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Sunday, February 6, 2011

"You know you're in love when you can't fall asleep because reality is finally better than your dreams." - Dr. Seuss

Yesterday was jackson's first birthday party. it was a seuss'ical good time. It was cold and snowy outside, but it was warm inside with a house full of love, all here for this little man who has forever changed our lives. Ironically identical to the feeling in the hospital this time last year. 

As I was gathering all things Dr. Seuss for his party, I started to realize just how genius that man was. Not only were his writings so entertaining for kids (and us big kids) all of all sizes, but the wisdom he poured out is timeless. Many things I pray and wish for Jackson and often wonder in what ways I will give these lessons to him... whether in words or in actions or sitting back and letting him learn on his own... well, all of these things Dr. Seuss summarizes up in his books perfectly.

"You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You're on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the one who'll decide where to go..." 

"Today you are You, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is Youer than You." 

The MOST perfect cake. Not only what is the most adorable cake I have ever seen with the most stunning details, but to top it off it was the best-tasting gluten-free cake we have ever had. Thank you, Molly! Search "Molly Gaynor Cakes" on Facebook to see more of her creations.

Clearly, it was only fitting that Jackson eat his first piece of birthday cake off of this beautiful hand-painted plate made by Aedriel. Stunning! She is now selling this plate design on her Etsy shop here. The plan is to have such a plate made for each birthday so that he has a full set of the most amazing memory plates when he has a family of his own. 

The birthday party invite designed by another talented Etsy shop-owner- her shop is hereHis shirt was also an Etsy-creation, that shop is here. What did people do before Etsy existed? 

My little man's monthly photos... 0-12 as seen here

"The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go." 
"Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot,
Nothing is going to get better. It's not." 

"Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living, it's a way of looking at life through the wrong end of a telescope." 


"Think left and think right and think low and think high. Oh, the thinks you can think up if only you try!" 

"In my world, everyone's a pony and they all eat rainbows and poop butterflies!" 

"You're off to Great Places! Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting, So... get on your way!" 

"So be sure when you step, Step with care and great tact. And remember that life's A Great Balancing Act. And will you succeed? Yes! You will, indeed! (98 and ¾ percent guaranteed) Kid, you'll move mountains." 

"You’ll miss the best things if you keep your eyes shut." 

"There's no limit to how much you'll know, depending how far beyond zebra you go." 


  1. Love the Seuss theme! I re-fell in love with Seuss when I did Seussical two years ago :) Hope JP's day was fabulous!

  2. adorable party! love the candy table and cake! makes me excited and a little sad for our little girls soon to be 1st birthday :)


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