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happy friday + 1 year with ruby…




We've been in New York the last couple days, and Ruby has been loving all the sights and sounds (and the amazing local playgrounds) that this city has to offer. It's so fun to come back to a city I know and love and get to see New York through her eyes.

Today, my baby girl turns one! Holy cow, how did that happen? Everyone says that first year flys by, and they're not kidding! This last year has been the most emotional, overwhelming, yet amazing and wonderful year of my life. I have a new found respect for mothers and parents everywhere and can't wait for what's to come. We're having a traditional Dol celebration for Ruby this weekend at my in-law's, and then we celebrate her birthday with our friends back home in LA next week! I hope you all have an amazing weekend in store! See you Monday…

ps. Thanks so much to everyone who came out to my NY Book Party last night! It was so fun meeting you all. Next stop: LA on Thursday!


  1. Your daughter is absolutely beautiful. I love to see how you dress her as I have a 5 month old daughter and am always looking to buy her cute outfits.
    P.S. – I bought a bunch of your items that you designed and just love them. Having a few minutes everyday to read your blog always puts a smile on my face. Hopefully I will get a chance to see you when you are in NY for your book signing!

  2. Haha…that’s awesome you will have a dol for your daughter! I guess you will find out what she will become from the doljabi? J/K! 🙂 The food will be awesome, I’m sure! Happy birthday, Ruby!

  3. Sso cute! Her dress is adorable. Happy Birthday! My daughter turned one a month ago. It’s amazing how fast the year went by.

  4. Happy first birthday Little Miss Ruby! It was wonderful to meet you last night, Joy! Thanks for signing my book and posing for photos 🙂 Congrats on your book’s success…you are an inspiration!

  5. She is so beautiful. I love how you carried the pom-poms and flower through all the pictures…and of course the bright colors.
    Happy birthday, Ruby. May this one, and all the rest, find you well and happy!

  6. Happy Birthday, totally adorable little person! I love how they get blurrier through the year! Here’s to many more blurry limbed photos, she is a total cutie pie.

  7. Happy birthday, Ruby! And happy first year of motherhood, Joy! I started reading the blog just over a year ago when I started college! Amidst all the perspectives I’ve gained on campus, I feel like I’ve learned so much from your insights that are different from my everyday! Thanks for the stories, creativity, and fun!

  8. Happy birthday Ruby!
    My she’s really grown and those monthly photos are a real treasure, great idea to do them. You just see her maturing and starting to enjoy taking photos. And she’s super photogenic just like mum& dad 🙂

  9. please post a photo of ruby in her special outfit for her doi party. she is just scrumptious! all best wishes, jill

  10. Totally adorable!!– I’ve been seeing her grow all year. Thanks for sharing Joy. Happy Birthday lovely Ruby! 😉

  11. Oh my goodness she is cute! Happy Birthday sweet girl! I am attending a dol for a friend’s daughter this weekend (my first dol ever!) and am at a total loss as to what to give as a gift. Any suggestions?

  12. Happy birthday Ruby! Please share pictures of her dol! I’m starting to plan my son’s dol and would love some inspiration!

  13. Happy Birthday, baby Ruby! It’s been so fun watching her grow month to month on your blog. Enjoy this special time!

  14. So nice meeting you! I didnt make the connection that you were Kristin Appenbrink!! (And that weve emailed so many times!) Sorry!!

  15. Happy Birthday, Ruby!!! and my baby girl turns one today also!! I remember last year, Victoria tweeted congratulations to both of us and I was so surprised to know that you gave a birth on the same day and also, honored to have my baby girl share a same birthday with Ruby!! What a year it’s been, right? I was so emotional all day today… :’) Happy Happy Birthday, Ruby!!!!! xoxo

  16. happy 1st birthday baby cousin! we wish you lots of good food & many kisses.. 🙂 love, aunt deborah, uncle ryan & ddori the pup!

  17. Happy Sweet Birthday, Ruby Cho! You are always such a happy baby:) can’t wait to see your birthday celebration post:) Love from Singapore!

  18. aw, happy birthday Ruby! Those photos are so sweet. I did something similar for Charlie each month and made a collage of all of them and it is now hung in our house. It is crazy to see the moment he started to look like “Charlie”. He’s turning 2 (holy crap) next month, and I will say that the second year was even better than the first! have fun 🙂 And congrats on making it through the first year – it is not an easy feat! x xx

  19. I have loved your Ruby monthlies, and she is just adorable! My little guy is about a month younger than Ruby so I always watch to see what’s in store for us in the coming weeks. 😉
    Our little friend just turned 1 and she had a Dol birthday with her Koreans grandparents. She picked a guitar and a ball, so she will be a musician and an athlete! Such a cute little tradition!

  20. oh my gosh – goes to show you how silly i am when it comes to picking out sizes for the wee ones! i’m glad it finally fits her at 1 year old! so flattered she’s wearing it for the big bday! happy birthday beautiful ruby!! xo

  21. Such an adorable 12 mos photo!!! Happy Birthday cutie Ruby!! My Chloe is 1 year on the 24th…so many emotions stirring…sad for the baby days and looking forward to the big girl fun!

  22. Joyeux anniversaire Ruby !
    It’s always a pleasure to see you smiling 🙂
    My little man is already turning 16 (months!) and what a year! It has been 1.000 more emotional than I thought.

  23. Happy birthday baby girl! I am definitely doing this when I have a baby! They just grow up so fast and I know it will be hard to keep up!

  24. Happy birthday to Ruby! What a beautiful collection of pictures. I hope you all enjoyed the Dol ceremony. I still love looking at pictures of my own celebration, so I’m sure that it is something Ruby will cherish when she is older!


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