Last weekend we celebrated Isaac’s 1st birthday. I had the hardest time thinking of a theme, I blame it on my sleep-deprived brain, but Aunt Kim came through with the splish, splash idea which is perfect because Isaac loves things all water – bath, pool, water table, or water bottles…he’s in and splashing :)
It was quite the intimate affair as many of our usual guests were out-of-town on vacation or have moved away :( But it was a fun time none-the-less! I debated and toiled over what to serve for lunch, but we decided on the easy route and went with ordering in some pizza.
Here are the birthday party details:
For all the boys’ parties, I make the banners, birthday signs and cupcake toppers. I found the pinwheels, paper plates, and napkins at Dollar Tree. The streamers for the backdrop were from Wal-Mart. I’ve never done a backdrop before but I thought it would be a fun and different look to go with the water theme. It only took about 20 minutes to make. I was able to decorate for under $10 as I’ve collected the rest of the items over time from previous parties.
Just like his older brothers, Isaac participated in the traditional Korean Dol ceremony. In Korea, the first birthday is a big deal; the parties there look like a wedding reception. The tradition is to lay out items in front of the birthday child as he or she wears the traditional Korean outfit. The items: string for a long life; money for wealth; pencil for wisdom are the traditional items. We added a computer mouse for a career in technology and a Bible for a vocation to the priesthood.
Isaac picked the mouse first and then went for the pencil…so a very smart techie in the future, just like mommy and daddy :)
Michael wrote a sweet little tribute and prayer to Isaac. A tradition we plan to start for each boy on their special day.
A Consecration to the Infant Jesus on Isaac’s First Birthday
Today Linda asked for me to do a special blessing for Isaac since all our family and friends are here and it was a special occasion so thinking a good idea, I figured to go a little farther and do a full consecration–not an exorcism–but a consecration for Isaac and to whom better than The Infant Jesus.
This past year, you have accomplished much, mainly in the aspects of survival. I not only offer this special consecration for you, we also pray for your guardian angel, whom has worked tirelessly to protect you, or sometimes we are left to wonder, did he protect you? Whether it has been from the numerous tumbles down flights of stairs; or taking not one, but two, shots to the face with the indoor hockey puck (one of those shots which I scored from) to the endless rough attacks by wild animals, that is, animals your bigger brothers pretend to be; such as cheetahs, bears, snakes and hunters. Of course we can’t forget when a dart war breaks out, you always seem to be a target–such as war, innocents always get shot. You have survived and enjoyed the wild life of none other than Sin City, Las Vegas; probably enjoyed a little too much come to think of it. So I would like to now have your brothers recite the Guardian Angel prayer for you now in thanksgiving to your angel for your survival.
Let not your cuteness fool anyone; you have been quite a challenge, dare I say even earning the nick name “Damian and Diablo” a few times. You sleep in a closet, albeit, cozy, it’s a closet none-the-less. So now, let us take this special moment to offer your consecration to the Infant Jesus for all His blessings to come upon you for this next year and the years to come.
In the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Ghost. – Amen.
Sweetest Jesus, under the protection of the Immaculate Virgin, Thy Mother, and of Saint Joseph, today we offer Isaac and is Guardian Angel at Thy Feet and to Thee, Jesus, Who in Thy Nativity are given entirely to us. We consecrate Isaac’ heart, his soul and his whole self in order to love Thee and serve Thee with all his strength.
Our Divine Savior, inspire the hearts of everyone here today an ardent love of Thy adorable Infancy. O Holy Child Jesus, grant that all may know the omnipotence of Thy littleness and humility. Instill Thy simplicity and innocence in our hearts, especially Isaac. Watch over Isaac and continue to protect him and continue to strengthen his Guardian Angel.
O Divine Infant King, have mercy on us and grant us our petitions. Amen.
Isaac, while sometimes—ok—a lot of times, I have cursed thy name for that troublesome attitude of yours, know deep down, I don’t mean any of it, because your cuteness always prevails. As they would say in Ancient Rome—Ego amo te. I love you.
And then there were gifts! The brothers loved “helping” you open them and by this I mean, they did open all your gifts and showcase to the guests all that you received. Noah made sure I read your cards aloud as well. Your favorite gifts were clothes and a toy truck you had to fight Levi for.
And then the moment all your brothers had been anxiously waiting for…cupcakes!!! I really thought you were going to love cake, but you weren’t too impressed. But ice cream on the other hand, you do enjoy!
Happy 1st birthday to my sweet, non-sleeping, bundle of energy that is you, Isaac! We love you!