I’ve been busy. (Ollie’s dol)

Hi everyone. I’ve been super busy, hence the lack of updates. I will update more on our trip to Dubai, I promise! But for right now, I am incredibly busy preparing for Ollie’s first birthday!!

I have always wanted to have a Korean first birthday for my own child. Lots of you may already be familiar with it as “dol” or 돌, 돌잡이. And although it’s a lot of work, I am so thankful to be able to do this for my own son!

I’ve been making the dol pillars and that is why I am absent from blogging. Please forgive me. :)

The above pictures are the pillars I have finished so far. I made one that says “축돌” which means “happy first birthday”. The others are his Korean name and a snake, the year he was born.

I had a nervous attack before I made these because I wasn’t sure I would be able to finish on time. But thank goodness, I’m moving along so quickly! I decided to use skittles (in hanbok/Korean dress colors) as the colored portion. To me, they match his hanbok very well! His hanbok was gifted to us by a friend from Shanghai who visited her family in Korea.

Let me tell you, I was stressed about finding beans to make these towers too. My friend Alice, found them for me! She helped me so much by taking care of Ollie while making it and listening to all my crazy talk.

We decided to have the party at the baby gym. We figured the space is big, the instructors are fun and it’ll be bright and colorful. So I hope everyone has fun with on that day! :)

Anyway. I must go, Ollie isn’t sleeping well and I’ve been a zombie. But I have the greatest husband in the world!! He has been taking Ollie every moment he can so I can nap, make these towers and have some “me” time. It really helps so much! :)

What do you think of the towers I made so far? I have so many burns from the glue gun on both my hands from them. I hope Ollie looks back one day and is happy to see that I made these for him. I love you my little boy!!!!!!


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This entry was posted on Sunday, April 6th, 2014 at 10:11 pm and is filed under Hong Kong, Motherhood, Oliver, Personal, 돌/dol. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed.


  1. Jesshie
    April 7, 2014 at 9:35 pm

    His party is going to be amazing. Make sure you take a ton of pictures and videos, since you will be super busy! Wish we could be there. Have a blast Ollie!

  2. Sandy
    April 8, 2014 at 10:26 am

    Looks amazing, Annie! Hope he has a wonderful first year celebration!

  3. April 12, 2014 at 12:27 am

    Those look SO amazing!

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