We'll start with Eliza Grace's party because it was first. Her first birthday was on the 10th. She had phone calls from a couple of her great grandparents (I was completely impressed that they remembered her special day- so sweet) to start the day off and then as a family we went out to eat and opened her birthday presents.
In Korea the first birthday party is called the Dol and it is a BIG deal. Here's a fun website to browse- check out the check list for your dol. Let's just say, we missed a few things! One fun part of the Dol is the doljabi. This is a game where the baby is place in front of a group of toy objects that represent things in her future. The party guests watch as the baby crawls to and grabs something of interest. The first things the baby grabs are supposedly the most significant- or will be their career.
We did a version of this. Obviously Eliza Grace wasn't here to choose so I printed a few cards with some icons on them folded them up, put them in a bag, and Wilson and Miller got to choose- blindly. Miller chose an abacus and Wilson chose a crown. So we'll have a royal accountant! (the other options were a computer, drafting table, microphone, black board, and paint- mostly things from our family members' occupations)
At the end of the week it was FINALLY time for Miller to celebrate with her friends. This was quite the wait for a three year old. She new she was having a party at the church with the jumpy and her friends and asked everyday between her real birthday and the party day if TODAY was the day for the jumpy (eight days- in case you were wondering!) She had a great party. All she really requested were cupcakes- so the church and jumpy were just icing on the, well, cupcakes! The highlight was that the tube from the jumpy to the blower kept coming detached. Most kids were traumatized, but Miller who knows no fear thinks it's hilarious and is still talking about "da jumpy fell down!" with a huge smile on her face!
Pirate cupcakes for the boys
Princess cupcakes for the girls
The initial spontaneous jumpy deflation
Unca John getting schooled in the finer points of princess beauty products