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The Breeders: One!

Even mama and daddy got a present. With all that excitement, The Kid slept through the night.

The big day arrived—The Kid turned one.

He did not have a Pinterest worthy party. Instead we had a small get together at Grandma’s house with grandparents and a few friends of the family and I hung a few streamers and balloons in an attempt to create a photo worthy backdrop – unfortunately I hung them too high.

Well okay, he actually had two not Pinterest worthy parties. We had a second small one with some of he baby buddies that live in town. We figured we’d save our baby-free friends the stress of having to side-step a bunch of tiny people at ankle and knee height, plus our apartment isn’t all that big. 

Once again the theme was “birthday,” ie. balloons and streamers. The good thing about first birthdays however, is they are still photo worthy with or without a well thought out backdrop.

However, he did have an adorable and refined-sugar-free cake made by his loving and culinarily inclined Aunt at Grandma’s house. At his party at our house, I tried my hand at duplicating a sugar-free cake with a slightly simpler recipe. Unfortunately, my frosting was a failure so The Kid’s cupcake was slathered in something akin to very watery yogurt and the adults got the emergency out-of-the-can-oh-so-processed frosting picked up “just in case.”

Did I mention his Aunt just got back from taking cooking classes in Paris?

Yeah, the cake I made was not Pinterest or Martha Stewart-worthy. Nor was it even up to my own previous baking standards, but I didn’t have a one year old back when I was making fancy quinoa and fig cupcakes.

Yet, despite what the internet may argue, I think his parties were a success. The Kid got to be surrounded by his family (he even met his great-grandfather, his namesake) and the peers I hope he will continue to be friends with for a very long time. 

And thanks to all the cameras at his, yes two, not Pinterest worthy parties, there is also no question he is an extrovert. He now gives an even brighter, squintier social smile and hams it up for the camera—which means that I might start breaking (not that I was following it well before) and be posting more pictures. 

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a94501er June 21, 2012 at 09:49 PM
Fun stuff. btw, looks like you were trying really hard to squeeze in as many "two, not Pinterest worthy parties" in a single blog entry :)
Stephanie Volkoff Green June 21, 2012 at 10:10 PM
Gotta drive the point (and the search engines) home!
Judy Judy June 21, 2012 at 10:26 PM
Congrats on the birthday! I remember making a cake for my first born only sweetened with organic applesauce and all that. I think it took me three hours, or something, for a cake she'll never remember. For the second, I was so out of my mind busy, I believe I shoved a french fry in her mouth while singing, "happy birthday" as she desperately tried to escape my death grip. We're somewhere in-between now. Good luck with all the years (and all the cakes) to come!
Stephanie Volkoff Green June 21, 2012 at 10:28 PM
Ha! Thanks Judy.

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