Wednesday, August 31, 2011

E turns TWO!

Happy Birthday, Elliot! In celebration of our little boy turning two, we spread the fun out over several days. On Friday, Dr. M took him to his first gymnastics class (fun for both of them). Saturday morning we took a family outing to a local coffee shop/breakfast place, the farmers market and a stroll along the river walk where E loved playing in the splash area. It was a beautiful morning, sunny and very little humidity. That afternoon, while E napped Dr. M and I gathered things for his birthday celebration and spent the evening assembling toys (I assume this won't be the last time we're up late putting toys together). Sunday, August 28th, E woke with an early birthday gift of foam letters and numbers (his fave) and played with them while I made breakfast (pancakes and bacon) and Dr. M set up the back yard. After eating his "2" pancake E looked out the back window and noticed all of the toys and ran around demanding we "go out back." His face lit up when he saw the backyard transformed into his very own play space. A new basketball hoop, sand/water table, tricycle, sprinkler, wagon, baby pool and balls. We even wrote "happy 2nd birthday Elliot" on the patio in sidewalk chalk. He was SO excited. The whole family sat out back and played together (even Harper) and enjoyed the nice weather. While I put the finishing touches on his Super WHY! cake, Dr. M grilled hotdogs and corn on the cob for lunch (E's fave). After his nap we opened presents, sang "happy birthday" and ate cake. Grandma K even joined us for the whole thing via Skype! Though we were the only ones present for the party, his grandparents were very generous with amazing gifts (yard toys, gift cards, Children's Museum membership and college fund donations, just to name a few)! Overall, I think we all had a blast. Though he went to bed early (sugar crash) he loved playing with his new letter toys in the bath. We even had leftover birthday cake for breakfast the next day ;) It was a perfect family day.

Backyard fun with his new toys!!

The cake, presents and even a Bama football balloon (dad's idea).

Listening to us sing to him and thinking about what to wish for...

Our big TWO year-old :)

Harper enjoying the festivities too!

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