On Sunday my sweet little girl turned two. I will spare you the "where has my baby gone?" laments (which, trust me, means I am doing you a huge favour, because there has been a whole lotta navel-gazing* around here lately). Instead I will subject you to an equally self-indulgent display and make you look at photos of my child's second birthday party. Because I'm a mom, and that's just what we do.
*I'm almost certain I have started using the term "navel-gazing" as a direct result of reading Amber Strocel's blog. So you have her to thank for that.
Because Lilah is obsessed with Elmo and has been for quite some time, it wasn't hard to come up with a theme. We held the party at a nearby park that is home to some fantastic picnic areas, its own lake with a beach, and a great playground. The weather was a bit dodgy at first, but in the end the sun graced us with its presence and I breathed a sigh of relief.
So without further ado, I give you Lilah's second birthday party:
At two, Lilah finally has enough hair to rock the pigtails! I have been dreaming of this day for a very long time. (I won't blame you if you start gagging on the cuteness of it all.)
Lilah discovered ketchup-flavoured chips for the first time. I have absolutely no idea why it came as a surprise to me that she loved them. This is a girl whose only use for french fries is as a delivery method to her mouth.
Kids were mingling. Or drawing at twenty paces. Hard to tell.
Lilah's cousin Max did his very best to make this pinwheel spin:
There was even live entertainment! We tried to get Elmo himself, but his agent never got back to us and all we could get on short notice was this dragon dance:
Lilah's friend Addie went head-to-head with the dragon and I'm pretty certain she won the dance-off. Lilah was equally enthralled, but as is her nature, she was content to watch from a safer distance on Daddy's lap.
After the live entertainment, it was cupcake time!
|Yes, I made these. Thank you, thank you.|
This year I remembered to remove the hot candle immediately after it was blown out, thus preventing a repeat of last year's debacle. Turns out I have actually learned a thing or two during my two years as a parent!
|Photo by Lilah's uncle Andrew.|
I think it's safe to say the cupcakes were a hit.