Saturday, February 18, 2012

One.

Disclamer: Do you have an hour or so to spare?...You'll need it to get through this post. Honestly.

Well, it's been a long (but in a good way) week of celebrations around here, starting last Sunday with a small birthday lunch at Grandma and Grandpa's. Our good friends Marcus and Courtney were visiting from Seattle and had no choice but to join in :) As always, Mark and Peggy whipped up some amazing tasting food and the weather was perfect, allowing us to enjoy our wine alfresco on the terrace. Noah (who stuck with water), liked all the attention and his presents too (though the paper and ribbon still proved the most fascinating :).


Since his favourite food in the whole world is banana, I decided to make Noah a healthy-alternative  banana-blueberry birthday cake and was happy to find a good looking recipe online that was sort of sugar free, with apple juice concentrate as only added sweetener. Scrumptiously delicious? I wouldn't go that far, but the little guest of honour loved it which was the most important thing and we thought it made a pretty tasty treat the next day, warmed and with a nice cup of tea.

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On Valentine's Day - his actual b-day, he woke up to find a big, huggable lamb critter chair in his room, courtesy of Mormor in Sweden...

Soo cuddly and soft, I kind of wish it came in a bigger size...

There was also a brand new "vintage" race car, because you know, every baby totally needs one.



When making birthday plans, we - of course - tried to think about what Noah would like to do the most. Being one year young, his preferred activities are somewhat restrictive and mostly involve chasing Moses around the apartment, pulling stuff out of cupboards and bookshelves, banging things together to make a loud noise, putting small choking-hazardous objects in his mouth... you get my drift. But then we thought: he loves the outdoors and he LOVES animals! The Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens beckoned... 



To say that it was a hit with him would be an understatement. Sean and I are already plotting our next trip, for which we aim to leave much earlier in the day so that we don't get there 45 min before the zoo keepers put all the animals to bed (!) 

So yeah, it was a short, sweet and quite intense visit :) but after gorging on many a cup of Cheerios (his second fave food that, thankfully, they sold at the zoo cafe), shrieking at the flamingos, waving to the gorillas, barking at the Bolivian wolf and gaping in awe of the huge American black bear, Noah contentedly passed out in his stroller and missed nothing but a small alligator on the way out...


You really thought that was it, didn't you? 

Nope, there's more. (Yay?)

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Whenever one reaches a milestone in life, like say graduating from college... or getting engaged... or being legally allowed to drink and/or vote... or turning one year old... there's nothing quite like celebrating with one's contemporaries. Luckily for Noah, he happens to be a part of this little gang of babies who were all born within a week of one another; Naturally they wanted to get together for a picnic.
Mommies were cordially invited and fun was had by all, there was chicken salad and organic chips and sparkling cider and fresh berries and vanilla cupcakes and even gift swapping. The location was Coldwater Canyon Park, Beverly Hills, where the sun always shines and the paparazzi usually lurk on account of the many celebrities that live nearby. Thursday was no exception, so don't be too surprised if you spot one or two of these little faces in the tabloids next week...



Ok, The End, I promise. :) 

This time next year; Terrible Twos...






1 comment:

Liz said...

What a wonderful day - I wish I were there! Happy Birthday handsome!

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