fair warning: This post contains TONS of birthday photos. Sorry not sorry.
Last week was Lillian’s 1st birthday!! We had friends flying in on her actual birthday, so we tried to keep the day pretty low-key. Blake went to work, Lilly and I did some last minute things around the house and spent some quality time together. When our friends arrived we headed to the lake. We grilled an Alaskan feast and spent the evening relaxing by the lake.
You’ll notice, Lillian only changed outfits 847,196 times that day. Success.
On Friday we celebrated Lillian’s birthday and threw a big party for her in our backyard. I drove myself a little crazy preparing for it, but it was worth it!
I decorated the backyard to make it extra festive. Blake made reindeer dogs (beef franks for the kids) on the grill and we did a ‘build your own hot dog bar’ with tons of different toppings to choose from, along with a few side dishes. I made a variety of desserts, including Lillian’s 3 tier cake. It didn’t fall apart before the party so I was happy with it (thanks for all the tips Mom). Our neighbors brought over their bouncy house, and I set out a few toys and games to keep everyone entertained. Later in the evening we had a bonfire and made s’mores.
I think Lillian had a really good time. She had fun playing with the kids and the other guests. There wasn’t a single meltdown. She wasn’t scared of all of the attention or our signing, and she really enjoyed her cake. She even got into opening the presents. I figured she wouldn’t be that interested, but she sat on my lap the entire time and helped open all the gifts. It was pretty cute.
And just because, here’s one of my favorite pictures on the day she was born.
I once read, “the moment her little self was placed in my outstretched arms, my old heart was replaced with a new one”. For me, this statement could not be more true. Lillian has brought so much joy, love, laughter, and happiness to my heart. This first year with her has easily been the best of my life. We love her more than words can say, and look forward to watching her grow into a beautiful little person. Happy 1st birthday sweet Lillian Grace! ♥