I've worked on many blog posts in fits and starts, and I've finally conceded that it's just too difficult to sum up the past year in a single post. My first year of motherhood - our first as a family of three - was just so FULL. Of emotions, highs, challenges, experiences and lessons. It's hard to convey in words all that it's brought me.
I've also considered the fate of style fare lately; the blogging world is just so different now! Do people even read blogs anymore with the ease and speed of platforms like Instagram (guilty as charged!)? I know I enjoy catching up on long-read blogs every once in a while, but I certainly don't have the time or propensity to make it a part of my daily routine like I once did. I'd be curious to hear how readers, new and old, of my blog consume this site.
In the meantime, here are a couple of quick photos of our dear Lana's first birthday, or dol, as it's known in Korean culture. One of the hallmarks of Korean dol celebrations is the doljabi, where the newly-minted one-year-old chooses a symbolic object to forecast their future in life. Many parents these days like to intersperse extra cash among the objects to increase the likelihood that the baby will choose the money first, but I think that's cheating the system. :) Can you guess what Lana chose?
We didn't influence her in any way, I swear! She made a beeline for the stack of cash, touched it, briefly considered the stethoscope and turned her attention back to the money. So perhaps a successful medical career is in her future? We'll see. ;)
Lana's gorgeous and DEE-licious banana and chocolate birthday cake was beautifully made by the talented Gigi Blue NYC - Katherine is just incredible; just look at those piping skills!
And in case anyone out there made their way to this post Googling around for dol tower (go-im) tutorials, here's the DIY tutorial I used, complete with a free template.
Venue: Barn Joo
Tassel garland: Studio Mucci
Cake and favors (not pictured, but they were amazing green tea, vanilla and chocolate butter mochi cakes!): Gigi Blue NYC
Photography: all of the professional ones snapped by Christine Han Photography; the random casual ones are courtesy of my iPhone ;)