updated 09/30/2008 AT 9:00 AM ET
•originally published 09/30/2008 AT 9:30 AM ET
Nascar’s Jeff Gordon knows how to celebrate being No. 1 – and in daughter Ella Sofia’s case, turning 1.
“We had a puppet show for the kids and a one-man band, so she did some dancing. She enjoyed getting to pet some different animals at a little petting zoo, too. She had her birthday cupcake and seemed to like that a lot,” Gordon, 37, wrote on his blog alongside photos of his daughter’s first birthday party in California.
“She was into everything and was laughing and smiling the whole day,” he added of Ella, who was born in New York, but spent the day outdoors with family and friends on the west coast.
Gordon proudly posted a series of photos of his daughter and his model-actress wife, Ingrid. “She’s an amazing wife and mother,” Gordon told PEOPLE last month. “You’ve got to have a wife that’s very understanding. I’m lucky to have that.”