Miss Amy turned two years old on Friday. I would say, "time flies, I can hardly believe it, they grow up so fast, etc" - which is all true. But at the same time it has been two FULL years of joy and work and growth and patience and happiness, so to say that it's gone so quickly really isn't fair either.
But either way, to celebrate the blessing that Amy has been in our lives for these past two years we planned a whole weekend of birthday fun. On the big day itself I took Amy out to breakfast at IHOP - just us girls, as Don wasn't out of work yet. We ran some quick errands, did some housework, then went outside to meet Daddy when he got home. The afternoon was spent opening presents with Grandma and Grandpa R via the modern magic of Skype, and then a mostly quiet evening, just the three of us, with a few remaining presents, dinner, and a birthday ice cream cake. The cake and the balloons were probably the highlights for Amy, in addition of course to all the nice gifts she received. She really seemed quite delighted with everything.
We left first thing Saturday morning to drive to Baltimore for a day at the National Aquarium. This was a repeat of last year's birthday outing - we had such a fun time we had to do it again. Being a weekend, it was crowded, but we slipped in before the worst of the crowd and had a wonderful time. I continue to be so pleased and impressed and grateful at what an easygoing kid Amy is, and how happy she is to go along with all sorts of new activities and appreciate new experiences. It was a blast all around. After getting home in the afternoon we were all pretty tired, but still enjoyed a pizza dinner in front of the TV - always a treat.
Sunday was warm and beautiful, and we were happy to be home and have a simple day of cleaning up the yard and garage while Amy ran around outside. It was a peaceful and productive day and a nice way to cap a fun but busy weekend.
So now, as my Granddaddy always says about birthdays, we begin year three!