Happy Birthday, Harrison Hunter Knight!
Wow. Harrison is one today. In some ways, I can't believe it. In others, I feel like I have aged 10 years in the past year. This boy lives large, loves hard and sleeps light. But is it worth it? You bet. He definitely belongs in this family, and it's hard to imagine life without him. His presence rounds us out in that "we were too clean anyway" way.
As his birthday fell on Sunday, it made for a great afternoon to have friends over. We didn't make a big fuss over things. The hope was for the day to be easy... both on our guests and ourselves. I just made a cake, tied up some balloons and bunting, tossed a bunch of ice in the sink and stuck bottles in it for a cooler. For the kids, we filled milk bottles with juice, chocolate & vanilla milk ... it was a tiny way to make the day a bit more fun.
The cake was chocolate with cream cheese & oreo icing, and really delicious considering how simple it was to make. It tasted like a giant oreo cookie in cake form. I have a feeling we'll be having that for many birthdays in the future.
But the hero of the day was Harrison. Who, despite being away from 03:00am-06:00am the night before was the life of the party. The highlight of the day was, most likely, when 7 adults were feeding him grapes, talking to him in baby talk and waving at him. He looked like a cross between someone that was starstruck... and a Roman god.
The day was great. The party was easy. The friends were dear.
Behind every great picture of kids...
are some parents working really hard to make it happen.
I have to say, it feels really good to have a birthday arrive for a child that is so light-hearted. It's a bit of a new experience, and I have to say- I love it. Much like Harrison himself: light-hearted and easy going.
Happy birthday, Harrison! We're so much better with you here!
*images original to Aspiring Kennedy