Happy Monday everyone! We are in the middle of a beautiful heat wave here in Ottawa and I say this with glee because we have air conditioning and I'm able to truly appreciate it ;) Luckily the heat came after June's birthday party over the weekend. We decided to hold it at our house again this year; last year I had a big elaborate first birthday planned for June at a park here in Ottawa, called Mooey's Bay. The theme was watermelons, as in "Down by the Bay" and the invites said "We're Mooney for Juney" (Mooney is one of her nicknames!). Anyway, it poured rain all over that day, just like it did on the day she was born. I fully expected it to rain again this year, for the third year running, and with the arrival of Flora, we decided to just cut our losses and plan something at home from the get go. I think it ended up being a huge success and it was a good reminder that really when you're a kid, you don't need a whole lot to have a happy birthday. She was on cloud nine the whole day anticipating all of her "friends" arriving (we actually kept the guest list pretty small but I think she felt like the whole world was here) and she had a big smile on her face until lonnnng past everyone had gone home (she decided that she was too amped for bed that night :| )
I know it's kind of funny to choose pineapples as a theme for a second birthday, especially after her first was "watermelon" but I swear, I don't have a thing for fruit. Maybe we'll branch out and do a vegetable next year ;) (mom jokes <-----) Anyway - I chose pineapples because they seem so happy and bright and I love how yellow they are (fave colour that reminds me of my little sunshine!). The best part of the theme was the cake which I had made by Mama Shells Cakes locally. As a rule, I wanna be the one to make my kid's cakes growing up (even if they are a bit sad and lopsided as was the case last year!) but this year I just had too much to juggle and even I could admit that (I'm notoriously bad for taking on too much at once...) Anyway, I'm super happy I didn't make the cake because it was seriously *SO CUTE*. The rest of the theme actually just turned out to be yellow, green and pink because my pineapple decorations were scant; for some reason I thought it would be easier to find pineapple-y stuff around? But no. Ha! We kept the food pretty minimum because it was late afternoon and I couldn't have thrown it together without my mom who came a day early to help me cut up fruit and veggies. Also to help me make the world's most ghetto looking photo booth wall (see below) that we couldn't for the life of us get to stay up on our fence... it felt like a million degrees with the sun beating down on us as we tried to get it to stay up and I have to hand it to my parents for making it happen in the end. The group pictures of the kids make it worth it. And on that, how *hard* is it to take a group shot of a bunch of toddlers (and one kinder who bless her soul looked perfect in each shot!)
As I was decorating and getting this party together I was reminded about an article that makes fun of millenials (which for the record, I am not a millenial but whatever) for putting wayyyy too much effort into our kid's birthday parties. I would just like to say that a) my mom always put a ton of effort into my birthday parties... and she had one for me each year until I turned 13! And b) I like doing this kind of stuff! not that I am anywhere near pinterest worthy (i mean... look at that photo booth wall VVV I'm still laughing about it!) but It was so fun to bring June down from her nap into a decorated kitchen and backyard. she honestly thought it was the best thing ever to have all the balloons and yard toys set up. And it was great to have all of our family around to celebrate her. I think that's the point right? I read a quote today:
"Speak to your children as if they are the wisest, kindest, most beautiful and magical humans on earth, for what they believe is what they become." - Brooke Hampton
birthdays were always so important to me growing up. Not in a "i need to get presents" kind of way but in a "this day makes me feel special and loved kind of way." I have zero problems with making sure my kids feel all kinds of spoiled and as if they are the most beautiful and magical human beings on earth like Brooke said. I guess birthday parties are one of the ways I hope to show them how much they mean to me.
I got this sweet pineapple dress for June from Old Navy.... the only disaster of the day occured about 10 minutes before guests arrived; she was running around (as she does!) and fell face first into the kiddie-pool (which I wondered when setting up if it was a disaster in the making but luckily this was the only casualty...). After we had the tears brushed away and the sting of loosing the "Pinapple dress" was over, things carried on and I think she liked the back-up dress just as much ;) Which just goes to show you that a girl can really never have too many dresses!
kiddie pool ^^^
I love how you can see her smile from the side <3
after these series of pictures is when she fell in the pool. Hence the costume change ;)
these are supposed to look like pineapples! I think if you squint a bit you can make the case!
those fake noodles were one of her fave gifts of the day ^^^ dying laughing looking at this picture still!!
she ran around with the skipping rope for about 3/4 of the day going "Super june to the rescue" - I'm not sure what the rope had to do with anything but she's some sort of super hero that's for sure!!
I thought the parents would be a bit upset with me and this pool but it ended up being just the perfect sort of distraction ;)
cue the photo shoot:
my mother would have disowned me if we didn't take a picture in front of this thing considering all the trouble we went to trying to get it to stay up. Taking a mug-shot line of up a group of children is the equivalent of herding cats into water. but i'm glad we have these pictures to look back on when our kids are bigger. were fortunate to have friends in our lives who have also been in Mike's life since kindergarden... so it's possible we can pull these out and do some sufficient damage around prom in about 15-16 years!
in love with this shot ^^^
stained, sticky and happy. the mark of a successful two-year old's birthday party!!