on sunday we celebrated my 29th birthday in a quieter manner than initially planned.  we had originally booked a little family getaway, but despite our best attempts to avoid it, our entire household came down with a horrible cold that we weren't able to shake in time to for my birthday celebrations so at the last minute we canceled and rescheduled our mini-vacay for later on this month.  we spent the day lazying around the house until the late hours of the afternoon when we finally emerged from the house for some exploring in the hills.  is it sad to say that perhaps the best birthday present that i received was sleeping in until 11 am? ah, how easy it is to please a mama!

do you remember when you were younger and there were certain ages that seemed like a million years away.  you were such a kid that you couldn't imagine ever reaching that age, being a real adult.

like when you were in school, your teachers seemed so old.  and then when i graduated college, a lot of my friends became teachers and i remember repeatedly marveling with them that we were of that age.  the sudden discovery that they weren't really that old.

i'm still reeling from the fact that i'm officially 29, officially one year away from the big 3-0.

because i don't feel 29.  i don't really feel like a grown-up.

but perhaps that's what living day-to-day within the magical world of childhood with your little one will do to you.  because having a little one can keep you young.

and maybe that's the best present of all.



while i initially wanted holden's birthday party to have an adventurous, boyish theme, like where the wild things are, i decided that since this was holden's party, i should probably go with a theme that he would like and appreciate.  he has always loved animals and i knew he would love a party that was filled with them.  i thought i would share a few of the party details

1.  the birthday boy himself

2 - 4 the invitation i designed.  animals parading on the front, confetti on the back.

5. confetti paper plates

6. ombre striped wooden forks and spoons

7. felt birthday crown

8. wooden restaurant high chair (that was going to be thrown out) spray painted metallic gold

9. picnic tables covered in white kraft paper with ribbons as table runners

10.  plastic animals from the dollar store spray painted metallic gold parading down the tables

11.  blueberry vodka lemonade cocktail

12. birthday hats made out of cardstock, fuzzy balls, and ribbon

13.  homemade confetti cupcakes.  plastic animals spray painted gold and glued to toothpicks as cupcake toppers

14. painted plastic animal photo holders

15.  cardboard letters spray painted gold; wrapping paper used as tablecloth

16.  homemade applesauce cinnamon monkey cake, a healthier alternative to the a real cake

17. a bunch of my best friends from college (holden being the first little addition to our group)


i've started planning holden's first birthday party and stumbled across this gorgeous balloon delivery service.  bon bon balloons delivers balloons with beautiful hand crafted decorative strings that can be shipped in the mail as gifts or as invitations.  on arrival the balloon will float up out of the box and the strings will carry your personalized message.  the company is based in london, so it'd be a little difficult (and expensive) to use them for h's first birthday invitations, but a girl can dream...