Last Saturday we had a little birthday party for Alana. We managed to sandwich it between a couple different rounds of sickness, so we were very thankful that we were able to pull off a party at all! I would have loved to have done something a little more exciting, but with sickness, pregnancy, the holiday craze, and business, it seems that all I could manage was to invite a few friends and family over to our house, order some cupcakes, make a few snacks, and call it a day. Not that I think going overboard is a good idea, but sometimes life just feels a little too hectic to really plan and prepare.
October and November have been particularly busy for us with Rich Smith Photography, which is obviously a very exciting, good thing. But I’m the kind of person who needs to constantly remind myself (or have my husband remind me!) that being busy is GOOD. It all just seems to catch up with me from time to time and I have to cry, complain about how I wish we had more free time, and then I feel better and I’m able to enjoy the blessings in my life. Like having an uber talented photographer for a husband who has been running around photographing engagement sessions and weddings like a crazy person 🙂 Truly, though, I love this industry and the people in it, I love this job, and I love what we get to do.
Aside from all of this, a much more important topic awaits: the third birthday party of the miniature love of our life. Alana has changed SO much in the past year, we didn’t know what to expect from her with all the birthday attention. Even though she knew all of her birthday party guests very well, it turned out to still be very overwhelming for her to have them all here at once and focused on her. She didn’t seem to know what to do, and was very mellow and cautious throughout the process.
We began by chatting and snacking with family and friends, but by the time she began opening presents, it seemed she was almost in shut-down mode. Kinda funny, with Rich and I as her (extroverted) parents, to have a toddler who is either introverted or perhaps just going through a phase in which she is uncomfortable being the center of attention. We will continue to see her little personality emerge as she grows. Regardless, she was a little apprehensive and not at all overtly giddy with the gift opening.
I got some super cute colors of rock candy for favors for the kids…
Rich started out with Alana opening gifts, and they were so cute together. Thank you SO MUCH to our dear friend Nathan Holritz, who grabbed our camera and offered to shoot while we were opening gifts with Alana. The remainder of these photos are by Nathan!
We ordered some fabulous Gigi’s Cupcakes for the party…and they were a hit. I was excited to learn that there are actually 3 different sizes offered, not just the extra large size (with loads of icing) seen when you visit the store. There is also a medium (“standard”) size that I ordered, and a mini size that can be pre-ordered as well 🙂 FYI.
I thought for sure Alana would choose the “birthday surprise” cupcake with pink frosting for her cupcake, but she shocked me and chose the “wedding cake” one that is pictured below – it’s all white. Um, does this mean she is growing up WAY too fast or what???
She was equally mellow and unsure about what to do during the singing of the birthday song…
…but with a little encouragement she seemed to enjoy herself 🙂
Um, it’s pretty cute how she blew out her candles…
…and ate her frosting. No, she never even made it to the cake. She filled up on frosting 🙂
Happy, happy third birthday baby girl! We could not be more proud of you and we certainly could not love you more!