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.
coffee, la croix, juices
bagels, smoked salmon, cream cheese
martha stewart's tomato-pesto frittata
fruit salad and plain yogurt
smitten kitchen's carrot cake cupcakes with maple-cream cheese frosting
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
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.]