I’m super behind in sharing about Shiloh’s birthday party. I guess we’ve just been crazy busy around here! Her actual birthday was April 20, but we held off on the big celebration until the middle of May, when my parents were visiting. We hosted a ton of friends and neighbors in our home here in Nairobi.
Shiloh is a big fan of Minnie Mouse, so we went with a “Minnie’s Ice Cream Shop” theme, complete with a toppings bar and lots and lots of cupcakes. No, it wasn’t really “Pinterest worthy”, but that’s something I’ve really come to value about doing life here. No one seems to care about that stuff! And honestly, it’s really refreshing. My motto this year was, “If it causes stress and makes me lose focus of what the entire birthday party is about, it’s out!” I was really able to enjoy Shiloh and all of our friends and family as a result.
My mom was kind enough to bring over some party supplies from the States, along with a great little party dress I found for a steal on Zulily. While over the top themes and decorations aren’t a big deal, party dresses are! Shiloh’s just getting into that stage where she enjoys being “girly”, and it’s really fun to watch her get excited about things like dresses and purses. (But I still love how she gets equally excited about going out to play in the mud or pretending she’s flying an airplane too…)
My favorite part of the day was when our friends sang happy birthday, first the Kenyan version, followed by the American. It sounded like a choir… but I guess that’s what you get when you put a ton of musically gifted people in one place! 🙂
It’s a bittersweet thing, watching your baby grow into a little girl with her own ideas and opinions and personality. I’m so proud of the kind heart she has and the way she is so sensitive to others. I have never met someone so friendly and bold! Shiloh knows no strangers and she goes through life with such JOY! Looking forward to learning more about who this sweet little soul is with every day that is ahead. It’s such a honor and a joy to get to be her mom.
Thanks to all of our family and friends who helped us love on Shiloh, whether you live near or far! Here’s a few pictures from the party for those who couldn’t be there.