Thursday, September 29, our precious baby girl turned 1! Where has this year gone? It truly is absolutely amazing to see a newborn go to a walking, jabbering, feeding herself, defiant toddler in just 12 months.
We made the decision a few months ago to put aside what we would’ve normally done for a birthday and instead, do a typical, cultural Peruvian birthday party. We were told there are three important events in a Peruvian woman’s life – and they all hold the same level of importance: her 15th birthday, her wedding day, and… her 1st birthday. I recruited the help of a good friend, Elsa, and went to work.
In the end, our party was Friday, the 30th at 5pm (the 30th happened to be Elsa’s birthday, too!). We had around 60 people show up (between students, missionaries, and children) and it lasted just under 2 hours. To make it “our” party, I chose to serve brownies instead of cake (brownies are not normally eaten here so everyone loooves them) and I made sugar cookies in the shapes of “1” and hearts. I decided to make the cake a decoration and something we should eat at home. In the end, I made 4 batches of brownies, 5 dozen cookies, plus the cake. Phew.
We went shopping with Elsa Monday night and bought everything else – candy, gifts for the children, pinata, decorations, cookies, snacks, paper products, drinks. Goodness. At least we were able to do it all the local market and only visited 3 tiendas to get everything.
The birthday party included singing, 3 games, a pinata, singing to Elena, and opening presents. We had a really great time, it went super well, and Elena received many lovely gifts.
We continued the celebrating Saturday morning by Skyping with my parents. Elena opened her presents from us while my parents watched, so that was fun. Saturday afternoon, she got to try her first piece of birthday cake! And Saturday night, she opened one last gift from mom and dad. Definitely a birthday weekend. =)
Here are a few pictures from the party, opening gifts at home, and eating birthday cake. If you’d like more, I posted the rest on my Facebook page.