My baby boy turned 2 on Saturday the 23rd of July. We spent the most of the day at home and then headed to Russell's cousin's wedding in Redlands. My mom was the florist for the wedding so after the ceremony, she took the kids home and Russell and I stayed at the reception sans kids, which was kind of nice. Anyway, we didn't really celebrate Nathan's birthday that day because of the wedding.
On Sunday we had our families over for dinner and cake and ice cream and had a nice time. We had an "UP"-themed party because Nathan is obsessed with that movie and asks to watch it the second he wakes up every morning. I kid you not- as soon as you walk into his room every morning he says "watch doggie movie!"
The invites I made on the computer and just e-mailed to the family. I thought they turned out cute.
We just decorated with bunches of helium balloons and pictures from the movie that I printed out. I was trying to make it fun, but very low-key.
I didn't take pictures of the decor really, but Russell did take this one.
I stressed over the "UP" cake for a few days and decided to just do something yummy and not stress so much over the look like I usually do. I made a strawberry cake with homemade strawberry filling and buttercream which I though tasted really good. I changed my mind on how to do this cake a dozen times and eventually just decided that since it was only for a few people and a 2 year old, I would take the easy route and just do balloons and use a printable 3d house that I found online at the bottom of the cake. Simple and cute.
He was spoiled with clothes, puzzles, books, and lots of sports equipment! He opened this soccer ball from Grandpa and Grandma Kinser first and was ready to call it quits and start playing
I had to throw it in the other room to get him to open the rest of the gifts. He also got a baseball glove and tee ball set and a soft ball and bat. He is definitely ALL boy!
About Nathan at 2:
Favorite phrases: "I do it" (Mr. Independent)
(often followed by) "I did it!"
"follow me, Mama"
"don't let the bed bugs bite"
"good nap!" (when he wakes up after nap)
"no spankin'" (after hitting his sisters)
"watch a movie"
"beep the horn" (whenever we are under a bridge or tunnel)
Favorite movies: "Up" and "Cars"
Songs: "Popcorn Popping" "Wheels on the Bus" "Twinkle Twinkle"
He can: Sing the ABCs
Count to 12
Serve a volleyball pretty well
Climb out of his crib
Get away with just about anything ;)