Mama Hop and Aunt Leanne joined us last weekend to celebrate a very special occasion, Merryn's first birthday. But it was business as usual in many ways. As soon as they arrived, Leanne unpacked her things (this always takes precedent), and then she rolled up her sleeves and went into hands-on Aunt mode.
She pushed the girls on the swing in our yard...
...accompanied Mama Hop in taking the girls for a walk around the neighborhood...
...and she supervised bath time. I just love this photo; Merryn is testing Aunt Leanne by threatening to stand up in the tub - a big "no no!" around here - and Aunt Leanne is getting her index finger ready to wag at that child! She won't tolerate any funny business!
While Travis assembled the new kitchen set that Mama Hop got the girls, Aunt Leanne helped finish up the gift wrapping. It takes her awhile and she requires a massive amount of tape, but she gets the job done.
Then it was time to party!
Of course Leanne was right in the center of the action, aiding Merryn in opening her gifts while reading the cards aloud to the rest of us.
Merryn enjoyed the festivities. She loved opening and tasting her gifts!
Then it was time for the grand finale! Without further ado, I present to you, the money shot:
Happy Birthday to our sweet baby girl!
And as always, special thanks to Mama Hop and Aunt Leanne for coming to town and showering the girls with love and attention.