1. I forgot that our family is gigantic and once I invited the grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins, we ended up with twenty people at our house.
2. Her birthday was at the end of Spring Break, so I spent a week planning and prepping and cooking up all sorts of ridiculous ideas (i.e. let's blow up a hundred balloons and leave them all over the house!! She'll LOVE it!).
The party was not a failure by any means, I'm sure everyone had a good time, and I know Sylvia had a B.A.L.L. so it was actually a great success. But I won't lie, it wore me out. And I was glad when it was over. Next year we're all going to Chuck E. Cheese, or some equally germ-filled snot fest, and I'll have a beer.
Anyway, here's the rundown of all the excitement:
Two-year-olds do not understand the idea of WAITING to open everyone's present at the same time, so we let her open Gran and Grandpa's present shortly after they arrived. Luckily, it was a Thomas the Tank Big Wheel (oh my WORD, the excitement!!!) and it took my Dad a good long time to put together, which kept Sylvia entertained until everyone else got there.
Sylvia was pretty excited about the singing and the candles. She certainly doesn't remember all this hoopla from last year, but she's been to a few birthday parties since then and she knows how this works. It was fun to see her realize this was HER turn.
Blowing out the candles! Happy Birthday, sweet girl!
After cake, we spent a few minutes playing outside with the new soccer ball, looking for airplanes, and watching the sun go down. After everyone left, my brothers stayed behind to help Sylvain build a fire in the backyard, and I gladly joined them after I put my sweet girl to bed and cleaned up a little bit. It was a day full of fun and blessings! We are so lucky to be close to our family, and I'd gladly wear myself out time and time again if it means we all get to spend this much time together!