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Summer turned one year old last week and we threw a party for her in our province where we know a number of kids from our church and relatives. We decided to celebrate it there so I also have some help in decorating the venue since we decided to DIY most of the details. That is also the main reason why I haven't updated my blog. Yes, DIY is not at all easy peasy because it will take so much of your time albeit really enjoyable and when you see the fruits of your labor you will really feel that you have achieved something.

We sent out Summer's birthday invitation a few weeks up to a week before the scheduled date. I personally designed the invitation and the monogram and printed by Design and Letters. When the invitation cards were printed, I sent it to my sister and requested her to distribute to our invited guests. I also sent out digital invites for some of the guests.

We went for a tropical paradise feel and we sourced out all the decors locally. My brother-in-law made the swing and the crates and he also sourced the birds of paradise and cadena de amor vines. We bought the pineapples and coconuts from the town market. We were lucky that the pineapples came in different sizes and very cheap as well since we are very near the pineapple plantations. Would you believe one pineapple was only Php30 (less than a dollar)?

The cake and the cupcakes were baked by two of my grade school classmates. Every decor on the cake was edible and the cake was scrumptious. It sure took centerstage and every guest were in awe and took a picture of it.

There are more pictures to share but most are still unedited like some of the pictures above. I just grabbed some shared pictures from Facebook and decided to write a blog post before the memories become stale. I will update this post with more pictures once I have time to edit.

To our little Viktoria Summer who's growing up so fast (I can't almost keep up), know that you are our biggest blessing and I wanna thank you for making motherhood a tad bit easier for me. We both grew together this past year and your birth changed our lives in so many ways. Although I have lost count how many diapers you have used, I will never forget each and every single memory that we make together. I never regret a day spent with you.  You are bigger than life my lille smuk pige. You are every bit my source of happiness and inspiration. Your giggle is enough to make my day. Your laugh is a sure delight. You are a ball of energy and one smart cookie. Daddy and mommy loves you and will always be there for you.

Happy 1st birthday, little darling!

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