Thursday, April 23, 2015

ellie's 2nd birthday

Ellie is one spoiled little girl.  Both grandmas, one great-grandma, a great-aunt, and two parents may have contributed to that on her birthday!  But oh man, was it fun.

We opened a couple of her presents from her aunt and great-grandma early so she'd have enough time to play with them before we left for California.

They were a pretty big hit, if that isn't obvious.  Curious George is her favorite show right now, so naturally, it was love at first sight.

The day she turned two is basically one of my new favorite days.  This year, I decided not to throw a party.  I didn't think she'd really appreciate one yet fully, and I knew it would be a lot less stress for us if we just didn't worry about it this year.  Instead, we decided to fill the entire day with things we thought she'd enjoy.

Presents came first...

Presents just get more and more exciting the older she gets.  I love that now she tears into the wrapping paper and gasps excitedly with each new find.  I'm pretty sure parents have at least as much fun as kids do on birthdays and Christmas.  Scratch that, I'm pretty sure we have more fun.  It's magic.

Then, we decided to take her to her first movie in the movie theaters.  It was really hard to find one geared toward toddlers at the end of February, but we settled on Big Hero 6.  (It was basically the only kids movie we could find.)  My favorite was when the movie first started, and she kept exclaiming, "Whoa!  WHOA!  Whoa."  It lasted for several minutes, and was so cute.  She loved having her own popcorn and drink, and she really liked most of the movie.  (So did we!)  There were a couple parts that were a little intense for her, so I would just walk her out into the hall until the music calmed down a little bit.  She liked that system.

The next stop was the Treehouse Children's Museum.  (If you read my post about it, you know Ellie and I are basically in love with that place.)  It has a new Curious George exhibit that's kinda more geared toward older kids, but Ellie didn't care.  The fact that George's face was everywhere was exciting enough.

The miniature diner is one of my personal favorites.

 And boy, was she working hard in that sink.  (It bodes well for my future.)

 It was as much fun for us as it was for her!

 Ellie couldn't get enough of the tools section.  She must take after her dad (and her Grandma Patrice), because this definitely didn't come from me.  She spent the most time here by far.  She still loves playing with hammers and screw drivers and drills.

For dinner, we were going to go somewhere with a play-place.  We really wanted to make the whole day about her!  But after the excitement of the movies and the Treehouse Children's Museum, this was Ellie:

Which meant we didn't go somewhere with a play-place.  Instead, we went to Corner Bakery, which was definitely about Tim and me.  (We love that place.)  I don't think Ellie minded one bit.

At corner bakery, we bought a little bundt cake.  I was sure I had a couple of birthday candles at home, but we got home and realized...there were none.  Tealight candle to the rescue!

She was a big fan of that cake.  What can I say, the girl loves chocolate!

She still talks about birthdays and birthday cakes and candles and the birthday song!  The whole experience really left an impression on her.  And I can't really blame her.  It was pretty magical!

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