We started the day with Dunkin Donuts and balloons--Edith is kind of a hashbrown (but not a doughnut! what?!) freak so that's what she got. When she woke up and came into our room to discover four balloons waiting for her you would have thought I had just given a 16-year-old a brand new car. The joy was palpable. She grabbed them and did a "balloon happy dance" for a solid 5 minutes straight (there's video of it on my Instagram). At breakfast she opened her present, which was this bird. After breakfast the kids painted some plastic stained glass window toys I had bought at the Dollar Tree with the balloons in an effort to make the day a bit easier on Elden.
Following breakfast were my appointments--which the kids came to (more on that tomorrow)--then a trip to Target to pick out a small ($1) toy for doing so well at the ultrasound. I got the kids each a McDonald's happy meal for lunch as a special treat on the way back and then after lunch was nap/quiet time.
When the kids woke up, we realized Edith's gift had already stopped working. Thankfully, we had already gotten this for Christmas for her (and it's on sale right now so if you like it I recommend buying it now!) so we just gave her that instead and then returned the faulty bird to Target. After Target we ran to Costco to get pizzas. On Edith's birthday menu this year were pizza, potato chips and dip, tortilla chips and spinach artichoke dip, fresh fruit with chocolate dip, a veggie tray, and a pumpkin roll from our favorite bakery. We just had immediate family over to celebrate her. Since Edith is not generally a cake/baked goods fan, we decided to put her candles in a mini trifle bowl of Skittles. We sang, she blew out her candles, and happily munched away on her candy before presents.
The kids had a blast with our families and for once we had basically the exact amount of food. I'm definitely a fan of low-key parties, especially when our kids seem to enjoy themselves so much.
Jon and I put the kids down late and perused my Timehop as we reflected on the last two years and how much joy Edith brings us. Today is her 2-year well visit and we will ask her pediatrician if he thinks it's okay to turn her forward facing in the car. Since she is tall for her age I don't expect any problems, so in theory we will now have two "big" kids!