One thing I’m learning as I get older (and especially as a parent) is that most plans never work out the way we think they should or as we hope they will! And when life does throw you those curve balls, you can either be miserable about it or just try and make the best of it! I try my best to live by the saying, “When life gives you lemons, make lemonade!”
I have to go ahead and be honest and say that Savannah’s 1st birthday was a mess! It was memorable to say the least, but more than likely we will look back on it with some good laughs at how bad the weekend was rather than all the picture perfect memories we made!
I need to preface this by mentioning that my mother broke her second femur bone on Friday morning, just hours before she and my father were due to get in the car to come down for the weekend for Savannah’s party. She had broken her first femur bone 2 months ago, so needless to say, this was a total shock to everyone!
Since she was having surgery the following day, we decided to cancel the small family party we had planned and head up to Baltimore for the weekend to see my mom. It didn’t hit me until late on Friday night and I had a breakdown. In the scheme of life, cancelling your daughter’s first birthday is not a huge deal, but I just needed to get out my emotion about everything!
In hopes of salvaging the food that I had prepared, I packed it all up and brought it with us! I figured we could also try and have some sort of party in the evening after my mom got out of surgery and was more settled. I was determined to have some sort of celebration for our sweet girl! I got the idea for the snowman cheeseball and the snowman cake pops from Pinterest after deciding on a Winter Onederland theme a few weeks ago. I had planned to make some sugar cookies and do a hot cocoa bar, but those didn’t happen since we were in Baltimore.
As it turned out, my mom didn’t end up in surgery until 3pm, so my father missed the entire day with us. We were able to see my mom before surgery, but didn’t have time to go back to see her after the surgery.
My sister and her family were phenomenal and humored me by attending our mini party for Savannah! Here are some more of the pictures.
Isn’t my nephew Matthew the cutest?
Someone wasn’t quite sure what to think of everyone singing to her!
I think someone will be asking for 2 front teeth this Christmas!
Baby Ugg boots! How cute!
Although our party wasn’t quite what we had originally planned, it was a great reminder of what is truly important in life. The memories made and the time with family is more important than any “picture perfect” event that I could have ever attempt to create. And for the record, my mom has been a huge trooper through all this. She just may be the new bionic woman too with her brand new metal femurs.