Elmo Birthday Party

Daphie girl is obsessed with all things Elmo and Sesame Street, so it was obvious that would be our theme for her second birthday.

Since Sesame Street is popular it was pretty easy to plan and buy for this party.

However, we had a minor location change the day before the party that changed how everything came together.

We normally have the kid’s party at Tom’s family’s church, however, there was a tornado that hit the city literally days before. Most of the damage occurred around the church, so many of the roads downtown were blocked off that week for damage control. So in order to not bring more to that area, my in-laws graciously opened their home up since we had just started a new renovation project so our house was not in a state for a party.

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Her dress was a hand-me-down from her cousin Ava who also wore it for her two year old Elmo party. Their grandma made it, so it was a sweet little touch to the party.

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This Elmo walker I got from Amazon. Daphne didn’t know what to think about it.

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These balloons came in a huge package on Amazon. We put some on the mailbox outside and then throughout the house.

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My mom made these letter blocks out of butcher paper, paint, and diaper boxes. We spelled out her name and the number two.

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Our present to her was this gang of stuffed animals. I bought them because she loves stuffies, but also knowing they could be part of the decor for the day. I got them all on Amazon. I realized after they arrived that I did not do the best job getting ones that were the same size. I also was not able to find an Abby or Zoe that wasn’t going to break the bank.

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We also have a million Sesame Street books, so I used a smattering as decorations.

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This big “2” balloon was in the balloon pack. The Elmo was a gift from her cousin. Tom made the street sign, and my mom painted the letters. We used this for her two year photos as well.

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These balloons were perfect.

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The tablecloth also came from Amazon, and we already had the dancing Elmo from Christmas.

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Hy-Vee came in clutch for the cake and cupcakes. I just went in with a picture and they made it happen.

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Daphne had gotten these figurines at Christmas, and they were the perfect cake toppers for our theme.

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I got these little coloring books with the crayons attached from you guessed it, Amazon. They were the perfect favors for any age group.

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Seriously so many Elmo balloons. We also had a station full of these foam shapes since Sesame Street teaches about shapes and such. They were stickers that they could make picture frames out of. We have TONS of these left over because they came in a huge pack off Amazon.

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Those little piggy tails.

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Daphie loves anything crafts, so this arty was perfectly her.

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This backdrop came from Amazon. I promise this isn’t sponsored. I wouldn’t be mad about it if they reached out though because seriously everything I bought came from Amazon.

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It’s impossible these days to get all three cousins looking at the camera and smiling…

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While it wasn’t exactly what I had planned, it was a lovely day for our little lady.

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It’s also unlikely that we will have a decent family photo for the next few years, but I love them to the moon and back.

These people are so fun to plan parties for and celebrate all the goodness that their little lives bring to us.

Daphne-2 Years

My sweet girl is TWO. Her cheeks are still as sweet as the day she arrived.

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Weight:  29 lbs, but she is getting tall and leaning out. It’s amazing look at pictures from a year ago, and seeing the difference. Although, most of that could be she actually has hair.

Health: Unfortunately, I think she has severe seasonal allergies like her momma. She has struggled when we have been outside lately. She has a reoccurring cough and her nose is constantly running. A couple weeks ago, we almost took her to the hospital because she was coughing so bad she was throwing up. So that was fun.

Diet: The girl pretty much only eats carbs and fruit. She doesn’t like much protein unless it is mixed in with rice. She loves oatmeal, bananas, and strawberries. Give this girl cheese and she will love you forever. She really love birthday cake!

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Clothes:  She is in 2T clothes. She is doing exactly what George did: was itty bitty for the full first year and then the second year they both have shot up! She is in size 6 shoes, and size 6 diapers during the day and 7 at night.

Sleeping:  We have been putting her to bed around 7:30/8 still, and she generally stays asleep through the night until I wake her up before work at 7. On the weekends, she will stay asleep almost until 8am. She is officially down to one nap. She is still in her crib, and she loves all the stuffies to be in there with her.

