The first part of the day was spent opening presents. Eric received a fun new truck and construction vehicle, lots of books, and plenty of clothes. Edie helped a little (and yes, my kids usually are dressed).
We then went to the cafe where Dave and I met. It's become a tradition to take the kids there for a birthday lunch. Eric had a waffle (but also tried out Dave's clam roll and some of my french fries). We celebrated with chocolate cake and ice cream. Many people came to wish Eric a happy birthday, and one gentleman came up to our table and said he wished his grandchildren were as well behaved as our kids (this happens rarely!).
What better time to get a first haircut then on one's first birthday?! Eric was looking pretty shaggy, and Edie was also in need of a trim, so we took them to the salon after lunch.
I really would have liked to take Eric to a barbershop, but I don't know of any reputable establishments here in Albany. Besides, I think he likes the salon better, because he really likes pretty girl and loves to let them hold him. He was in little baby boy heaven, and all the stylists were cooing over him. Both kids were so well behaved having their hair cut - I was impressed! For anyone in the area who needs a kids' cut, go to Lucy at Jean Paul in Stuyvesant Plaza.
We stopped off for a few more errands on the way home. By the time we got back to the farm, both kids were wiped out and pretty much went straight up to bed. Dave and I spent the rest of the evening getting ready for Eric's big first birthday party the next day. All in all, it was a really nice day and a great way to celebrate little Eric! I wish every day could be so perfect.