Minnesota Prairie Roots

Writing and photography by Audrey Kletscher Helbling

My granddaughter turns one: A celebration in images & words April 18, 2017


TO WATCH MY GRANDDAUGHTER gives me such joy. To hold her and hug her and kiss her swells my heart with such love. To watch my eldest care for and love her baby girl along with her husband swells my heart with even more love.

I’ve only been a grandma for a year. But it’s long enough to know just how much I love this new role.





This past weekend family and friends celebrated the first birthday of our darling Isabelle with a The Very Hungry Caterpillar themed party. It was a perfect theme for a baby girl who loves books, who just weeks earlier sat on my lap flipping through the pages of this timeless story by Eric Carle.





Her mama, my daughter Amber, confessed that she felt a bit pressured to pull off the birthday celebration given my history of throwing detailed themed birthday parties. Amber needn’t have worried. She did great and impressed me with everything from decorations down to the caterpillar cupcake birthday cake.





It was the birthday girl, though, who spotlighted the attention of those gathered to celebrate her first birthday. Izzy did great, going to everyone and, as expected, finding tissue paper, gift receipts and a water bottle sometimes more interesting then the gifts she was supposed to be opening. Give her another year.



But for now, we all delighted in Izzy’s smile and cheered her on as she walked across the living room. We declared that Isabelle is now officially walking.



I was reminded again of how much joy a baby can find in the simple things. A textured ball released from a gift bag brought the widest smile to Izzy’s face as she shoved it across the floor. The sighting of a dog and later a squirrel through windows sent my granddaughter nearly leaping from my arms in excitement. In the craziness of life today, it is good to witness such exuberance from the perspective of a one-year-old.





Life is good when you’re one. And good, too, when you are the grandmother of a baby girl whom you love and adore.

© Copyright 2017 Audrey Kletscher Helbling


28 Responses to “My granddaughter turns one: A celebration in images & words”

  1. Beth Ann Says:

    What a cutie pie! I love her party theme and Amber definitely pulled it off perfectly from the looks of it. What a lovely day! Thanks for sharing your joy with us.

  2. OOO, She is beeeeeeeeeeeautiful!
    happy birthday, to this lovely little girl!
    What a wonderful grandma you are, too 🙂
    Those cupcakes. Omgosh, did you make them? xxx from Duluth.

  3. What a beautiful party. Love Izzy and the caterpillar cupcakes

  4. Marilyn Donnell Says:

    She’s cute, obviously ‘Miss Personality’, and you can see her intelligent with those captivating blue eyes taking everything in. The caption for the last photo should be, “Ut-oh! Anything that tastes this good cannot possibly be good for me.”

    • I’m laughing at the last part of your comment. I have several photos where she’s actually making a “I don’t like this” face as she sticks her fingers into the frosting. Izzy doesn’t eat many sweets so she didn’t seem particularly thrilled with the cupcake. She only ate a little before the parents took it away.

      She has beautiful hazel colored eyes, maybe a little hard to tell the color in these photos.

  5. Valerie Says:

    She’s so adorable. And what a great party theme. I used to give themed parties too…but never The Very Hungry Caterpillar. Great idea and it looks like everyone had a great time. Including the star of the show, Izzy!

  6. Sue Ready Says:

    Love the theme, her cute shirt and great looking cupcakes. So what was her favorite gift?

    • She loved the textured ball. She also wanted to play with a puzzle I (and another guest; we gave the exact same thing) gave her. But the parents kept everything inside packages during the party. And, of course, she liked all the books she got. She liked baby doll bottles. The parents especially appreciated the clothing. Lots of gifts were hits.

  7. Littlesundog Says:

    Aw, what a cutie pahtootie! It will be a real treat in the coming years, to see her perspective of life, just as it was with your own kids. I marvel at how young people see things and what fascinates them. 🙂 Izzy is a doll… what beautiful eyes! Those are “nature” eyes.

  8. estremdj Says:

    Precious memories!

  9. Virginia Updegrove Says:

    How precious. Such a cute party theme and such excitement. Lucky you to be able to enjoy this wonderful time with your first grandchild. I have never lived close enough to mine to enjoy more than just occasional visits. Such a shame. Cherish these memories.

    • I am thankful to have my eldest daughter and her family only an hour away. My other two are in northeastern Wisconsin ( 5 1/2 hours) and in Boston. So I get where you are coming from and I am sorry you live so distant from your grandchildren. It’s hard.

  10. Jackie Says:

    Awww, such a sweet and beautiful 1 year old, I was thrilled to see the post of Izzy’s party. I love the idea of the caterpillar made with cupcakes, very creative! Sounds like Amber got her talents from her mamma!

  11. Judy M Says:

    Izzy is so pretty. She looks like she had a good time for her first birthday party. The pictures are wonderful.

  12. Cuteness Overload 🙂 Love the theme and those cupcakes are AWESOME. Thanks so much for sharing. Happy Day – Enjoy!

  13. Dorothy Says:

    She is a darling!!! A keeper for our family. What a fun party it must have been.

    Love to all of you. Aunt Dorothy and Uncle Robin

  14. Missy's Crafty Mess Says:

    What a cutie pie. I love the party theme too

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