We celebrated Emeline's 1st Birthday yesterday with several of our closest friends and family. It was a memorable day and fun was had by all. Especially, Emy. I was fearful that she'd be overwhelmed by the noise, people, and general chaos that arises when you mix 15 adults and 9 kids in a small space.Once again, I found myself amazed at the adaptive skills of my daughter. Emy relished in the attention and completely held her own while playing with everyone. Several times throughout the afternon, I tried to take a few minutes to observe how she interacted with all the people who know and love her.
This party was about more than just a kid's birthday party. It was a celebration of the love and strength our friends and family have given freely and unconditional over the last year. It was a celebration of surviving the last year. Not just my survival either, but everyone who journeyed with us, providing love and strength along the way. I can't make any predictions on what the future might hold nor can I speak for anyone other than myself but I believe unequivocally that we are in a far better place than we were a year ago. It was just as important to me to celebrate that as it was to celebrate the birthday girl.
A long-time friend of the family made amazing personalized decorations, cupcakes, and a small cake for Emy all around the theme - "Peace, Love, and Cupcakes." She is so creative and amazingly talented. She is available for hire, so let me know if you'd like her contact information. I have included some pictures of the event to show off her handy work as well as some of my favorites for the day. Thank you Erin for making our house look as festive as possible!