Today, May 24, is our Samuel’s first birthday. What a day! Really we’ve been celebrating all week. It began with his birthday party on Saturday. I started dreaming up his party when we were still in Kenya. I love planning parties. How could I resist a baby safari theme? I couldn’t!
We kept everything fairly simple and just served cupcakes (the first I had made in months!) pretzels, fruit, and chocolates.
I’ve discovered my favorite thing when it comes to putting together a party with a theme – printable party packages! They are available all over Etsy, but as soon as I spotted this one, which included lots of personalization, I was set. Tania at Designs by Tania arranged the details and got back to me right away. Then all I had to do was print, cut, and assemble! I’m definitely doing printable packages again in the future.
Miss Maira Marie didn’t want to wait to have a cupcake.
Our new buddy, Caleb, was able to join us for the party! Caleb is just a few months younger than Sam. I think the boys are going to need lots of fun play dates through the summer.
After we pulled her away from the cupcakes, Maira was focused on caring for Ella’s baby doll. Such a good little mommy.
At long last, it was time to let Sam dig into his cake! When checking out the photo below, it’s important to note that he had never tasted cake or any such substance before. How did he know, as I held it in one hand and took the photo in the other, that it was something he so desperately desired?! Must have been all those cakes and cupcakes I made (and ate) when I was pregnant. Smart boy.
We learned after Ella’s first birthday cake fiasco that the cake…and candles…must stay out of reach until they are ready to be touched. We sang, Ella blew out the candle, and then I set the cake in front of him. The boy dove right in.
Our man got some adorable summer threads, a couple books, a few toys, and of course, a musical instrument from Uncle Jake. It’s hard to say who was more excited about it – Ella or Sam. I think we’ve got a pair of young musicians in this house. Jake, when can you start lessons?
Nana and Papa Scott surprised the kids with their very own miniature chairs to match the two we already have. One of the first things we noticed when we moved into our house three years ago was that all of our neighbors down our side of the street had Adirondack chairs, so we jumped on board! Now Ella and Sammy can sit in style right beside us.
How many people do you know who would actually enjoy attending a conference on colons first thing in the morning on their birthday? Clearly, this little guy had a great time.
Isn’t he handsome? I claim him. Yay.
Immediately following the conference, I took Ella to preschool. As I was pulling into the parking lot, she asked if she could show Sam her school since it was his birthday. Why not? The three of us went into the school, checked out Ella’s coat cubby, said hi to a few kids, and then we were invited into her classroom. The kids were so excited to have a baby visiting. When they found out it was his birthday, they insisted on singing to him. We all sat in a little bunch on the floor, each child played a little hand instrument, and we sang happy birthday. Not once. Twice. Sam was thrilled. And so was I. I really wanted today to be special, and that was an excellent addition.
After we picked Ella up from school, we stopped at the store so she could choose a birthday balloon for Sam. Then we headed to the playground. At long last, it’s warm enough to play outside!
Sam’s first swing session! Do you think he liked it? He kept watching his shadow on the rocks below with his tongue out to feel the breeze. Anytime there’s a breeze the boy’s got his tongue out. Maybe I should try doing the same. Maybe.
Big Sister loved swinging side by side.