Wednesday, August 14, 2013

celebrating a year.





I promise this will be the last post about Silas' birthday. It's been an overwhelming theme in my head this past week -- my baby is turning one, my baby is turning one! It was a perfectly relaxed day-- waffles for breakfast, beach in the afternoon, and of course, a smash cake and a few presents. Chris and I even got to sneak off for a 'survival celebration' date night (thanks Mom and Dad!) , and I may have eaten several pounds of butter at the French restaurant we found.

I hope I look back at this post in the future when I'm debating whether or not to throw a party. Of all my siblings, my mom calls me her 'party girl.' Any excuse to celebrate. But I think that the blogging world has made me highly sensitive to things like the amount of stripey straws on the table, the Instagram-ability of the favors and so forth. Not everything needs to be a production. Instead of worrying about getting the right pictures for the blog, I was really able to celebrate the past year with Silas and gosh, that was refreshing.

Oh, and the little man took his first TWO steps yesterday! In the middle of a raging temper tantrum, he got enough fire in his belly to walk towards me. Lots of whooping and hollering and cracking up at his poor little angry self. We love you, Silas Kai!

17 comments:

  1. My oldest will be 5 this year and she's only had one big party and it was because we were pcsing a few months later. All the others have been small gatherings with family and a few close friends and she's always really enjoyed that.

    I think you guys celebrated the right way!

    p.s
    you look great, I love your bathing suit!

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  2. this look like a fun birthday! I'm so with you on "not everything needs to be a production" We celebrated our baby's 1st b-day in a way that he really enjoyed it, that's the point right?
    It is kind of funny to see how lots of 1st b-days around this time were pink or blue ombre and gold glitter....and of course lots of stripey straws hhehehe

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  3. He is adorable eating his cake!! And I love the shot of you all on the surf board... so cute!! :)

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  4. Looks like a fun birthday - waffles are my kind of celebration!

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  5. the very first year is so special! such wonderful pics!

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  6. That looks like a perfect birthday day!
    My family and I have always enjoyed having simple birthday celebrations with family and maybe a few close friends. I think there is such beauty in the simple celebrations of a special meal, a little fun, and a yummy dessert!

    By the way, your family is truly beautiful. I smiled seeing the photos of all of you at the beach together. Congratulations on the celebration of him turning 1! It seems that it was just yesterday I was reading your pregnancy posts and here is a cute little boy growing, growing, growing!

    Enjoy the little moments. =)

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  7. I love hearing about Sila turning one. My daughter will be 1 next month and I love reading about your mommy experiences. It makes me feel like I am doing the right thing.
    Thanks for reminding us that we don't need to make everything into a production. Someone asked me the other day what theme my daughters birthday party was going to be and I started to feel like a failure for not putting any thought into it. The idea of a family party is sounds like heaven!

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  8. Happy Birthday to your little one...... looks like you all had a wonderful time celebrating!

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  9. You all look so happy :) What a fun day!

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  10. What a happy happy family! Happy birthday sweet Silas!

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  11. Happy birthday to Silas!! And how exciting that he took his first steps!

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  12. Happy Birthday to your little man! It has been so fun following along on your blog and seeing Silas grow and change this year. Such a cutie.

    Love the wave-theme on his cake and the family photos out on the water. Do you miss Hawaii as much as I think you do? ;)

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  13. Of course the birthday pictures are super cute, but I laughed out loud at his walking story. Kids are so hilarious sometimes. I teach English in China and some of their best English comes when they're frustrated; they bust out with some random English sentence that they've never been able to say before!

    One day you'll tell his first date that story and he will be SO embarrassed!

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  14. I LOVE that you had a simple day. I debated this for so long, but ultimately, in the Korean culture the first birthday is a HUGE celebration--my mom cant fly and so I want to make sure she has pictures of some of the ceremonial elements and traditional attire she bought for my daughter. So I'm throwing a party, but until she turns 5 it will probably be pretty low key on all the following birthdays!!

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  15. Looks like the perfect birthday to me! A stack of waffles is way cooler than some dumb paper straws and elaborate bunting. ;)

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  16. Silas's birthday looks absolutely perfect. Your comment about not everything having to be perfect, a huge production and "Instagram" worthy really hit home with me, as that is something I struggle with daily in life. Comparison is the biggest killer of joy.
    But you should know your family is picture perfect. Cherish your sweet memories! Those pictures on the surfboard are melting my heart.

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  17. I think it was just perfect. Right down to the very last waffle. Mmm.

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