Friday, July 29, 2011

He's One!

The past few weeks have been really busy for us.  School, work and a big birthday bash!  Oh yes, my little Renzo is now 1 year old.  We celebrated his birthday the weekend prior to his actual birthday so that family and friends could come and enjoy.  

We did "The Very Hungry Caterpillar" as the party theme.  This has been Renzo's bedtime story since Day 1 and we figured we should just go with something he's familiar with (I'll save the Circus theme for next time!).  The party was held at the park and my sister, Leah have helped so much in the preparations.  She designed the invites which we sent out a month before the birthday, and then she also made a sign frame for the guest to leave messages for Renzo as well as the photo board.  The party venue was adorned with red and green balloons with white tables and chairs.  We also hanged some crepe papers up on the tree (Don't ask how we did it but the good thing was we we're able to put it down after the party)  We served all the food that the caterpillar ate - yes! apple, plum, pears, strawberries, oranges, chocolate cake etc etc!  Renzo's birthday cake was chocolate and we also had a smash cake which was carrot made for him.  The kids also enjoyed the banana cupcakes.  

The highlight of the party was the puppet show based on the story.  Renzo's cousins were the great puppeteer and narrator.  Kids and adults-alike had fun watching the puppet show.  Afterwards, the puppets led the crowd in the singing of "Happy Birthday" for Renzo. This was followed by the blowing of the cake (Of course, it was mom and dad who blew the cake - Renzo just watched.)  

There were also a lot of games - guessing game, pass the orange, water balloon toss and trip to market (food caterpillar ate).  Here are some photos from the big day... 

 Happy Birthday, dear Renzo!  Here's to the best 12 months of Daddy and Mommy's life and here's to many years of love and laughter for you!

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

He's Now 11 Months!

My baby is now 11 months old... Well, make it 11 1/2 months cause he celebrated it about 2 weeks ago.  Time is going way too fast for us.  I can see how much he's grown every since he was still in mommy's womb.  My little egg, turned into a baby who's turning into a little man....  Yes, much like a caterpillar turning into a butterfly.  Hence, to celebrate his first year, we've decided to go with a favorite book - "The Very Hungry Caterpillar"  by Eric Carle.  I've read this to him since day 1, and it has become his bedtime story.  

We have big plans for his 1st birthday.  I originally wanted to do a Circus theme with clowns, magicians, cotton candy etc... The works!  However, my hubby and I decided that he's  still too young to appreciate magic and cotton candy so we'll go with something simpler.  Besides, we want him to celebrated with something familiar and the hungry caterpillar is.  I'll post more about the birthday plans later.

In the meantime,  here are photos from the 11th month celebration.  Happy birthday, little guy! Love you!