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Planning Journey’s First Birthday

Planning Journey’s First Birthday

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Jonathan Oliver

I can still remember the conversation that I had with the lady that was helping us set up the timeshare we were getting suckered into on our honeymoon seven years and a half years ago in Kauai. She was telling us how her and her husband had just finished celebrating the first birthday of one of their children. She told us about how they had spent over $1000 on the occasion which included a bounce house. She went on to tell us that this wasn’t even considered over the top. She told us that Hawaiians always go all out for first birthdays and it’s to be expected. Just the other day while taking Journey to the swings, I met a young lady with her toddler son. We made small talk and in the course of our conversation we came up on the topic of first birthdays. She told me that she went over her budget by 300% which included not only a bounce house, but a petting zoo as well.
I have heard everything from kegs of beer being at a first birthday party to personalized individual cupcakes. If I ever met the lady from our honeymoon again, I would tell her that I don’t think it’s just Hawaiians that have a tendency to go over the top on first birthdays, but people in general.
As the days come closer to Journey’s birthday on the 27th I hope and pray we fall somewhere in the middle in the celebration. In our marriage I am the more extravagant and high maintenance one, especially during the holidays, birthdays, and special occasions. Saran is a little more modest and conservative. She understands regardless of how much money we spend or fun we have bills still need to be paid and we still need to be able to live after the confetti has fallen. I will admit I am a little more worried about my mother-in-law. This is her first and only grandchild and knowing how big her New Year’s Eve parties can get and the fact that it’s at her house back in Texas, who knows what to expect. I know my wife is going to have her hands full trying to keep it all in perspective.
By doing a quick search on the web you can find a lot of great ideas and themes to make it all very reasonable and enjoyable for both children and adults who may attend. We have already had invitations made (by made I mean Walgreens) and ordered Journey’s one year birthday outfit. On a slightly different note, I just made Journey’s appointment for her one year check up for the 28th which I’ve been told can be a little painful for the babies because she will receiving multiple vaccines. For that reason alone I couldn’t have my little sweetheart getting shots on her birthday. Like I said I can be a little high maintenance.
Jonathan Oliver is an experienced motivational speaker, life coach, and author. He is the CEO of his company Higher Enlightenment which strives to create a world of truth, love, and faith. He was born and raised in Texas and now lives with his wife and their first child Journey in Owasso, OK. He is a first time stay at home dad. His contact information is on and follow him on facebook at


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