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Likes:  She still loves her bunnies-which have multiplied. The two original ones though are falling apart after all the love (and times through the washing machine). I am a little terrified of the day when they have to say goodbye because she will lose her mind. She loves Elmo and Sesame Street, and it is so cute to hear her sing along. She loves the color purple. She points it out every where, and insists most mornings to wear her purple bow. She loves to eat without her booster seat, but she isn’t quite big enough to consistently give her that freedom. She love magnatiles and legos. She loves to put on robes. She is all about accessories: she loves all bags, bows, and shoes. She gets a kick out of talking to people on my phone, however most of the time she just stares at the phone when I am actually recording. She loves being outside, but especially to be on the swings. She LOVES LOVES LOVES running through puddles. (It is interesting to watch the two kids play with their “mud pond” and see how differently they react to it…)

This picture is literally Daphne before she goes to bed. She needs all her friends.

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Dislikes:  when George gets to do things that she doesn’t get to do. She wants to be part of everything he is doing. She does not like when you put the cheese away. She has been having tantrums lately, mostly for unknown reasons. I chalk it up to the fact she is transitioning a lot with her language.

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Milestones: HER SPEECH! My goodness has it exploded since we had her speech assessed. She did not qualify for therapy, but that didn’t seem to matter to her. I can’t even begin to tell you all the words she says now. My favorites are purple and Abby. I also love how she says mommy (ma-yee) and daddy (da-yee). She also knows and identifies the letters A through D. She can open all doors. She knows all of her body parts.

Nicknames:  Daphie, Sisterbear, Sisterbean, Sis, and Daphie Girl. The two most common are still Daph and Sister.

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Quirks: her biggest quirk is when she goes to bed. She tucks all her stuffies underneath her chest and lays on top of them. She loves to organize things into colors. She loves routines, and she is very smart about remembering the order of tasks and she will remind you if you go out of order. Her go to pretend animal is a frog. She loves to jump around and ribbet along. She has the best scowl and surprise faces. She can command a presence for sure.

We parents are: in full project mode. We have been spending every open weekend doing outside stuff. We just started cleaning out our basement to finish it. Huge project mode! It’s also crazy to think in just a month we will be celebrating 8 years of marriage and 12 years being together. We are ready for summer!

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George is: a bundle of joy. He just lives his life to the fullest. He loves and hates his sister, which is about right for siblings. He is a sour patch kid with her. One moment he can be so sweet playing with her, and then the next tacking her to get things away from her. He did just get accepted to preschool in the school district so we are pretty excited about that. His imagination is crazy right now, and it is so much fun. We started soccer recently, and he hates it. It is only a 6 week camp, so we are having our first lesson of when we start something we finish it. He LOVES to read. Every night he has a heap of books that he “has” to read before he goes to sleep.

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The dogs are: loving the warm weather. Daphie is really indifferent about the dogs. She doesn’t seem to seek their approval out like George did.

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Baby Girl, for years and years I prayed for you. I can’t wait to see your personality come out even more over this next year. As I tell you everyday, you are smart, brave, kind, and funny. You are a force!

Here is George at 2 years.

George-Two Years

Yesterday, I sat at our pinning convocation and watched parents say goodbye to their college students.

I had some tears rolling down my own face as I watched and thought about the fact that George was turning two today. It felt like he would be in those stands next week with all my students. Emotional wreck-party of mom.

How has two years gone by since this little nugget came into our lives?

George has no time for me to be sentimental…

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Weight: 30 lbs? He is definitely starting to lean out and is getting much taller. We don’t have to lean over to hold his hand and walk anymore.

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Health:  We haven’t had too many issues. We still think that he is working on his molars, so there have been some rough days of drool, and one day of a fever for no reason. But mostly these have been the healthiest two months we have had with George in a long time!

