Selena and Emma watched the movie Coco and fell in love with the music, colors, and characters. If you haven't seen the movie Coco, it is a really cute movie that is based in Mexico around Día de los Muertos. It had a special meaning because their brother passed away last year. The music and songs made for this movie truly touched our hearts, and that is why we chose to do this for Selena's first birthday party!
We had so much fun creating a true fiesta for Selena and our family. I had an aunt help me get some cool Mexican decorations from Amols in San Antonio! Coco was not available anywhere in store for decorations, so we had to really get creative. I hand drew all the characters for the goodie bags and happy birthday banner. I also had my aunt help turn plain colored bags into small piñata style bags. We had a beautiful cake made by El Bolillo Bakery. Our pizza and wings were provided by Sicliy Pizza and the location of the party was at We Rock The Spectrum!
Everything came out great and more importantly all the kiddos had a lot of fun! I was able to see Emma run around and have a ball! We were happy to spend the time with our family and also included Mark Anthony. His ashes were behind the cake. A small gesture to always have him included, especially on his first birthday in Heaven.
Thank you to our family who came to celebrate our miracle baby's first year of life. We love you all and appreciate everything you have done for us and especially been patient with this journey. We know that Selena and Emma are truly blessed to have the family they have.
Christmas is always a time of happiness, family, and seeing little ones believe in a magical tradition. I remember going to my Grandmas house and spending the night then waking up to tons of family in the morning and opening presents. Those were the best Christmases!
Mark and I have started our own little tradition that he brought over from his family. I absolutely loved it when he showed me and it is now our new Aguilar tradition.
The Family Ornament
Each year we pick an ornament and have our names all put on, and yes we even include our fur babies. They are family too! This year we got to add our twins, Selena and Mark Anthony. It's never easy, remembering the loss, and all the details in his final moments. I believe that he waited for us, and felt no pain as he went to be with God. Our little angel is always going to be watching over us.
Seeing Selena grow is amazing. Mark had noticed in the NICU how her head had a line running across the top. We thought it was a IV or something, but then her nurse explained to us that it was her skull still forming. The bones were not fully expanded and so they slightly overlapped. Now seeing her you don't see that. We got to see her grow outside of the womb, and that alone is remarkable.
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