So much happens in 12 months.
From the whole birthing/newborn journey to raising and teaching this impressionable little being everything you think is important. Loving them endlessly and smothering them with kisses before they’re old enough to tell you no. The true test in patience, especially when they keep everyone up all night, teething (which feels never ending!), throwing their entire dinner on the floor right after you made it, and wrestling diaper changes because us parents always love a good challenge. It’s all a journey, but a wonderful and memorable journey.
All in all, every day is an absolute blessing with this little one. His smile and big slobbery kisses melt my heart every moment of the day and know I’m the luckiest mama in the world. I love him so much.
Mason turned ONE on November 9th
Celebrating his first birthday was emotional for me.
I had envisioned a birthday party with all our friends, family and their little ones. An opportunity to bring everyone together, feed them and love on our little mace.
Given our situation with my mom, the thought of throwing a birthday party without my family, yeah right. So, I decided to put together a little birthday celebration with just us. Nana, papa, auntie and ben and I. All of Mason’s favorite people.
On his actual birthday we spent the afternoon at the zoo with his other grandparents. Also is favorite people.
I was in my zone.
I know it’s a first birthday and none of the details make a difference. But this party is just as much for me as it is for mace. If not all for me…
I loved every second of putting this together.
Watching my family sit around while mace “opened” his gifts, all enjoying the room, the food and the moment was simply the best and all I could ask for.
First bite of sugar and well, you could say he liked it. It did take him awhile but he finally got his hands dirty. It was so fun to watch.
Seeing mace pick through his cake and the excitement and his little giggles was my favorite part.
This is one of our favorite salads. If you’re local, it may look familiar. This is basically a gluten-free version of PCC Markets perfect protein salad. I plan on sharing this recipe with you next week because you need it. And you’re welcome.
Along with the protein salad, I made a Chinese chicken salad (from Weelicious Lunches), sweet potato and regular fries, and blueberry donuts (from Baked Doughnuts For Everyone). We had wine and cucumber water, served in mason jars. Obviously.
It was all perfect.
Cake Stand, fry holder and M from World Market
Cake Topper from Sweet and Saucy / Little Cat Design
Water Container from Sur la Table
DIY Garland – inspiration from Oh Happy Day
Tent (birthday present from mama and daddy) from Land of Nod
Table styled and all food made by me, Lisa Thiele
January 23 2014