Since the weather was lovely and warm, we donned our swimsuits and went to the pool with our baby-girl. I changed Clara into her swimsuit (a gift from Grandma Casebolt) at the tennis courts while the boys were playing doubles.
We were worried that Clarabelle wouldn't like the water or it would be too cold for her, but she took it in stride and just kind of hung out and relaxed. She didn't squawk or complain once and we had her in there for quite a while.
It wasn't until after we got out of the pool that Clara got upset, and that was just because we didn't have swim diapers for her and so her Pampers were massively swollen and probably not too comfortable. But once we got that off and wrapped her up in dry towels and blankets, she was happy as could be.
Paul's brothers and their families are here with us - it is a family reunion of sorts - and so we had a big group swimming with us in the pool. This is Paul with his brothers Dave and Bobby and his cousin Emiliano (Emi) in the background.
Dave and Deborah were there with Colton, our 8-month old (?) nephew. Deborah took a turn holding Clara for me while I was photographing the goings on at the pool.
And this is Robert's sister, Elizabeth. She was the only grandchild up until a year ago, and now there are 4 with one more due in November! She just finished 1st grade and has been losing her teeth. It has been hilarious watching her dance to music videos on the Disney channel whenever they come on.
After everybody got out of the pool, we had a birthday celebration complete with three different kinds of dessert (since there were over 30 people I thought that I might as well take advantage and make a variety of sweets). There was Raspberry Dessert (a family recipe that involves Nilla Wafers, chantilly whipped cream, raspberries, and jello), Mississippi Mud Brownies, and good old Devil's Food Cake with Rainbow Chip Frosting. I ducked in for a quick photo with Paul on his 30th birthday, but then I got back behind the camera to document the lighting of the candles.
Dave, Paul, and Bobby in very strategic and optimal dessert-getting positions. John and Angelica didn't arrive until 4:30 the next morning.
After the candles were all blown out (in one breath I might add), the desserts were pretty much decimated.
Then to finish the night out, we had a bonfire.
It was quite the birthday celebration!