We made a trip to the Dublin Zoo. It was just a short walk from our hotel I was in my element with all the pretty things to take pictures of.
My favorite little boy in the whole world turned one and I'm not even sure how it happened. I remember the first year of Lena's life went by at a snail's pace and this little guy seems to have just rushed through the past twelve months at lightning speed. I suspect the fact that I am actually getting some sleep has a lot to do with it. When you're awake for an entire year straight, it tends to feel a lot longer.
Lena was assigned to the world's most patient and clever teacher - Liia. We love Liia at our house. Lena has named nearly all her stuffed animals after her, I have bonded with her over our shared adventures in navigating Lena's quirks, and Aksel has even acknowledged her presence with a smile and giggle from time to time. This is a pretty big deal coming from my little introvert.
We like to go all out for birthdays and since Evie and Lena had shared the spotlight at their friends party, we decided to also celebrate each of them on the actual day of their birth
While all our American friends were kicking off summer break, we were still in full swing with school, festivals, and end-of-year festivities. I'm not sure I'll ever get used to the British schedule where the last day of school comes at the end of July but having completed a full year now, I definitely see it's advantages.