Our small family gathering to celebrate my little daughter’s entrance into this world went off without a hitch. I am beyond thrilled to see her continue to grow and develop into the kind, spunky, bold little lady she has already proven herself to be. I love being her mother and helping point her in the direction of her dreams. Today was a lovely day. I thought of something I once heard Elder Boyd K. Packer say, ” Each time a child is born, the world is renewed in innocence.” I have felt that renewal in our home over the last year and feel humbly grateful to have been entrusted with her care.
After listening to many other mom friends bemoan our over-the-top and Pinterest-saturated children’s parties we went simple. I wanted to enjoy the day with the Beenster, not be Martha Stewart. I made a simple “watermelon cake which” was organic, vegan, inexpensive and…
s-i-m-p-l-e. Here is how you make it.
She didn’t know what to do with all the adoring adults around her. She loved it.
(Disclosure: I did find the crown idea on Pinterest, so sue me.) This photo completely captures what it is like when her uncles visit. They adore her. She is the queen. As a matter of fact, we nearly named her “LaRae”, which means “The Queen”.
After her nap she woke with hair worthy of a Dr. Seuss book. She had no idea what kind of deluge of new toys awaited her in the living room.
Here we are a year ago:
Photos and post by adoring, noob mama, Leah Sidwell, a Charlottesville area photographer and videographer.