Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Peter's 1st Birthday Celebration(s)


The other day I finally got around to sharing some reflections about Peter's 1st year, but no recap would be complete without talking about what we did to celebrate!

On Peter's birthday morning we headed to the park to have his pictures taken, then we spent the rest of the day just playing around at home.

Since his birthday fell on a weekday, we had a quiet family dinner at home. But, of course, I made cupcakes!

I have no clue what meal I made for his birthday dinner, but the important part is that we sang "Happy Birthday" and Peter got to enjoy the very first cupcake of his life.

That weekend we had a slightly larger celebration with some friends and family. Unfortunately my sister and brother-in-law that lived down the road from us were at a wedding out-of-state, which prevented them or the kids' cousins from celebrating with us. However, my other sister was able to make us her first pit-stop on her return to America after studying abroad for the final semester of her Masters program!

We loved having her stay with us for the weekend and catching up on all things Austria, France, and Italy-related. Plus, she happens to be Peter's godmother which made it extra-special that she could be there for his party.

A couple of families joined us for Peter's birthday lunch, and all the kids spent much of the time completely entertained by the wonderful play cube he had just received as a gift from one of his grandmothers.

Seriously. Who knew this thing could captivate 4 boys ages 2 and under??

Then, we sang "Happy Birthday" again and let him enjoy another cupcake (without frosting, because it's the only age we can ever get by with such a cruel monitoring of sugar intake).

That was pretty much the entire party, but less than a couple weeks later we were blessed to have Peter's godfather visit us for a weekend as well. He came all the way to Boston from St. Louis just to revel in how much Peter had grown (although I like to think he came to see the rest of us, too). One of the sweetest memories I have from his visit was when we all attended Mass together that Sunday. Peter happily sat in his godfather's lap (leaving me wondering what on earth to do with two free arms the entire hour) and after the Mass was complete I managed to snap an adorable photo of them:

Truly, you are loved, Peter Matthias. We know you won't remember any of this, but those of us that were there will never forget celebrating such a big milestone in your young life. May you always continue to feel how deeply you are cherished.

"Cleaning and scrubbing can wait til tomorrow
For babies grow up, we've learned to our sorrow
So quiet down, cobwebs
Dust, go to sleep
I'm rocking my baby, and babies don't keep."

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