Our beautiful girl is two. It seems amazing that the whole giving birth thing was that long ago, and yet we’ve had two wonderful years of watching this adorable baby grow into a vivacious kid.
Following the traditional morning birthday ritual (see previous post), we had a fun, but rather low-key day.
Ellie’s dance classes are on Friday, and since she loves dance class, we couldn’t miss it. Plus, this was a great opportunity to let Grandma Patty join in on the fun. Even with a substitute teacher (Terry is teaching in Canada this week), and a room full of unfamiliar kids (Friday was the first class of the spring session), Ellie eventually warmed up to the situation and had a good time. During the “brain-dance” section of class we always sing “Birthday cake, birthday cake on a dish. How many candles do the dancers wish?” My mom and I had a great time making a big deal of the fact that today was Ellie’s birthday, and so we had two birthday candles in the song. The teacher gave Ellie extra stamps on her hands at the end of class too. Pretty cool.
After lunch and nap time, Ellie helped Grandma Patty and I make the cupcakes for her party. She loves pouring and stirring and mixing. I hope this fondness for cooking continues.
Our sneaky girl managed to find one of her birthday presents (a Rody pony) when her Grandma and I were occupied in the kitchen, so she got one of her gifts a bit early.
We picked up Jeff, who had gone into his office in Fremont to get things finalized for Macworld, and headed to dinner. We decided to go to Tutta Bella for pizza.
Then we drove a couple blocks over to the best ice cream in Seattle, Molly Moon’s. Even on a cold night, the place was packed and we couldn’t get seats. So we all headed outside, found a nice wall to sit on, and enjoyed our ice cream. We were all shivering, but none of us wanted to stop eating. The ice cream is really good! But, we eventually convinced Ellie that if we went to the car, she could finish her ice cream there.
When we got home, we opened presents and eventually managed to get Ellie to bed. Then the grown-ups decorated cupcakes and got ready for the Saturday party. It was a good day.