Happy 1st Birthday Aaron!

 

Aaron turned 1 on April 10th. I can’t believe how fast time flew. It seemed to have gone by faster with him than it did with Mila. He’s been walking for about 2 months now and his strong-willed and very affectionate personality is shinning through. On his birthday I baked cupcakes, we sang the birthday song to him, and gave him, as far as we know, his first taste of sugar. He, however, devoured that cake like it was his second helping so we aren’t sure what type of foolishness is going on at his school ;).

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We hosted a park birthday party for him on April 19th as his birthday was during our spring break and, as stated in an earlier posting, most of our friends were out of the country. I wanted a simple party: light refreshments, cupcakes, and several opportunities to capture memories. So I decided on a 10am gathering with a serving of fruit balls, crescents, and cupcakes. I picked a morning party as most parents with little ones have been up for hours and in an attempt to beat the heat. Today’s high temperature was 106 degrees Fahrenheit/41 degrees Celsius.  I was hoping that we would stay in the high 80’s or low 90’s during the party but, I can’t even begin to explain how hot it was. It felt like all of 100 degrees plus. Poor Mila and the other younger children couldn’t play on the playground equipment from 11am onwards as we were afraid that it would burn their hands. Next time, I’m having his party at 7am .Who’s with me?

The party was still quiet lovely though. 21 of our closest friends came out to celebrate Aaron’s milestone with us. We felt honored and loved. I’ll be the first to admit that first birthday parties are for the parents. However, having such wonderful friends makes it almost impossible to resist throwing such events.

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Most guest arrived on time, which was a great thing as we were forced to sing happy birthday to Aaron at 10:30am. At around 10:20am I looked at Aaron and his little eyes were heavy and his head was swaying. I couldn’t believe that he was falling asleep in such heat and with so much excitement going on! That just goes to show how different siblings are; Mila would have fought sleep just to be in the middle of everything. Aaron, however, will sleep anywhere and around anyone. We knew that if we didn’t sing to him soon that he would fall asleep and forcing him to wake up would only make for really horrible pictures.

Aaron starting to fall asleep.
Aaron starting to fall asleep.

So we pulled out his cupcakes, party hat, and gathered around to sing happy birthday to him.

Cupcakes
Cupcakes

 

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Sitting back, listening to us sing to him.
Sitting back, listening to us sing to him.

 

Clapping when the song was over. No one queued him by the way.
Clapping when the song was over. No one queued him by the way.
Aaron refusing his birthday cake.
Aaron refusing his birthday cake.

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After the song and pictures Aaron, happily, went to his teacher and fell asleep. By the way, we absolutely love his teacher! I told Ms. Yolanda about the party and she, excitingly, agreed to come. She was a great help with both Aaron and Mila.

It's his party and he'll sleep if he wants to.
It’s his party and he’ll sleep if he wants to.

One sleeping baby doesn’t stop a party, even if that baby happens to be the guest of honor. So children still played and adults chatted away for another hour and a 1/2 or so.

Mila with Brian (Poppa B)
Mila with Brian (Poppa B)
Mila and Ryan. This is her best friend. Anytime we mention Ryan she lights up. They are in the same class at school. Ryan's mother and I being good friends plays a part in their friendship as well.
Mila and Ryan. This is her best friend; anytime she or we mention Ryan she lights up. They are in the same class at school. Ryan’s mother and I being good friends plays a part in their friendship as well.

As most families were leaving and we were packing up the last few items, guess who decided to join us…

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While Aaron missed most his party, I still think that everything went smoothly. I would definitely do it again: same place, same people, just an earlier time :).

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8 thoughts on “Happy 1st Birthday Aaron!

  1. Thanks for the peek into his birthday party..love the pics as usual…Aaron looks like a big boy in his pics.Mandy thanks for finally let me put a face to the name of Ryan;-)

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  2. I really enjoy your blog! The party was so nice. My son will be turning one while we over there and its good to know I can still give him a nice party!

    FYI- Thanks for the school information. I contacted the owner and she was very helpful. Unfortunately I can not commit to the school in advance since I wil not know where we will be placed until we get there.

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    1. Thanks and thank you for following me! You definitely can still have a great party for your little one here.

      I’m glad that the school information was helpful. Ms. Christine, the owner, is wonderful. Did you request a specific city to live in during your interview?

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  3. Hi writer, this was a great look at a party I could not attend. The pictures were great…it is funny to me that Aaron was sleepy at his party because we had to wake Terry up to sing Happy Birthday to him at his first birthday. I am glad things went well inspite of the heat. Let me get this right, you made cupcakes with sugar in them? :0)

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    1. LOL! So they both will pick sleep over a good time! Ha! Yes, I offered cupcakes with sugar :o. Everyone deserves something sweet on their birthday ;).

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