We celebrated for a whole weekend, because I just have to celebrate in big ways. We had a party with friends and a party with family. And the actual anniversary of Levi's birth was a nice quiet day for our little family to enjoy.
Levi had a Cheerios inspired birthday - mostly because I thought the idea was totally cute, and because Cheerios are truly his favorite snack. So for a week I made fun little recipes that included or were inspired by Cheerios - Thank you pinterest! Plus our decorations were a by-product of Cheerios - those cardboard boxes did not go to waste.
The Thursday and Friday before the parties Oma came up to help prepare and to celebrate with us. Which was great because she got to spend tons of quality grandma time with the boys (and Patrick!) while I got preparations done. What a gift.
For our friends party, I focused on making sure it was a relaxed party for a bunch of little kiddos to just have fun, and allow for parents to relax a little in the process. So it was mostly free play in the basement - where the really fun toys are - a small craft and of course snacks and cake. I had set up strings to be used to make Cheerios necklaces - which, surprisingly, was a big hit. Plus there was block building and tool using and music playing - lots of fun for kiddos. Then we all enjoyed snacks - there were Cheerio/marshmallow treats, Cheerio trail mix, Cheerios & Oatmeal cookies and (my favorite!) supersized bowl of Cheerios - mini donuts in powder sugar.
Instead of a cake, I had cupcakes, with yellow frosting and topped with fruity Cheerio sprinkles. Needless to say Levi didn't care at all about the cupcake - another kid who does not have a sweet tooth. But still it was fun to watch him try for it, a bite before he was ready for some real food.
We had a ton of fun with our friends, just seeing all the kid interact and play was worth all the effort.
The next day we hosted a party for our family, which was fun in a different way. It is such a blessing to be part of a big family that wants to celebrate together. There was laughing and joking and fun everywhere, even though my two are the only kids in the group.
|Levi and Nana- just love this picture!|
Again Levi didn't seem too interested in the cake, however, he greatly enjoyed being sung to - we sang "Happy Birthday" twice, just to spoil him a little more!
The big hit of the event was a gift from my Aunt and Uncle - a doctor's play kit. Wyatt was all about it, and as result Levi showed a good amount of attention to it also. And still this is a favorite toy. Anyway, Wyatt quickly took on the role of Dr Wyatt and was examining the family - adorable.
Sure our parties were super relaxed and fairly simple, but memories were made, and smiles shared. I'm so glad to have family and friends that were willing and able to celebrate Levi's first year on this Earth.