6 April 2017

Mr Leafy is ONE!

We had a lovely first birthday celebration for our little Mr Leafy recently, just with family...
The first birthday is I think, the most important birthday of your life, your first ever year out in the world, and the year that you will develop and learn the most in your life.
It is also the first ever day that is just for you! Yep, it's a pretty special day I think. So I tried my best to make it as nice as I could, with cake and decorations and all that.

Because it is nearly Easter, which we associate with the ancient celebration of spring, I thought I'd bring a bit of spring into our house. In fact on his birthday, the weather was more like summer!

I found these little eggs in a shop in town, so hidden underneath them is some tiny chocolate eggs!

I cut some branches from our fruit trees (which are undergoing a pruning this year anyways) and they blossomed just in time!

I made a vanilla cake again, which has lots of yogurt and cream cheese involved...I found these animals to put on top which are also toys too, win win!


And I had some of the snaps on my iPhone made in a book, because it's nice to have them to look at easily.


I made some salads and a Leafy pie!


It was so warm that we opened up the doors to the garden. It really was a beautiful sunniest day ever!






He had so many lovely presents, and some beautiful toys all the way from Granny and Granddad in Japan too!
We had the cake outside...


I made a strawberry salad to go with the cake. He looooved it (his first proper cake experience 😂).

My mister made him this amazing little van out of solid silver sheet, which he had engraved with his name...



and the packaging! 😍



Overall, it was the perfect day, with no crying or meltdowns involved, YES!

I cannot fathom that I now have a four year old and a one year old. I will never come to terms with the surreal nature of having children, and that they came from me...it is beyond science fiction, almost dream-like. 
In everyday life we generally take it for granted, but for a few moments each day, I think how magical and otherworldly it is, to have these two little people in our house. My brain starts to heat up just thinking about it, and then I have to go and change a nappy or wipe snot from a nose.

24 comments:

  1. Absolutely beautiful! Where are the recipes from? X

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  2. Seems like you all had a perfect day. All the best wishes to Leif!

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  3. My heart is filled with the "lushness" of your love for your family. You and your husband make ordinary into extraordinary, and the care and thoughtfulness you put
    Into celebrating is so joy-filled. I savor each picture and congratulate you in your success at including your readers with each detail. Thank you and many happy
    Returns for Mr. Leafy and the stardust princess, Pehr

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  4. Happy Birthday to your beautiful boy! Aw, these years are so very short so scoop him up as often as you can xxx

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  5. The Van! 😍 The kids can be proud of their talented parents! Happy birthday Leif!

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  6. Beautiful post..simply beautiful!

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  7. Ahhhhhh....... well done to you and your hubby on your beautiful family and home and wishing your little man Leif a very Happy Birthday. :)

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  8. Oh my gosh! This all looks so magical and perfect. How beautiful the table and decorations are, your creativity is a wonder. and that van from dad. wow. amazing weather too - a dream! just loved this post.

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  9. AND wanted to add ... even more beautiful are those kiddos! your best work!

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  10. Happy Birthday, Mr. Leafy. I love the reminder that birthdays are so important- my first turns 14 on Friday- she can't get her head around it- and neither can I!

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  11. It's amazing how time flies...It looks like yesterday that Pehr was born and now she's four already and you also have one year old! I don't have children but I always thought that it must be really surreal. I still don't understand how and where they come from.

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  12. Happy birthday to Leif. Leif was a very used name her in Denmark in the 50' and 60' when i was a child. Then a lot of years, as very old school name. Now it' comming up again togethe with a lot of other "old" names.

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  13. Поздравляем!!!!!

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  14. Happy 1st Birthday to Leif!!! Looks like it was a awesome party. I love his silver truck, that is amazing. Your home is beautiful, and I really like the way you can open it up to the outside world.

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  15. As someone who never wanted to have children (I am now 58), your photos are so evocative - that deep down, far away, I feel inklings of something...far away.... That pie - I didn't notice the name at first - lovely! And the silver van - wow - what talent - it is a priceless and precious little item. Best wishes from Quebec, Canada. (http://catwhisperer.blogspot.ca/) Anya

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  16. <3 <3 <3 <3 everything!!!

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  17. Happy Mr Leafy's birthday to all of you! That's a gorgeous cake.

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  18. Looks like a very Happy Birthday, what a sweetheart!

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  19. Beautifully said. Happy birthday, little Leif!

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  20. Happy Birthday Mr 🍃! I love the comment left by Walkstallwoman! Completely agree! There is just love and creative energy in every image and it's a privilege to share your journey as a mum (and such a dedicated and creative mummy!) with you. The cake is gasp out loud gorgeous ☺️ And I totally echo your thoughts on motherhood - in fact every now and then I'll say to my EIGHTEEN YEAR OLD SON (gasp!) "I grew you!?!?!?" Xx

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  21. Thank you Artemis for sharing the beauty of your world! Happy Birthday (Omedeto Gozaimasu) to your little Leif! It looks like you had the most magical day!

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  22. I love your photos, what a beautiful day you had. I would love to know where you brought your blue blouse from?. xx

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