Happy Birthday to You!
Anna, you are turning two years old on Friday. We enjoyed the first of many birthday celebrations on Sunday. You had a REAL birthday party, complete with balloons, party favors, cupcakes, candles, friends, presents, food, and swimming at the pool. You actually understood what it meant to have a party this year - you were excited to swim, eat cupcakes, open presents, and see your friends. You know how old you are going to be. You've been talking about it all week, referring at random to your "birthday coming up." You helped make the devil's food cupcakes with cream cheese frosting on Saturday; your favorite part of the process was, of course, scooping the flour, stirring it around, and watching it fall to the floor as you clapped the excess off your hands.
Flour, flour everywhere.
I felt both excited and nervous on the day of your party. I even had butterflies in my stomach as I wondered if you and your friends would have fun. Storms were predicted the day of your party, which had us a little worried that we might be stuck inside, staring at the pool we want to swim in. I couldn't help but laugh at myself as I put the finishing touches on your cupcakes. If I felt like this for your second birthday party, how might I feel to one day anticipate your wedding?
Hail and tornados passed through on the day of the party.
The storms passed just in time. You were able to swim and splash and play, and when a gentle rain fell, you stayed in the pool with Daddy. At first it seemed you were a unsure about all these friends gathered at the pool, especially with nobody else there (the storms scared everyone away). We had the entire pool to ourselves!
In the pool with Daddy.
Spencer getting ready for a basket.
My favorite picture of cousin Allison.
The hard rain came and signaled dinner time. As you sat eating your dinner of stromboli, blueberries, pasta salad, and pretzels, your excitement grew, especially when I announced that cupcakes were coming up next. I'm not sure you ate much of anything, though, as you were too distracted by all that was going on around you. You were happy to devour a "humongous" bowl of oatmeal and yogurt for a bedtime snack, though.
"After dinner choc"
Cute, cute Cassidy. Sadly, I didn't get a good shot of Harper or Aidan.
Then came presents. You knew exactly what to do. And, you said "thank you" with each one. You opened puzzles of all kinds, a fairy doll, little bunnies, a stacking toy, crayons, and a birthday cake. The balloons were a hit, too (for you and the rest of the bunch).
Opening puzzles with Daddy.
We arrived home just in time for your bath. You were a very tired and happy almost-two-year-old glowing from a beautiful afternoon. We read stories, ate a snack, rocked and talked, remembering, giving thanks, and anticipating more birthday fun all week long.
A birthday rainbow in our own backyard.