On Tuesday the 24th we celebrated Selah’s 100th day anniversary (백일 baek-il)!!! If you’re totally confused as to what this celebration signifies then let me fill you in really briefly, because even I wasn’t that familiar with this tradition until recently. But then again, I’m really bad when it comes to these things because I didn’t experience them when I was growing up! In the Korean culture this is an extremely important celebration for a baby that reaches 100 days of life. The significance of this day seems to vary slightly for most families, although nowadays the main reason most of us do it is simply for enjoyable memories.
In the past, there was a high emphasis on the baby’s fortune to live past his hundredth day of life. It was obviously a rarity for such a tiny being to make it that far due to reasons like poverty, disease, and so forth. People used to lift up prayers for the family’s fortune as well as the baby’s health, and they would celebrate with a huge spread of traditional foods like rice cake, noodles, and fruit.
And like I just mentioned, in today’s Korean culture we don’t really think about the grand meaning of it. Rather, we do it for the fun of gathering with our families, taking photos, and giving thanks for the awesome privilege of raising a beautiful baby.
Here are some pictures of this momentous day and I hope you enjoy! Oh and…please disregard the awkward setup behind us and balloons getting in the way. Hah!
Everyone worked so hard at getting Selah to look at the camera! They were squeaking toys and making all sorts of alien like noises to keep her eyes focused on me.
As you can clearly see, it was a challenge to keep her still with a decent expression , all while Daniel was running around and us trying to keep our smiles intact.
It was definitely an experience to remember, not only because of all the love that surrounded us on that day, but because we’re so grateful to provide Selah the opportunity to (hopefully) hold on to her Korean roots at a young age.
Oh and a very random thought…I realized how much more difficult it is to photograph people! Haha, especially if they come in the form of toddlers and fussy babies. My question is, how in the world do baby photographers do this for a living?! And now I have another mission: to practice taking pictures of human beings. Mental note. Take…more pictures…of people. Got it.
Ever had one of those moments when you think you’re so clever and come up with a fantastic recipe, only to find out that another blogger posted an identical one just the day before? It’s so strange how that happens, right?!
Yesterday I had the biggest granola craving and did what any normal foodie would do. I baked a batch of this apple harvest granola! And then I consumed way too much within one sitting. Oops. I was going to provide the measurements for you guys but figured that it’s very similar to Sally’s, except that mine contained walnuts instead of almonds, and honey as the only sweetener.
This morning felt like a pancake day.
I whipped up a stack of protein pancakes by mixing cookies ‘n crème protein powder, baking powder, baking soda, an egg white, chia seeds, milk, and pumpkin puree. The pumpkin was an addition to moisten up the batter.
The toppings included the usual, along with a drizzle of chocolate PB2. I finally bit the bullet and purchased a jar during my last trip to Whole Foods. And guys, it really is delicious and has a wonderful consistency, but it definitely doesn’t compare to the real stuff! In the end, real nut butter is where my heart is at.
Does your culture have a unique tradition as well?
What’s your favorite breakfast as of late?
-I’ve been loving eggy oatmeal and protein pancakes, mmmm.
Do you like photography? What do you find is the hardest thing about it?
-I’m always challenged when the lighting is mediocre and there are lots of people moving around. It’s not easy to capture an image with lots of action!