Reaching the first year milestone is a BIG one, and I think every parent would agree. I describe it like a deep breath. We made it, we survived (mostly) unscathed, and we’re left with the confidence that “ok, we can do this.” The joke that the first birthday party is for the parents isn’t too far from reality. We deserve the celebration as much as anyone, am I right?
Since we’re heading out of town for Layla’s actual birthday and the weekend immediately following, we decided to do an early celebration in San Diego and invite some close friends. Because the party fell almost two weeks before Layla’s actual birthday, I’ve had more time to wrap my head around the fact that she’s ACTUALLY turning one. I can’t tell you how hard it is for me to believe!
The day started out great. Ellie was beyond excited to finally be going to the fair. A week earlier we showed up 3 hours before the gates opened so our visit was postponed. She rode just about every ride she wanted, including the tall rainbow slide three times, played games and won prizes, and even topped off the afternoon with a huge ice cream cone. Heaven for a three year old.
60 degrees is chilly according to San Diego’s standards – but not too cold for the beach we say! We bundled up and headed to La Jolla to run around with Ellie and dip Layla’s toes in the salt water. A little sunset beach time is good for the soul.
What says “Christmas in San Diego” more than ice skating on a rink right off the beach?! Or drinking hot chocolate while sweating in the glaring sun? Or decorating christmas cookies under the lights of the beautifully lit Hotel del Coronado?
Does it make me a bad Mom that I tried just about everything to talk Ellie out of being a princess for Halloween this year? I know I know…but there are just so many great ideas and she can dress up as a princess any day of the week, right!? “You can be anything you want, Ellie, a firefighter, superhero, a monster, an elephant – any thing you can think of!” (My vote was a cat lady, complete with a robe and rollers in her hair, maybe next year). “I wanna be a Princess!! What do you wanna be, Mama? You can be a firefighter, a superhero…” My power of persuasion wasn’t powerful enough.
In honor of our fifth wedding anniversary last weekend, I thought it would be fun to share five of our anniversary traditions – things we have done each year in celebration. We didn’t necessarily intend for these to be repeated every year but they’re so easy and enjoyable – why not!?
We find value in each of these simple anniversary traditions – I hope you will too!
It’s not in my style to want to dress matchy-matchy with my daughter, or even to dress my daughters in matching clothes. Or so I thought. I tend to eat my words a lot around here.
Apparently twinning can be fun. A couple weeks back, Ellie and I sported our matching Albion Fit yoga pants to the park to ease me back into postpartum fitness. A couple runs up and down the hill was all I needed.
Like a true Leo, I usually don’t mind a big celebration for my birthday, but this year I really didn’t expect much considering I had a 5 week old newborn, not even a good nights’ sleep! But Chris insisted we do something, so we hired a babysitter, crossed our fingers and enjoyed our first post baby date night in celebration of the big 3-4. Read more
We celebrated Ellie’s first and second birthdays at the house with some fun themes (a lemonade stand and “two-two” party). This year, with a new baby sister at home, we thought getting OUT of the house would be a better bet. For her third birthday celebration, we had a fun “birthday at the bay” party. Mission Bay in San Diego is our “happy place” and so we thought it would be perfect to share with friends and family for Ellie’s special day.