i am done with guilt

party girl
finished. i have no need for you anymore. i had all this guilt because i wasnt doing a whole list of things for arlo's first birthday party. you know, fabulous invites, favors, music, decorations blah blah blah. yesterday i broke free of all those trappings, why? because it was simple, easy and fun. thats right, i said fun! we had a great time, so relaxing. just friends hanging out, eating cake and plenty of space for kids to run around. really all that i ever want out of a party, and i am sure arlo would agree. so whew. it feels nice to have all that behind me. no more milestones for years to come i think. great! time to focus on the fun stuff like living, good weather, porch sitting, ice cream and night walks. yes. i think that sounds just about right. more pictures on flickr if you feel like looking. i know i love looking at pictures of people i dont know. seriously, i do. i dont want to jinx things, but it looks like kansas city is going to be cooperating on the weather front this week. blue skies and upper 50s. perhaps eliot can actually take his bike outside now. fingers crossed on that one. happy monday people, i am feeling it today!


Anonymous Nynke said...

Good thing you're not feeling guilty anymore. And Arlo, she's the cutest!

12:18 PM  
Blogger Heidijayhawk said...

happy monday and happy birthday arlo!

12:37 PM  
Anonymous melissa f. said...

yes, guilt-be-gone! about time :)

4:29 PM  
Anonymous blair said...

how could you look at that sweet face and NOT be done with the guilt? Look at her, she has all she needs there, right there. : )

5:33 PM  
Blogger molly said...

how come almost every time I comment on your blog I want to begin my comment with a big, "AMEN, sister!"?
I know that feeling of birthday hoop-la guilt so well. Glad you've moved on.
That little arlo, I can't believe she's one...which I think means I've known you now for a year, too. I think I started reading right when she was born:)

6:22 PM  
Anonymous abby said...

Wow, good for you! It feels sooo good to let go of guilt, doesn't it? Looks and sounds like fun:)

6:44 PM  
Blogger Molly said...

Hannah, you're such a good mom. Three cheers for parties where everything falls into place - and for living, good weather, porch sitting, ice cream, and night walks! You've got some lucky kiddos there.

9:09 PM  
Anonymous sally said...

Good for you...good food + good friends = the best party of all. Happy belated 1-year to Miss Arlo.

9:10 PM  
Anonymous nel said...

Don't give in to the guilt! If you're happy and having fun, then Arlo will be happy and having fun. A relaxed mum is sooo much better than a stressed mum!

4:19 AM  
Anonymous katiek said...

I totally agree, it's hard to have a birthday during cold and flu season. Happy Birthday Arlo, its been a great chubby year!

4:48 AM  
Anonymous julie said...

hannah, it really was a great party. so relaxing and perfect for my little guy to run and run and run. happy first b-day to our sweet little friend!

9:39 AM  
Anonymous stephanie said...

see ya later, guilt! my kids never even had first (or second or third) birthday parties.

brought me to tears with your post to arlo. can't believe she's one! give her a squishy hug.

11:41 AM  
Blogger amy h said...

Invites, favors, music? Those weren't really on the radar for Elise's number one. It looks like it was a fun time! Certainly nothing guilt-inducing -- quite the opposite!

1:02 PM  
Blogger lisa s said...

yay for putting guilt aside! sounds like it was a great celebration... and your list of things to do next is dreamy... particularly like porch sitting!

2:12 PM  
Blogger beth said...

sorry i missed it. that dress is exactly as i imagined it on her. perfect. :)

8:21 AM  

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