Simple Celebrations Can Make The Sweetest Memories

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Two days ago was a big day for us here in Sweetieland. Mr. Sweetie turned one year old!!

It was a beautiful day, even the rain happened early in the morning to leave the afternoon sunny for our party at the park. It ended up a tad on the windy and cool side (about 58 degrees), but we managed to locate an unoccupied table out of the way and a small group of family and friends gathered to enjoy the celebration. It happened to be located right by a kiddie train track that takes part visitors around the park. This just added to the fun as it drove by several times as Mr. Sweetie and I stood nearby and waved at all the people on the train. They, in turn, had great fun waving back and calling out “happy birthday” as they could see the “Happy Birthday” balloon at our table.

Mami made a wonderful cake using coconut flour and a little agave syrup, topped with a touch of homemade whipped cream (using organic heavy cream), so everyone – even Mr. Sweetie – could enjoy it. He really surprised me, as he is still eating only very small amounts of solid food and usually responds with that funny OMG-I-just-sucked-on-a-lemon face, but he enjoyed his cake! Not sure if it was the coconut, agave, whipped cream or love that made it tasty to him, but he enjoyed it right along with everyone else.

The wind kept blowing the tied down helium-filled birthday balloons over by Mr. Sweetie as I was holding him, and he laughed delightedly each time while doing his best to grab them.

Mami also opted to bring a pinata – no candy, but filled with little action figures, balls, toy animals and baby utensils. Cisco skillfully threw a rope high up in a tall tree and hung the pinata like a professional. We all had such a good time with this that they feel they really want to make it a birthday tradition for the family.

Since the three children attending were all within a week of being 1 year old, the adults took blindfolded turns smacking on the pinata until its contents started to fall out on the ground. What fun!! Several of us had not done that for years and years. Once we had it broken open, the babies were able to reach a couple of the objects hanging out the side and participate in their own way with the pinata.

After two or three hours of wind, sun, balloons, food, cake, waving at people on trains, visiting, silliness and pinatas, we packed up all the remaining items and hauled them to the car to head for home and a much needed nap by Mr. Sweetie.

Everything was a reminder that simple celebrations and noticing the wonder and magic all around us, like the bark on a tree, the crunchy sound of fall leaves under our feet, birthday balloons dancing in the wind, the joy of children and parents waving on a train, and so many other things, can make any day a really sweet memory.

Blessings to you and thank you for all the loving parenting you do; it makes a better world, one Sweetie at a time.

Hug attached,

Koolma  : )


What sorts of activities and traditions have you tried and found to be keepers for your family celebrations?  Have you found simple ways to have awesome fun celebrations?

We’d love to hear from you, so please share your thoughts and experiences in the comments section so we can help each other; remember, we are all in this together!


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