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This week Vin turned 1! Good job everyone! We all survived our first year together, and we even had fun along the way. Here's Vin with his first cuppy cake It took me half a day to make due to general baking incompetence, but I think the final result tasted pretty good. Steven doesn't care for banana flavor cake,and by the looks of it, Vin doesn't seem to either, but he did eat some cake. Shelby LOVED it. (Recognize the party hat? It's Shelby's. :)

How do I open this?

That's a big present. How will you ever open it?

Shelby to the rescue 
Shelby to the rescue! She's really excellent at opening gifts.

A new car!

(In Bob Barker Voice) It's a new car!

But wait there's more.

A new wardrobe!

OK, those are a little boring for pug and boy. What else is there I wonder?

My first drum!

Your very own drum!

Happy birthday little guy.

April 2, 2009 | Permalink


Happy Birthday, Vin! That's a great looking car.

Posted by: Gretchen | Apr 2, 2009 7:11:38 AM

Wow!! I can hardly believe it Vin is already one year old.He's a beautiful child. Happy Birthday Vin and happy motoring. Shelby and Vin are quite a charming pair. All the best to you Birthday boy. juli

Posted by: juli | Apr 2, 2009 8:08:02 AM

Aw, Happy Birthday, Vin! Those are some great gifts. That car is the cutest thing I've ever seen. (besides Vin and Shelby)

Posted by: Rachel B. | Apr 2, 2009 8:12:06 AM

Has a whole year gone by already? Happy First Birthday to your darling son, Vin,
and thanks to Shelby for her nanny duties as Big Sister! Great gifts and loads of fun opening the gifts and eating mommy's
cuppy cake? Yum! Yum!

Posted by: Jade | Apr 2, 2009 8:48:39 AM

Happy Birthday, Vin! Sweet presents!

Posted by: April | Apr 2, 2009 10:25:31 AM

Happy Birthday Vin!! Congratulations :-)

Posted by: Amy | Apr 2, 2009 10:49:51 AM

Happy Birthday beautiful boy! What a lucky little boy you are to have such loving parents and a pug sister! BonnieBoo and Mom are looking forward to another year of stories and pictures.

Posted by: BonnieBoo & Mom | Apr 2, 2009 11:25:49 AM

Awe! How adorable! I can't believe it's been a year already.

Posted by: Priscilla | Apr 2, 2009 11:43:22 AM

wait, you cook all manner of treats for Pug, but when it comes to the Boy you have "baking incompetence?"

Posted by: Randon & Muggins | Apr 2, 2009 11:50:06 AM

Happy Birthday Vin!! What cool gifts you got...well the car and the drum anyway.

We may share the same baking incompetence gene, Winnie. I'm almost sixty and still can't perform. Not that I try very often. Ovens are more useful for drying clay.

You more than make up for any baking dysfunction with all the beautiful outfits and costumes that you sew.

Posted by: Bo | Apr 2, 2009 2:22:14 PM

Happy Birthday Vincent!! And now the boy has WHEELS!! No stopping him now, Mommy! My Grandmother always said that the only difference between the men and the boys are the size and price of their toys! She was a wise woman! The drum you may regret, but there is always the "outside with Dad" option! Great pictures, he's a beautiful boy. time to start trying for another one for him to play with!

Posted by: Lisa Kovacic | Apr 2, 2009 2:59:07 PM

Happy B-day little guy! Love your new wheels!!!

Posted by: Cris | Apr 2, 2009 6:29:22 PM

HAPPY BIRTHDAY little Sweetheart...what a lovely family...enjoy all your gifts...and lucky Vin having such an experienced helper in the unwrapping department....Luv Ya....

Posted by: Ann Crago | Apr 2, 2009 6:41:20 PM

You are so lucky we do not know your "real" address! Little man Vin would be overwhelmed with presents. Sending virtual toys and birthday wishes your way.

Posted by: Cat | Apr 2, 2009 7:40:04 PM

Wow,I love the car and the drum, it's too cute. Wishing Vin a very happy 1st birthday.

Posted by: Joanne | Apr 2, 2009 10:50:41 PM

Happy Birthday Vin!! You made it thru a whole year and it only gets better!! Congrats to Shelby for doing a great job too. From the girls: Elizabeth, Maggie, Katie and Brooke.

Posted by: CHINAPUG1 | Apr 3, 2009 3:54:16 AM

Happy Happy!!!

Posted by: Nevis | Apr 3, 2009 8:04:18 AM

Happy Birthday Vin!! Cool gifts too. Winnie, how brave you are giving Vin a drum set. My hat is off to you.

Posted by: Sandy | Apr 3, 2009 8:54:49 AM

Haha! You're all too kind.

RE: baking incompetence. I overnuked the butter and had to sit around and wait for it to firm back up. That too hours!

I can't take credit for the drum. Grandma, Grandpa, and Uncle bought him that, but seeing as how he's taken a liking to banging on Steven's drum set, this little drum should actually make the house quieter.

Posted by: Winnie | Apr 3, 2009 3:36:16 PM

Happy Birthday Vin! I enjoy reading about you and Shelby! Looking forward to reading more about both of you :)

Posted by: Ginger | Apr 3, 2009 9:05:12 PM

happy, happy birthday, beautiful boy.....may god grant you many years. thanks so much for sharing your beautiful family with us...they are the highlight of my day. blessings to all.....

Posted by: nadine | Apr 5, 2009 5:31:11 AM

Happy bday! Cant believe a year flew by.
Wishing you and your family happiness and health.

Posted by: phil | Apr 8, 2009 7:39:12 PM

Happy (belated) Birthday Vin! I can't believe how big he's gotten! Give him a big hug from all of us.

(Winnie, I owe you an email.)

Posted by: the weirdgirl | Apr 15, 2009 9:34:35 AM

Dear Winnie, I want to thank you for writing this wonderful journey of Shelby and now, your son, Vin. I have learned so much about pet ownership from your logs.
How to deal with "firsts" and what to do when your pet is ill, needs surgery, has food issues, etc. and thanks for writing about Puppia Harnesses, dogs that pull on the leash, the first bath, the beautiful and adorable costumes you have created at
Halloween, and on and on. Thank you for sharing your world with the readers.

Posted by: Jade | Apr 19, 2009 7:22:54 PM

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