It’s been almost a full year since I last posted on here. SO MUCH has happened and I fell off the blogging wagon. I’ll go into more details later but let’s just say I dealt with a great deal of anxiety and panic attacks in 2015 and I pretty much lost my way. Being a mother proved to be difficult and challenging for me, way more than it seemed for other moms who looked like they were dancing their way through motherhood. I think I must have aged, like, 20 years! Grey hair, wrinkles, poor digestion, migraines up the hoo-ha…you name it and I developed it all this past year. But on the flip side despite being paranoid, anxious, fearful and just plain batshit CRAZY, I somehow raised a bright, energetic, talkative, happy little boy. I don’t know how and why, but he is the complete opposite of me THANK GOD :)
Speaking of the little fella, he turned two a few days ago and I wanted to share a few pics. His first bday party was a complete zoo. We casually invited people last year but no one RSVPd and we figured no one would come since it was a holiday week. Well, 45 people wound up showing up and we ran out of food, drink and space. Never again. I’m so not down with the stress of entertaining a bunch of people especially when it’s not expected.
But this year, we kept it super mellow with the grandparents and a few neighbors on our street. A couple of tasty sweet treats (picked up from the farmers market that morning) + apple juice satisfied everyone’s bellies. We held the little gathering in our backyard in the afternoon, threw some cotton dhurrie rugs on the ground with colorful cushions, filled up a couple of balloons for Ben, put on some funk music and called it a day. It was GREAT!
WeWe said no gifts but our dear neighbors still brought Ben presents. I always believe in sending thank you notes as soon as possible so I got a little creative (and frugal, ok!) with our thank yous. Ben’s scribbled paper adds a personal touch to these “cards” :) We dropped them off in the mailboxes during our evening doggie walk.
Who doesn’t love some balloons?? Ben was SO happy with his bunch, he even said “ohhhh, thank you mommy!!”
When Ben woke up on his birthday, Chris and I ran in singing happy birthday and presented him with his gift box. A simple basket from Ikea which I’m now using as a diaper basket in the bedroom (thanks, Ben!), a stuffed dog that looks just like one of our dogs, and a $2.99 firetruck from TJ Maxx that he is obsessed with. We also spent a portion of his birthday chilling at the beach in perfect 68 degree weather at the end of November. Los Angeles, folks! That’s why we live here.