mean, it all happened so fast! One minute, "Here Magnus, meet your new baby brother!" and the next, "Guess what Magnus? Henrik is having his very first birthday!!" Time sure flies with a fun little chap like Henrik. He is the life of the party around here, always joking, always content. The day after he turned one, he really started pulling up on everything, and even scooted faster than ever before. Guess he thought he'd better hurry up now that he's a big boy! And speaking of that... he weighs 29lbs and is 31.5" tall. We moved him into Magnus' bedroom about a month ago and they have become better friends than ever, being silly together making sound effects during nap-time and "talking". We did hit our first snag the other day when we heard them in there laughing... but it went more like this. Cough, gag, laugh. Repeat. Upon further investigation we discovered that they were having a gagging contest. Magnus had 4 fingers in his throat, and Henrik's thumb was doing the trick for him, even to the point of making him spit up on his clothes. It took some sternness NOT to laugh, and to make them quit! I have a feeling this is only the beginning of some very interesting adventures in boyhood. But hey, I WAS the one that prayed to have little boys! And boy, am I ever glad I did! =)
Henrik is 11 months and such a character! He can say DaDa and MaMa, and tries lots of other words that don't come out quite right. Somehow he still gets his point across though! He shivers and squeals with excitement when there is a horse, or a dog, or any animal nearby to pet... he nearly jumps out of your arms trying to get to them! He doesn't crawl, but he sits on his butt and scoots around to get from point A to point B. He's a busy little man... sweet as honey, so affectionate, so adorable... yet he has his share of temper also that flares up most often when he's tired. He's a super fun baby though, and just loves to be loved! Squeezing him puts such bright spots in my days!
Joe insisted that 10 1/2 month old Henrik's unruly hair needed "help" a couple weeks ago. So, he whipped out his handy-dandy clippers and went to work. The clipper attachment Joe chose for Henrik's new "do" really had me worried - I just knew Henrik would be as bald as razor-shaved Daddy when all was said and done... but it turned out great and he's as cute as ever. Now Mommy doesn't have to comb or try to tame any unruliness on the top of her youngest boy!
Dirt on the face, sweat rings on the neck... perfectly boyish!
I had a great time taking birthday pictures for my friend's kids. (They were born about a year apart.) Horse-crazy Britt wanted her pictures taken with my horses, and Michael brought his Golden Retriever, Sonny. They are really sweet kids and we had such a fun time!
Our colts are growing! They both just turned 2 and are the sweetest things a cowgirl could want. (Aside from a sweet cowboy like mine, that is!) Cowboy has the cutest ears on the planet, to match his darling little face, and Dusty is just downright cool. He has the neatest frosted mane that prompts people to ask me, "Did you do that to his hair?". My barn gals call him "Rock-star Dusty". We had Cowboy gelded a while back, but Dusty was crypt-orchid so we are hoping he is ready to be gelded this fall when the weather is cooler and flies are less numerous. We put him through weekly hormone treatment shots for a couple months in hopes to make him drop - of course, he is still a stallion in "capability" though, so we may be looking at a new baby on the farm next spring! I'll certainly keep you posted on that possibility. Both the colts are such fun. Joe and I have had the bit/bridle on them a couple times and they did better than our trained mare does! Cowboy LOVES the taste of the copper bit and doesn't want to give Dusty a turn. Little does he know that that yummy piece of metal is going to tell him what to do later on... Dusty is the lowest in the pecking order and has always been a little on the shy side, but is coming along great and now wants attention as much as the rest of them and will wiggle his way in next to you when you're grooming the others. We love having colts to play with - especially these sweet boys!