From my heart

I’m taking a brief detour from showing off all my lovely clients to share a personal post. I am sitting down listening to the weepies and feeling so nostalgic. You see it was 5 years ago today that I was in very early labor with a child that would forever change my life in all the best ways. I became a Mom on October 13th 2007 at 5:55pm (yes that was 32 hours of back labor in case you were wondering), to my precious Daughter Lilly Marie DeLatour. The first time I set eyes on her it was instant love. She was the most beautiful child I had ever seen and I was still in disbelief that she was mine. We had experienced challenges getting pregnant and staying pregnant so there wasn’t one breath that she took that I didn’t appreciate, or feel utterly blown away by. She was alive, and she was mine. To say I was awe-struck was the understatement of the century. She still takes my breath away and makes me cry with love for her. She is the child that made my dream of becoming a mom come true. I have this picture frame in my house with her picture in it and it says “You are the poem I dreamed of writing, the masterpiece I longed to paint, you are the shining star I reached for in my ever hopeful quest for life fulfilled. You are my child. Now with all things I am blessed.” That basically sums it up for me.

Last weekend we celebrated her 5th birthday with her friends and it was such a sweet and perfect day. Lilly once told me that when she turned five it would be magical, like a unicorn. Ironically she dressed up as a unicorn and the day was nothing less than magical.

Making a beautiful princess cake with a poodle on it is not in my repertoire, so the sweet ladies at Safeway helped me out, and Lilly LOVED picking her cake out of a book. Baking tiny (vegetable laced) items is up my alley though. The day before, my Mother in law Jan helped me make mini zucchini bread muffins, mini gluten free cranberry muffins, and pumpkin bread cake pops. I then just picked up some snack food items from Trader Joes, and PCC. My Mom, Alyson painted faces and hands at the party (lucky me my Mom went to cornish and has an art degree). I swore up an down in the weeks building up to the party that I didn’t have time to make any decorations. Well I guess I just couldn’t help myself because I spent two long nights making pom poms and Mason jar scavenger hunt containers (thank you Christina for providing the jars and for helping me wire and hot glue them after our long run). What would I do without my family and friends?! I have no idea. After the kids did their scavenger hunt we tied balloons to all their jars and stuck their jars on their place matts that had their names written on them with chalk. I was a bit concerned about the kids dropping their jars and getting injured, but Finn (my son) was the only one who dropped one. It broke but nobody got hurt, and I had an extra to replace it with, so no tears were shed. Few!

Some of you may not know this but Lilly has a somewhat rare immune deficiency, so making notes like these are somewhat necessary. We try to have a sense of humor about it though. We planned the party at 10am at a park (low germ risk being that we were the first people there), and My Mom went over the play equipment with disinfectant wipes. The prizes for the games were home-made soap with toys inside. To put it simply, we were ready for some good clean fun.

The scavenger hunt was such a success! The kids were still young enough to believe and get swept up in a mini Elf adventure. My heart lives for moments of imagination like this. If I’m honest with myself, I think I still believe in fairies and mermaids. My Mom helped put all the items out in the woods and the way she displayed them made it all the more magical. I was just going to chuck them all on the ground and hope we found them. The way she set it up made it look like the Elf had really been playing with them all. This was beyond special. Thank you Mom!

Post hunt photo of the kids. (we had some late arrivers and my only regret is that we didn’t re-gather the kids for another picture!)

We played Fairy godmother says (simon says) right after we sang happy birthday to Lilly to give the grown-ups time to cut the cake and have it ready as people became “out” from the game. It was a win win. Even if you didn’t win the game, you just got to eat your cake sooner than the people in the game. I felt pretty genius about this idea. : ) Like I mentioned earlier the gifts were home made soaps in little felt bags.

As much as I tried to get a picture of everyone, I didn’t. I had decided after last years party where I spent the entire time taking picture of people that I wouldn’t do it again, because I felt like I missed so much of the party. This year I swore I would be Lilly’s Mom 1st, and photographer 2nd. I enjoyed every minute of the party, and I apologize if I didn’t get a picture of you or your kids. I know you are all sweet people so I know you will understand. Here are a few more candids of the party. Thank you all for making Lilly’s special day so memorable. Please know that each and every one of you are important to me.

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Lily - October 12, 2012 - 12:35 pm

this is literally the cutest thing I have ever seen in my entire life.

Alyson Ross-Markley - October 12, 2012 - 8:11 pm

I completely admire your energy, talent and resourcefulness!!!! What an amazing and magical 5th birthday party for Miss Lil. So glad I could be there!

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