MG doesn’t have the most favorable of birthdays but one thing it did do for her this year was deliver two parties! Yahoo!
The first was in CA with my family and she got to open presents and eat ice cream cake (and sing the “Happy Birthday” song—her favorite)!
The second was on her actual birthday and was held at our house.
One thing I do have to say is that with 60-degree, sunny weather this has to be the nicest November 30 MG has seen yet (on her actual birthday it snowed and last year it ws rainy and gloomy.)
I promised N that after last year’s very fun but oh-so-much-work first birthday bash
, this year would guarantee to be much smaller and
a lot less stress by comparison.
In other words, we didn’t do party favors, nor serve a big meal, nor put up any decorations (since it fell in between Thanksgiving and Christmas, I decided I would be okay just rolling with the holiday theme). And the invitations were of the email variety. Tacky? Maybe. Cheap? Oh yes.
(although I did make this Pinterest-inspired Christmas light garland…for the holidays of course :))
But that certainly didn’t seem to diminish the birthday girl’s enjoyment. In fact, this year was a lot more fun because she actually understood that we were celebrating AND that she got to eat cake icing AND open presents! Every two-year old’s dream! (although I am a little afraid that with the two birthday parties + Christmas that she is going to be confused that birthdays just go on and on and on :))
Anyway, first we sang.
Then she ate her aforementioned cupcake icing (which happened to be a lot more of a show this year. Simply because she actually ate. It’s the little things.)
Then she opened presents.
Meanwhile, the kids colored homemade coloring book images of themselves.
But the piece de resitance
was a one of a kind, hand-crafted kitchen built lovingly by Daddy…with Mama’s artistic detailing (all plans can be found here
You can see her reaction:
(my favorite is the spontaneous Daddy hug at the end….and…when she opened the oven for the first time, she said, “hot!”)
As soon as the kitchen was revealed, the kiddies just swarmed. A huge hit!
And after just about everyone had said their goodbyes, we were cleaning up downstairs and MG said, “Wash hands? Soap?” but instead of going over to the downstairs kitchen sink, she pointed upstairs. So we agreed and she happily made her way up there again, this time unaccompanied. We literally had to peel her away from it for an hour late bedtime. Birthday success!
And the next morning she started talking about it before we’d even left her room.
(it didn’t take her long to find it again)
(she also received a tea set which has been a part of many of her imaginative kitchen time…although she seems to think the tea pot contains “hot soup” for some reason…I’m not ready to correct her.)
(and one more story simply for the cuteness factor: today she made up this tray and said, “Atti? Eat?” then she proceeded to place it by him. He darted off down the stairs so she gently carried the tray and bowl over and left it for him for later. Oh, girl, I just can’t wait until you have a sibling!)
Double the birthday, double the fun! I am so glad that we were able to have such a wonderful celebration for such a big milestone. Here’s to many more!