Being a sucker for the niece and nephews, I made a whirlwind dash to California and back for my youngest nephew's first birthday party. But how could I resist some bonding time with this little guy?
I did get a good three hour chunk of time alone with him, running errands and keeping the munchkin out of the way while his parents got the house ready for the party. He's a cuddly little guy and it's so fun to watch him trying out that new-fangled walking thing.
The number of toys that kid got was just outrageous - but I didn't contribute to the plastic forest that has sprouted in my brother's home. Which is just as well, because this is where he played for ten minutes after everyone left the party.