annabel is 2!

April 6, 2014

cause for celebration
Somehow, 2 years have passed since Miss Annabel came into the world.  I already forget what it was like before she was here — she has changed me and shaped our family in so many ways already.  She is happy, charming, witty, and really just quite a force these days.

We celebrated with a simple family gathering.  In these Pinterest-y days, I felt bad for about 0.002 seconds that there was no hand-designed photo banner ordered from Etsy (done in faux-chalkboard style, of course).  Instead, we had Elmo-themed decor and balloons from Party City.

She loved them.

And, I will say that the food was good 🙂

the menu

coffee, la croix, juices
bagels, smoked salmon, cream cheese
martha stewart’s tomato-pesto frittata
fruit salad and plain yogurt
A’s grandparents (both sets!) were there, plus a few other close family members and friends.  The only other kids were Annabel’s cousins, aged 5 and 6 — she is very close to them as they live just blocks away.  We all had brunch, and after eating A got to open her gifts.  This was really fun, as it was the first holiday that she seemed to truly get that the presents were for her — that it was her special day.  
her poppy — josh’s father — in the background

me with both parents – genetics at work 🙂

We finished with the carrot cake cupcakes and a rousing rendition of happy birthday — Annabel had been waiting for HER birthday song and candles for quite some time!  I only cried a little as she sang jubilantly and then almost managed to extinguish the flame on her own.

My baby is growing up.
[TOMORROW:  22 things about Annabel at age 2.]


  • Reply Chelsea March 10, 2019 at 7:15 pm

    So cute! Looks like a fun party.

  • Reply nicoleandmaggie March 10, 2019 at 7:15 pm

    My DH had a pineapple upside down cake and got a phonecall from his parents for his birthday today–not quite as exciting. But we’re having Indian takeout for dinner!

    (Don’t tell him, but your birthday girl is way cuter. If he asks, tell him I stressed his rugged handsomeness.)

    • Reply theSHUbox March 10, 2019 at 7:15 pm

      mmmm indian takeout is soooo good though. 🙂 sounds like a good birthday!

  • Reply dolce vita March 10, 2019 at 7:15 pm

    How cute! And it’s lovely that the family got together to celebrate!

  • Reply Brittnie March 10, 2019 at 7:15 pm

    Happy 2nd birthday Ms. A!!

  • Reply Brittany March 10, 2019 at 7:15 pm

    Aw, happy second birthday to A!! And good call on carrot cake cupcakes- yum!

  • Reply Ana March 10, 2019 at 7:15 pm

    Aww, perfect! I LOVE LOVE this age, tantrums and all. You’ll start to see real imagination and memory…so amazing!

  • Reply oldmdgirl March 10, 2019 at 7:15 pm

    ADORABLE!! What is it about toddlers and balloons?

    Glad you guys had fun!

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