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Perfect Party Weekend

We had a wonderful weekend for Felix’ 1st Birthday Party! The weather was perfect, the company was outstanding and love was definitely surrounding us. Thank you so much to everyone who came out to celebrate and all those who sent well wishes our way.

Making an announcement with Papa.

Papa made this puppet theater. We had a few marionettes out for kids to put on their own puppet shows.

Papa also put together this awesome toss game. There were only a few who mastered all levels.

We had the bean bag toss and Papa’s Tic Tac Toe game too.

My sister baked the cakes from scratch, of course! (They were absolutely delicious by the way, and yes, she takes special orders.)

Singing Happy Birthday:

The main event: smashing the cake!

The aftermath:

Kissing a handmade sock frog from Anne, who also made the stellar mix playing during the party.

(We’ve been preparing for a while. click to see more about the invite, party flags, bean bag toss and party hats.)

A Letter to Felix

June 25, 2009

Dear Felix,

Today, we are celebrating your first year with us!

I can still see your beautiful bluish purple body and scrunched up face, fresh from my womb; The way you squinted at the bright lights of your new world that magical day one year ago. I will never forget your latching onto my breast and spending those first few hours, days, weeks staring at you. Watching you grow has been truly incredible. Your neck got stronger, you rolled, you sat, you crawled. Oh and walking. You started 2 months ago- and all of the sudden you’re such a big boy!

I love laughing with you. Your joyfulness has made my life so much fuller and richer. Watching you inspect each new thing you see has helped me re-evaluate and appreciate so many things around me that I can so easily take for granted, like smelling flowers. You smell flowers slowly, with your mouth wide open.

I love how you sign for milk while you’re nursing. Clap your hands and begin to dance when you hear music. Start to beat any cylindrical form as if it were a drum. How you say “oooooooohhhhh” at particular things that catch your fancy, “ouf” when you hear dogs bark, and “uhhh” when you hear a train passing through town.

I love how much you’ve developed into your own person. How you know what you want to do and which direction you want to go. How you’ve figured out ways to tell us how to get you there, like pointing in the direction you would like me to walk.

Seeing you with family makes me happier than you can know. I feel so fortunate that we are able to live so closely to our families. The way you watch your Pappy, reach for and hug your Nani, laugh and giggle with Grandma, play with Baba and interact with your aunts, uncles and cousins brings me so much joy and makes me feel as though there is nothing more I could want in life.

It is sweet how well you play with Elmer and Turnip too. Turnip follows you around for attention and lets you grab her and pet her like crazy. Elmer will bring you his chicken or stuffed toy. I know he always takes the ball from you, but soon you will get his game of keep away and be fast enough to chase him down.

I love you more than I thought possible. Having you in my life has deepened my love for Papa too. I love watching you together. How happy you are to see him when you wake up in the morning, when he gets home from work, even when he enters a room. How oftentimes he is the only person you want to hold you. I love how you two cuddle, sleep, and be silly together. I love to see you kiss papa, mouth wide-open, eyes closed.

I have so many thoughts and emotions about today. But most of all, I am bursting at the seams with love for you. You have lit up my life and made it something so special, something I never expected. I’m thrilled to think of spending the rest of my years watching you grow and learning from you, with you.

Thank you for being you, Felix.

Love,

Mama

This day last year:

(this wasn’t actually taken today, but close enough for now.)

Roots

Roots detail from Erin Sullivan Fournier's work entitled "Alliance"

Roots detail from Erin Sullivan Fournier's work entitled "Alliance"

Having a child does so many things to a person, one of which is merely thinking back to one’s own childhood. After spending 2.5 years in Delaware we recently moved back to Michigan, where my husband and I both grew up. Being back has been wonderful: I cannot even begin to articulate how much I love that Felix is able to see family frequently, let alone describe the feeling I get when I see him playing and interacting with his grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins. But another thing it has done is made me think about all of the people who have influenced me throughout my life.

Recently, I was assisting my childhood art teacher, mentor and dear friend, prepare some images for a show she was applying for. (My favorite) Part of her piece “Alliance” has these wonderfully wild roots. It made me think about how deeply she has impacted me from the very begining of my interest in art. Perhaps I feel such a connection to this root image because it was she that nourished my own “roots”.

Revelation in the Sand: 11 months and counting.

I couldn't keep him away.

Yesterday Felix turned 11 months. It hit me as he was *walking* through the *sandbox* at the park. I knew these things were coming, but so soon? It is hard to grasp the idea that in just 1 month he will be a year. A whole, single year. 365 days since I labored for hours and pushed my purple tiny baby out into this world. A year since he first latched onto my breast. A year.

Filling the bucket