Friday, September 21, 2012

Flashback Friday

There are many... I repeat, MANY things I have anticipated sharing on my little piece of Interspace {i.e. Our Wedding Celebration... Emmy's 1st Birthday... etc...} but for some reason or another I never got around to it.

Instead of feeling bad,  I'm just going to present this as: Flashback Friday. It's a time where I will get caught up on important events from the past. Will I do it every Friday? Probably not. So it'll be extra special when I do! ;)

So here's my first...



What? Emmalyn's 1st Birthday Party
                     {guess I better high-light this before she turns 2 in two months!!}

When? Saturday, November 19, 2011 (actual bday is 11/17)
Where? Our backyard {a.k.a. Emmalyn's Enchanted Forest}
 

Who? So many of our family and closest friends came to celebrate our daughter's first year of life. First birthdays are more for the parents, don't you think? The invites should have said something like, "Come celebrate Katie and Blake's first year of parenthood--they made it out alive!"

^ That's my Dad! ^
yes, we like to dress up for celebrations.
& yes, that was my ballet recital costume from when I was 12.

Why? Go big or go home, right? I have never been one to comfortably enjoy celebrating my own birthday (I just don't like being the center-of-attention), but I LOVE celebrating other people's birthdays. & now that I have my daughter... well, that just makes me want to go crazy overboard! Planning, organizing, and creating events like these fulfill me. I love everything that's involved in the process. It gets my creative juices flowing and is a sort of cheap therapy for me! 

In lei of gifts, we invited people to bring an item to contribute to Emmalyn's "Time Capsule" to be opened on her 18th birthday. We received such creative things: from grocery store ads, to an iPhone case, to video diaries... some were wrapped up so even I couldn't sneak a peak for another 18 years!

 

 
How? The whole party could not have been possible without the help of our super generous parents!

Before digging in to all the grub, we invited everyone to hold hands in a circle. It was by far my favorite part of the whole party. Blake opened up with a prayer of thanks, always knowing the perfect words to say. I, someone who barely speaks publicly, thanked everyone for all of their patience and support over the past year.

Everyone who was present knew of the postpartum nightmare I went through, and many of them went above and beyond to unselfishly take care of my new little family and me. It was such a surreal, emotional, humbling, and out-of-body experience, standing in that circle. In a second's time, my mind flashed-back to all of the joy and pain I endured. But mostly, the circle of prayer brought me hope. Hope that I could make it through anything, after surviving the past year.

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All I needed was a little faith, trust, and pixie dust ;)
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loyally,
katie

2 comments:

  1. So cute and fun! I LOVE that you all dressed up!!

    The labeling of the food?! You are too creative!

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  2. What a wonderful celebration! Your family sounds like so much fun. :)

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