The Last of the Firsts

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We celebrated Amelia's first birthday over the weekend. With her being the last baby I've definitely had feelings of life passing by quickly. Her little toes will only be little for so long. Watching our children grow has been such a great gift. (Don't get me wrong, we definitely have our not-so-great moments--this is just me being thankful and grateful out loud.)

Friends and family joined us for a fun little party at our home. I bought bouncy balls and made bubbles, which I'm not sure they turned out very bubbly, but everyone seemed to have a wonderful time.


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Some of the balls ended up in the bubble tub (they actually made great wands).


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I made two larger cakes (I used some great recipes for the cake and frosting in a recent issue of Real Simple), and one little one for Amelia. Everyone gobbled them up and enjoyed them.

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Especially the birthday girl.


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And I got to use my thrift store party plates (which my wonderful husband washed up for me!).


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I almost made it a small little family party, but after thinking about how quickly it goes by I knew I'd regret not throwing one of our jam-packed Johnson parties. Thanks to all our friends and family who helped us celebrate--from near and far--we're grateful to have so many wonderful people in Amelia's life. 

I'm sure I'll always be a little reluctant to say goodbye to all the little firsts as the kids get older. We're already almost out of the baby years! I just hope to find peace as my little birds come closer and closer to learning to fly, and cherish each moment while they still find rest under my wing.

How do you cherish your children? What are your favorite childhood birthday memories? (Mine is playing music-games to the Beach Boys.)
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