09 June 2005
the big one
ezra is turning one this saturday and preparations for his first big blow-out birthday bash are enthusiastically underway. I am in a state of disbelief over how quickly his first year has flown by me, can't believe the big day is literally right around the corner. didn't we just watch ava stick both hands into her first birthday cake?
ava's first party was a raging success, with daisies and bubbles and family all over the place. as I remember it, she seemed to be completely puzzled by the whole scene (as most babies are)... looking at all of us like, "why are all these people standing around me smiling and clapping and singing? what's the deal with all these bubbles? can I eat the flowers? what's this strange hat doing on my head? and more importantly, why is it all of the sudden 'okay' for me to dig my hands into this big gooey thing? it's almost as if they WANT me to eat it!"... and once she figured it all out I'm here to tell you she was into that chocolate cake UP TO HER ELBOWS. by the time she finished, it looked as if she was wearing chocolate boxing gloves. that's my girl, I thought. and now she will be turning five this summer. I am beginning to realize why my dad gets that misty, faraway look in his eyes when he talks about the time in his life when me and my brothers were kids. he's always saying he'd give anything to go back and re-live those days. now I'm starting to understand why.