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Birthday #1!

Our first birthday party went pretty well! The girls managed to break out of their stranger anxiety shells pretty quickly and were the life of the party. Lots of family made the small trek to come out and be here and those that couldn’t, phoned or texted to send their birthday wishes. The apartment complex we live in has a communal building and I was given the go-ahead to use it for the day. The communal building had everything we needed; lots of space for small children to run around, a kitchenette, and a bathroom. So we didn’t need to worry about making sure our apartment was fit for entertaining (which was awesome, because our house is full of half-empty boxes).

Our birthday theme was Monkeys, with green, pink, and yellow as our colours. We didn’t do anything too extravagant or exciting, but I think what we did do was pretty good. As far as decorations go, I tried to keep it minimal and just went with a few bunches of balloons and some streamers. I put up a photo timeline, one for each girl. Let me tell you.. picking out only twelve pictures for each baby is not very easy! There are so many good ones to choose from!

Food was simple; mostly just frozen appetizers. Sausage rolls, meatballs, mini pizzas, and chicken fries. As well as a fruit tray and a veggie tray. Simple drinks as well; Sprite, Coke, coffee and tea, as well as juice boxes. I had planned on making up some punch concoction and a trail mix bowl but.. turns out there was enough to do!

I had a girlfriend of mine make a cake for the guests, which unfortunately, I didn’t actually get to have a bite of! I heard it was good though. I also made a couple of smash cakes for the girls. Those didn’t turn out anything like I thought they would. I had my suspicions that they wouldn’t eat much of them; as we haven’t introduced them to anything sweeter than applesauce. But, they barely even interacted with them! Shula seemed more interested in the Curious George that was ontop of the cake than the actually cake itself, and Maretta just kept giving the cake the evil-eye, like it was out to get her! These girls that always want to put their hands on and in everything had little interest in making a mess. I suppose that’s a good thing but… I was hoping for some great, messy photos!

Shula enjoying her Curious George.

Maretta glaring at her cake.

In the week or so leading up to Saturday (the party day), I was kinda nervous. I’m not anti-social and I can hold my own in a crowd, but my girls usually clam up pretty good when put into a social situation, even when it’s only a couple of people. So, I wasn’t sure how it was going to go with 25-30 people! The crowd consisted of mostly adults, there were a few tweens, and one toddler (not counting mine), Evony. I’m certain that having Evony there is what helped Shula and Maretta get out of their shell. Evony came right over to the girls and started playing with the rubber balls I had brought down. Maretta and Shula jumped on the chance to play with someone new. (/whew!)

Meemaw’s present. Note the Birth length of each girl.

We were pretty lucky as far as presents go. Without trying to be party poopers or anything, Anton and I had let everyone know that simplistic was better for us. We don’t need a lot of anything, especially a lot of toys. We have a few things that the girls seem to enjoy and we didn’t want our house to suddenly be overloaded with a lot of stuff. We mostly got clothes, which one can never get enough, especially while the girls are growing so much! And they were all in a variety of sizes so that we’ll have some for the next while. A special mention of the present Meemaw (my mom) got; she slaved over a handmade gift for the girls. She made a growth chart for them! It was something that I’d thought about buying a few times, but couldn’t justify getting new stuff, especially right before the move. The girls birthday present from Anton and I was along the same lines; nice and simple. We got them each a pair of “second year” overalls. We got their names and year embroidered on them and bought them in a size too big so they should last all year. I think it’s the first “tradition” that we’ve started. A new pair of overalls every year for their birthday.

In the end, everything turned out really well. I’ll put in a special shout out here to Mom and Dad Strong. If you hadn’t have come up and watched the girls for us, I wouldn’t have been able to put the party together. Also… for getting everyone out at two so we could continue with our schedule. 🙂

Ahh! They’re Toddlers now!

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Wow. June is going to be a busy month.

First, the girls are turning one (Already?! Oh. My. God.) and along with the first birthday comes a First Birthday Party. Before you get any ideas, I am not a crazy Party Mama. We’re going with something low-key, mostly just family will be attending. As I say that I start to recall that there will actually be between 20 and 25 people. Not really as intimate as I was hoping, but I know that there are a lot of people out there that are excited to be sharing this with us. And some people would have a cow if they found out they weren’t invited. Damn you social protocols.

All kidding aside… I’m really looking forward to this. I’ve been entertaining the thought of their birthday for a few months and in the last few weeks have started allotting real brain power towards it. I’m trying not to share too much because some of the people that will be coming read my blog and I don’t want to ruin the surprise! But, I will say that it’s a monkey theme, and aside from the ones that were lost in the mail, everyone has received their invite. After the party (June 16th) I’ll be sure to upload pictures of all my hard work. 😉

Our complex has a great common house which we’ll be using because we can barely fit ten people in our apartment; certainly not upwards of twenty. I don’t want to go over the top with decorations, because I find what most people do for first birthdays crazy and a little unnecessary. There won’t be any games, as most of the people coming are over the age of 25. It’s mostly just a get together of some friends and family so everyone can see how much the girls have grown. And, for some people it’ll be a chance to say goodbye.

Which brings me to my second ch-ch-change. We are moving! Now, most of my family who is reading this already know that, and for my faithful readers whom I don’t know.. I suppose it doesn’t make any difference to you! But, it’s a momentous occasion for me. I’ve lived in the same town for my whole twenty-two years so moving, to be honest.., is a bit scary! And daunting! We’re not going far; only a two hour drive away. I’m hoping that there will be more activities and opportunities for our family. Better walking trails, greenbelts, mommy and me groups, etc. I feel stinted by the small town we’re living in now, and I am really hoping that moving to a city broadens our horizons a bit.

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