Wednesday, August 06, 2008

Birthday celebration


Kutti girl turned one on June 17.08. We didn't really have a formal party for her on that day. Her star date fell on July.3.08 - so we had an "Ayushomam" celebration for her at the local mandir. It was a really nice and warm gathering of about 30 people. Kids had a great time because I had taken balloons and couple of air pumps. They were all pretty engaged pumping the balloons with the older kids acting as leaders dispensing off different colored ones to the kids.

I had requested people to not bring any gifts and instead make a donation in honor of KG's birthday to St.Jude. I normally feel bad about making such requests because people actually want to give gifts for little children and see their excitement. I certainly do. But this time around, I felt KG was only a year old and she wouldn't care either way. I left it up to them to donate money or not. Many people were very happy to donate to St.Jude. Some of them anyway chose to give gifts for KG. But overall it was a satisfying feeling to have been able to send a good amount of money to a great organization in honor of KG's birthday.


For Kutti boy's birthday (or should I start calling him big boy now?), we had a small cake cutting event at home. It was not really a party - just cake and snacks in the evening. We had invited three of our friends and their kids who are also KB's friends. KB had a great time because the crowd was not overwhelming and the party didn't last too long nor did it have defined time limits as it would have been at party locations. We met at our place and had samosas and snacks, he cut the cake, the kids and parents sang a Sanskrit song wishing him and then the usual birthday song - KB was quite kicked by being the center of attention and had a smile on his face while they sang for him. The kids played in the yard with party hats and party horns and couple of coupe's I had out for them. The weather was awesome too. After an hour or so at home, we headed out to the park behind our place and had a bunch of bubble contraptions out for the kids. Some kids played on the slide and the others blew giant bubbles and made merry. The hard part was when parents had to somehow get these kids to go back home with them - they wanted to continue on with the bubbles and were not happy about having to go back home for dinner. And that set me on the traditional guilt trip - oh no, I should have made it a dinner party for every one - but in reality it would have been too much to organize a dinner party for so many people and yet keep it a low key, relaxing day for KB. Over all though, I was happy that the kids and KB had a nice time. BTW - the cake was a Winnie the Pooh cake as requested by KB. Every one really liked the cake. Dottie, the baking queen, no I did not bake it! :) I will get there some day! :)


Leaving you with a picture of KG sleeping on her favorite giant elephant and KB, the loving brother giving her company and resting on the elephant!

22 comments:

Girl Next Door (gnd) said...

omg! kutti looks ADORABLE in the paavadai! Another elephant lover, huh? T2 is crazy about elephants and has 2 small elepahnt stuffed toys :)
Both of them look awesome lying/sleeping on the elephant.
ya, I'm not crazy about saying no gifts either...and keep gift cards as a last resort too...but sometimes that's what works best!
You're right tho, the initial few years is when you can do that...
Happy birthday to both cutie pies!

Aditi's Album said...

KG looks so lovely in the green pavadai. And nice to know KB had fun on his birthday. And good thta you did not tire yourself out by making it a dinner party.

dipali said...

Such lovely children, God bless them both:)Sounds like a good party, which the birthday boy enjoyed.

Maggie said...

Gorgeous, gorgeous babies! And that last picture is completely heart-melting. Belated birthday wishes to them both!

Rohini said...

Lovely, lovely pic. Just read through the KB series - really awesome! Specially liked the "A day in the life..." one... happy belated birthday to both KB and KG

K 3 said...

Aww, Kutti looks so beautiful - a little princess! Sounds like it was celebrations galore at your house. Here's to many more! :)

Squiggles Mom said...

KG looks adorable in her pavadai. And having done a big shindig for S's bday I can't agree more with the approach you took. We had an ayushomam for S too at home on her star birthday. First birthday's are so special, na.

Sumana said...

I liked the thought of donating something on a special to make it ever so special. Wishing KG the very best wishes on her bday and same to KB too.

Mama - Mia said...

both the birthdays sound so pefect!! both KB and KG looks absolutely wonderful!! :)

god bless them with every happiness possible!!

cheers!

abha

DotThoughts said...

KG looks a delighful young lady in that green. very fetching. Love that pensive look. and kb is a big boy now :) Great pics! and happy budday to both kids.

noon said...

Thanks so much every one...sorry I have been so bad in responding to the comments - one thing or the another - got interrupted and somehow just let it just be...really enjoyed reading these comments - thanks!!!

Mamma mia! Me a mamma? said...

What beautiful children you have noon! And both the birthday celebrations sounded perfect! That fact that they enjoyed themselves and had a blast --- definite icing on the cake!

Nazar naa lag jaaye! God bless your beautiful creations!

karmickids said...

I loved the last pic. Adorable the two of them

bird's eye view said...

Kutti looks adorable - and she's just 11 days younger than Puddi! and I think you did KB's birthday just right - even we used to keep it a small, low key, high tea affair until he actually started having friends of his own, and he got to be the center of attention. Big parties small little kids, i feel.

Orchid said...

belated wishes to them both and thanks for sharing the pics..they look so cute!

ranjani.sathish said...

hellooo...
where have you gone ???!

Preethi said...

They look so adorable on the elephant and KG looks great in her Pavadai. Happy Birthday to the kids. And what a big heart you have noonie.. that is a wonderful idea donating to St Judes. Hugs to all the three of you!

noon said...

Thanks a lot for all your sweet comments about my kids - loved reading these comments!

mummyjaan said...

omg, what *cute* kids. God bless.

Funny thing about giant cuddly elephants - we have one too. It was the first toy that my older one picked up from the store by herself. They use it as a pillow and cuddle with it to sleep.

the mad momma said...

I love the pics.... where you hiding noonie?

Mystic Margarita said...

Noonie - Love the pics. KG looks so adorable :) Thought I had commented on this post, but I have been so scatter-brained these days that I can never be sure.

noon said...

Mummyjaan - thanks! :) Actually the elephant was gifted to them by my brother. He actually bought it for KB when my dad was staying with him. Apparently my dad used to sit next to this elephant in the den area in the house - cozy - drinking his coffee and watching TV. Somehow when I see the kind big eyes on this elephant, I think of my father's eyes and feel good to think my father knew of this giant elephant...as if a part of him got brushed off on to this elephant...hope you read this note - am going on and on! :)

MM - thanks girl. Not hiding. Just random stuff. Lots of visitors...and taking kids to summer stuff - parks/dance class for fun etc...so feel sleepy at night. I was thinking of you even this morn...about Bean, Brat...

Mystic - well, you can be sure I won't mind another comment from you even if you had commented before! :) Always a pleasure!