the birthday boy

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mama and eli

mama and eli

our sweet family

our sweet family

party time

party time

party time

party time

playing with one of 1000 balls at my party. i ate a chunk out of it shortly after this was taken.

playing with one of 1000 balls at my party. i ate a chunk out of it shortly after this was taken.

yummy!!

yummy!!

i got this people.

i got this people.

this. is. good. stuff.

this. is. good. stuff.


favors. s'more trail mix. it's crack.

favors. s’more trail mix. it’s crack.

i think this is a good thing.

i think this is a good thing.

s'more cupcakes. no words. s’more cupcakes. no words.
wow. it’s here. i cannot believe i am writing this post right now as it still seems surreal that i have a child, much less a one-year old little boy. two years ago i never dreamed i would be celebrating my child’s first birthday on june 11, 2012. never. i was near a point of devastation thinking we would never have a family. but, our hopes, wishes and tears turned in to a reality that is simply beautiful. words cannot describe the emotions i have as we celebrate eli’s first birthday. i think my sister-in-law, amanda, said it best when she said, “congrats on making it through the first year (which is equal parts uncertainty, confidence, laughter and sleeplessness). His birthdays are also a birthing of your motherhood. The bond keeps growing as you keep trying to learn and respect the uniqueness of who Eli is and will be.” this is so true and i cherish these times — the good/bad/easy/hard.

enough of the sappiness for now though…we have a party to discuss.

this weekend, we celebrated the big ONE in a big way. we had a backyard full of friends and family — lots of kids, bbq, s’more cupcakes, a big giraffe bounce house (adults love this too!), balls, bubbly (not to be confused with bubbles for the kids — we had those too), cake smashing (eli was a PRO – pics and details below) and laughter. it was perfection. and, most important, eli had an absolute blast. seriously, the kid is a natural politician/entertainer. he simply LOVES people. the party lasted well past the 3-5pm schedule which was just what i hoped for; a sign of a good party and people having fun if you ask me!

some of the highlights:

eli LOVED the bouncy house. pk, eli and i got in it with him prior to people arriving to test it out. his laughter was contagious. he had a ball! that deep belly laugh of his was in full force (which is quite possibly my favorite noise ever)

eli most certainly made us proud with the cake smashing. i made him a cake to destroy…and he sure did just that! he dove in with both hands and enjoyed every taste (pretty sure he ate 1/3 of a cake for dinner).

eli bounced from person to person. he played with family, friends and other kids and never once had a moment of bad mood/crying. that’s pretty darn amazing if you ask me!

it meant so much to us that so many people came and celebrated such a momentous occasion for our family. i know that being one is ALWAYS a big deal to everyone. but, as pk and i were bouncy in the jump-jump after everyone left (yes, we did act like 12 year olds), we agreed that we think (“think” being the key word here — don’t want to offend anyone) that this birthday means even a bit more to us. after all, eli is our miracle baby. forever.

happy birthday my sweet love. happy birthday.

(back tomorrow with the 12 month laundry list of what he’s loving/hating/doing now!

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