Because we live "way out yonder" we planned to have Birdie's birthday party this past Sunday so that our family could attend. Her actual birthday isn't until this Wednesday but it turned out to be for the best because I wasn't a sappy emotional mess during her party. Both papa bear and I were pretty much in denial about what was taking place (one must keep a healthy emotional distance regarding such events lest your heart explodes and can never be mended again). But of course life had other plans and the closer we inched towards the weekend the worse the weather began to sound for Sunday. Late Friday night we made the decision to move it to Saturday. Thankfully I was already in town so I frantically ran around in the pouring rain purchasing supplies and food and hauling a giant tank of helium to my car as the rain soaked me to my core (fun times!!). When I got home papa bear and I baked and decorated until two in the morning. We were beat the next day but there was something fun and special about putting so much love into this day for our sweet little girl.
We woke up to a cold morning and oodles of birthday balloons. Gosh this girl loves her balloons. In fact I have a whole little video all about Birdie and balloons that I will post later this week. We planned to take it easy as far as the party was concerned and just did desserts. I was even extra lazy and just ordered a dozen cupcakes from Sprinkles, which were phenomenal by the way! I suppose we can pride ourselves on the fact that we did bake her birthday cake. We made a carrot cake as it's something she tried months ago and simply couldn't get enough of. I put together a little "hot chocolate bar" and made some fruit skewers (which were a huge hit!).
I must admit that I totally prepared myself for Birdie not caring about pretty much anything during her party and I would have been fine with that. How wrong I was! She had an absolute blast. She loved showing off all her new "tricks" to her grandparents, namely walking with the walker - you should see her beaming and proud face! The cake was somewhat confusing to her but the presents?? Oh the presents she loved! She patiently waited while I helped her unwrap each present and then she would go to town playing with each one. She was most definitely spoiled royally.
In light of the ridiculous amount of presents she received we started a tradition that she won't understand perhaps until next year but one that is very important. Before we moved any of her new toys into her room we went through and removed toys that she had outgrown or didn't take much interest in anymore. We put them all in a bag and plan on dropping them off at Goodwill (the new ones will go to Toys For Tots). Next year we will have her participant in that activity as a way of teaching her to give back and share. Not to mention it makes for a much less cluttered nursery!
It was a wonderful first birthday. So many memories. So many photos. So much foooooooood. I can't wait to show her all the pictures one day.
^ spreading tiny bits of christmas around the house ^
^ scored both of these for less than $10! at anthro & target ^
I love that Thanksgiving leads right into Christmas. You have this super awesome holiday where you just sit and stuff your face for hours (we still have stashes of leftover pie in our fridge) and then that day just rolls itself into Christmas music, cookies, tree lots with twinkle lights and presents, presents, presents!! It's such a happy time of year. I was sitting at the top of a hill in town the other day looking at all the shops, cars, and stop lights below and thought: wow, it looks like Christmas! Except that it looks just like that 365 days of the year but those red and green lights look extra festive this month.
I must admit, however that coming home from vacation sucks. I wish suitcases magically unpacked themselves... Our house was a sight to behold. I had mountains of laundry in piles on the floor, groceries that never quite made it to the pantry from the countertops and stacks of work and bills here there and everywhere. Slowly but surely I cleaned it all up (it took me an entire day to unpack, either I'm very inefficient [possible] or we packed waaaaaay too much [also possible]) and our house looked clean, save for the lumps of Belle's fur in the corners of each room. I suppose this is as good a time as any to confess that I am horrid at cleaning up Birdie's high chair. I finally did it last night and what I wheedled out of there no longer resembled food... It's just that doing it after every meal makes me feel like Sisyphus - she's just going to shove another entire banana into the buckle again!!!
So essentially I'm very good at giving off the impression that our place is clean. I feel like I should put a sign on our front door that says "avert your eyes! cobwebs and dog fur abounds!" As far as pats on backs go I would like to brag a little bit about the fact that I'm about 50% done with Christmas shopping and most of it took place online (thank you Gilt & Amazon!). So I have that under my belt! Oh also I did a HUGE closet clean out and plan on posting some of the items on instagram. Would you be interested? My rule is if I don't wear something more than three times it goes in the outgoing pile. So I have a lot of stuff that's only been worn once or twice. *
Well this got all rambly and ridiculous quick! The last I'll say is we are prepping for Birdie's first birthday party this Sunday and I'm in complete denial. I'm just focusing on the decorations and food like a horse with blinders but not allowing myself to realize WHO I'm actually doing this for... I expect to be a complete basket case on Sunday. Pray for me...
*I plan on posting the items on instagram on Sunday or Monday. It's mostly J.Crew, Target, Madewell and some Anthro. The sizes are mostly xs, and s. I'll also have a few pairs of shoes sizes 6 1/2 and 7.