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Diet: His diet is so unpredictable. There are days where he will barely eat anything, and then other days where he tries to eat everything in the fridge. He loves his cheerios, yogurt, raisins, and clementines (but not oranges). He loves jelly, and he will open a PB & J just to lick off the jelly. He does not like eating with kid silverware or eating with a tray on his seat. He needs to be doing everything that Tom and I are. Most of the time he will eat any spaghetti type of food or anything chicken. He has actually slowed down with his fervor for the food packets which is terrifying because that is the only way to get him to eat veggies. Although he will put some veggies on his fork…and then feed them to the dogs. That’s also how we know he is done because he starts feeding everything to Grace and Crosby and then throws his plate on the ground to share. Unfortunately he will do this even when the dogs aren’t around…

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Clothes:  George is in 2T clothing mostly, but we are starting to get out 3T shirts. He is going to have a long torso like his mommy. He is still in size 5 diapers, but we do size 6 at night. He is in a size 7 shoe.

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Sleeping:  He sleeps at night from 8pm-about 7:00 am. He sleeps through the night pretty regularly still. He goes down really easy at night. Naps are a little tricky. To be honest, we reverted back to using the pacy. One, he knows the word “pacy” so it is hard to say no to his manners when he asks for them. Also Tom and I made an agreement that we would cut him off once his molars came in. If he has a pacy at nap he goes to sleep within seconds, without it takes almost an hour. I will let him have the pacy for just a little longer, and he does put it away once he is done sleeping so I guess that is a win. He has yet to climb out of his crib, however I did catch him straddling the railing a couple weeks ago. He hasn’t done it since, but he may be in shock by my scream I let out when I walked in on him. Not.Ready.

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Likes: He loves the outdoors. He likes to ride his scooters (yes plural). He loves watching Daddy mow the lawn. He loves any big truck or tractor. He is obsessed with legos and his fire truck. He loves taking his shoes and socks off in the car. He loves his chores of dishes, laundry, and getting the dog food. Really the only one he actually does is the dog food. The other two he is working against me, but I am encouraging the help he believes he is giving. He LOVES Mickey. He gets so excited when he comes on with his clubhouse. George also loves watching Doug with Tom.  He loves to wave to Tom in the window when he goes to work, mostly because I let him stand on his bookcase..

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Dislikes: Mornings. Other people playing with trucks and tractors. Eating at the table. Forcing him to stay still (example above).

Milestones: His speech is getting more recognizable. His word bank exploded these last two months, so it was hard to keep up with all the words he knows. He learned how to say tractor, and by golly it is the cutest thing. He also has a few sentences like I go and I do it. We think that he has no understanding of what “no” actually means because he says it after everything. He can point to most of his body parts, and he likes to pick our noses when we ask were the nose is. He can put on his clothes by himself now. It doesn’t look pretty but he can do it. We finished swim lessons, and it ended much better than it started. The last few classes George was jumping into the pool by himself!

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Quirks: He is still super shy and doesn’t like big crowds. However, when he warms up to you, he loves really hard. When he is really investigating something, he lays flat on the floor to get a really close-up look. He is a very hands-on guy who loves to see every detail. He has started lining things up-crayons, cars, puzzle pieces. He just puts them all in a row. He is so sweet at our sitter’s house, he has to say goodbye to all the other little boys (who are all younger than him) and he gives them hugs. It makes me want to cry every day watching this sweetness come out. However he is an awkward hugger and keeps them in his embrace for a very long time. His run is the best. He hunches over and swings his whole body. Absolutely adorable.

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Nicknames:  Boogie, Booger, Gdubs, Gman, Little man, Georgie, Georgieman, and Boogs. Tom calls him Lawson a lot, which is his middle name.

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We parents are:  doing really well. The past few months have been fairly stress free, and we actually went out on a date…by ourselves. George loves us both hard in very different ways so that is cool to see how that is developing.

The dogs are: loving George with the extra food they get. He still tries to ride them. He also says goodnight to them and gives them kisses before we go to bed.

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George it has been such a joy to watch you grow and become a little person. We are so happy to be on this journey of life with you as your parents.