I’m grateful to have been this little guy’s mother for a second year and for half of it, watch him grow to love his brother. Like weddings, birthdays are special because it’s an occasion for family to gather and celebrate.

Birthdays are stressful to plan so I decided that this “party” would be simple and centered around Eli, not around the ideas that society tells us are important aspects of a good party.

  1. We decided on a morning party, because that’s what works best for our family. We skipped offering snacks and just ordered pizza for everyone who showed up. No RSVPs and food preparation!
  2. Momma made a cake because like Halloween costumes, it’s her most favorite maternal duty. (A blog post on how to make this cake is coming next week!)
  3. We set up a kiddie pool and slip and slide (yay $5 bargain bin sale) and let the kids enjoy the July heat.
  4. We kept the invite list to 4 families to keep the chaos to a minimum.
  5. We got 100 water balloons ready and it took about 2 hours. The kids had used them after just 120 seconds. Later that week, I discovered this Kickstarter campaign and supported them to save me from the work next year.
  6. Later that day, Uncle Billy got down on one knee and asked Aunt Sam to marry him.

Here are some images from the day. I threw caution to the wind and used exclusively film for his party. It just felt like it went with the theme of enjoy the day, focus on what matters. (The images were taken using a Canon EOS-1N on Portra 160 and Portra 400 (both pushed one) developed and scanned by theFINDlab.)

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