The day started with a trip to the Pancake House, followed by a trip to the bookstore where we bought three books for Jack’s gift.
After a (very short) nap that afternoon, I got started on making peanut butter-filled chocolate cupcakes (yes, I allowed him to have a real cupcake for his birthday – but to make myself feel better, I only used organic ingredients! And they were made completely from scratch! :-/). And, of course, because it was his birthday, I let Jack lick the batter off the spatula.
He was really happy about that.
And by really happy, I mean very happy.
“Show Mama what you’re eating, Jack!”
“Enjoy the sugar while you can, kid…” 🙂
Later on, family began to arrive for dinner…
Aunt Amie helped with Forrest…
And so did his great-great grandmommy Rubie!
We all ate a delicious dinner of chicken sausages, carmelized onions, corn-on-the-cob, fresh fruit salad, and rolls, and then broke out the cupcakes!
Gramps chose the most scrumptious-looking cupcake and stuck a candle in it.
We sang “Happy Birthday” to Jack, and he almost burst into tears – it was sad and hilarious all at the same time!
And then the big ol’ 2-year-old blew his candle out all by himself!
The cupcake was a huge hit…
He truly couldn’t stop smiling!
Then Daddy offered him ice cream…
He thought it looked pretty cool, but he did not want to eat it! Good boy! 😉
He was being such a goof!
Then came present time! Jack was given his very own little table with two chairs (which he sat at the entire time), three books, and some wonderful (greatly needed) Pediped sandals!
He ripped the paper like a pro…
…And he gave Ryan all the pieces he tore off!
I loved how appropriately excited he was about his gifts…his expressions were priceless.
After he finished opening his presents, Jack went to recline on the floor just like his Aunt Amie – needless to say, we thought it was cute!
Oh, what a joy it was to celebrate the second year of this boy’s life! It was so peaceful and relaxed, and I’m so glad we’ve chosen to celebrate most birthdays without big parties and the inevitable stress that accompanies them. I think Jack’s birthday turned out just right!
And of course…
…our happy boy ate this morning’s breakfast at his very own table – just because he can!