Stella’s birthday hit me like a ton of bricks. I am usually planning the party from 6 months in advance, but Stella’s.. I just couldn’t even think about it without it throwing me in a whirlwind of depression. I am such a baby about my babies growing up! Oh my goodness, I feel like I have enjoyed every single second of Stella’s first year that I just can’t believe it’s already coming to an end. What a special time it is to have a baby in your house living her first year of life. In the Balinese culture, they believe a baby in it’s first year of life to be a little God and bring lots of good luck. That idea always makes me smile.
And because I am a sucker for cheesey rhymes and names, we named all of the deserts after Stella and her nicknames. :) Then we just kept it easy and summery with a little hot dog bar.
We had such an amazing turn-out. Stella’s party was sort of symbolic this year as we’ve gone through a lot of changes and had a lot of great experiences and have grown a lot. We’ve made the best of friends this last year and really, it’s kind of like we created our own extended family. It’s always so nice to see how many people take the time to show my girls some love on their birthday. I’m always surprisingly touched by it.
(notice Harlo’s face has some ketchup on it, some chilli, some red velvet, some chocolate frosting… I think it’s safe to assume she had a good time)
Stella was so fun to watch at her party. She was everything your hopes and dreams of how a one year old should act a party would act. The cake pictures have to be my favorite. She was just so sweet and so excited about her cake. I tear up every time I think about it. She watched the candle so intently as we sang, and as soon as we blew it out, she leaned in and gave her cake a big sniff to just take it all in. Then she looked right up at Brakken with crazy excitement. Oh, so sweet.