So it's Adriel's first birthday in less than a month!
DH and I talked about what we were going to do and we decided to do his party at our local zoo! They have a small hall that would accomodate the immediate family which is all we're inviting and the kewel thing is that during the winter time they have winter wonderland at the zoo which is just the entire zoo decorated with lights, special animal displays, christmas carolers, candy cane makers etc. It's relatively inexpensive and I think it'll be a great time for everyone especially our nieces and nephews who will be coming.
One thing I am sad about is my mil is choosing to go to California that weekend for her niece's wedding. DH and I don't understand that because she's not that close to her niece and it's her grandson's first birthday! My Mom is flying in from Pakistan for it, my younger sister from England, and my older sister and her family from New York, yet my DH's Mom who lives in the same State is flying away for it. I could sense DH felt hurt about that and I can't help but feel she's doing it because of that incident a few months back in Chicago when she got really upset at us for not letting her give Adriel a fried chicken bone. I don't know what to really do about it except to pray and hope that when we send the invitations out next week she'll change her mind? I don't know if she's expecting for us to do his party on a different date or something but that wouldn't make sense given that it's not like he really knows it's his birthday and celebrating on his actual birthday is important to both DH and I. The only reason I know that MIL is not going to be in town is that I had mentioned to my sister in law when she came for the dedication last month how it would be good to see her on Adriel's birthday and my MIL kind of interrupted saying "I won't be here; I'm going to California for Alisha's wedding."
But I am very excited about his first birthday and about my family coming. It'll be a change of atmosphere to spend time with my family after all that drama when I went to Pakistan this summer and DH will be around so that will be really awesome too