Holidays & Special Events

Jameson’s Second Birthday

Our baby boy is TWO!!! It’s been a week and a half now and I still can’t really believe it. But two is so much fun already. Two is running everywhere, scrapes on his knees, chatting about everything, giving biiiiig hugs (“I cold, Mommy. I need hug.”), wrestling with Daddy, and facing his fears. Two is the best. 🙂

We had such a fun day celebrating Jameson and I wanted to share a bit about it here. His birthday fell on a Tuesday this year so Alex took the day off and we spent it all together. I put up a few fun decorations to surprise Jameson in the morning (which he went nuts for) and we let him open one gift from us before we headed out for some fun. It was a Spider-Man action figure (his current obsession) and you better believe it came with us on all our adventures that day. 😉

We decided a few weeks ago to go to the aquarium for his birthday, since he’d never been and we thought he might like it. It turned out to be the perfect choice! He looooved looking at all the animals (especially the Nemo and Dory fishies, and the turtles) and had a blast playing in the aquarium’s little play area. Plus it was a weekday morning so it wasn’t crowded at all and a good way to get out of the heat since it’s still basically summer in Arizona.

After the aquarium we went to the Rainforest Cafe for some lunch and this turned out to be the worst decision ever hahah. We thought Jameson would think the animals were super cool (at first he did) but every 15 minutes or so the entire restaurant gets dark and simulates a loud thunderstorm with all the animatronics going crazy. Plus we were seated right in front of the gorillas which were by far the scariest ones in the whole place (I didn’t even like them haha). So Jameson ended up eating his lunch on my lap and hiding his face every time the animals made noise. We ate as fast as we could and blew out of there but we felt terrible for scaring him on his birthday! Poor buddy!

We got home for Jameson’s nap and then it was party time! We didn’t plan a whole big thing this year, partly because we knew it would be a lot for Jameson and partly because I’m having a baby next month and was not in any mood to plan, decorate, entertain, and clean up for a party like we did last year. But Jameson didn’t seem to mind and honestly had a blast anyway! We celebrated with family at my in-laws house and spent the evening doing all of Jameson’s favorite things…swimming, eating Pirate’s Booty, having pizza, opening tons of awesome gifts, and of course enjoying cupcakes!

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My favorite part was singing “Happy Birthday” to him (which was actually my favorite part on his first birthday, too). This year he totally knew what was coming and was sooo excited when he saw his cupcake with the candle on it! We’d been practicing for weeks with me singing to him and then him waiting until the song was over to blow out a pretend candle. So as soon as we started singing on his birthday his whole face completely lit up and I just knew he was thinking, “This is it. This is what I’ve been waiting for.” And he did such a great job! He waited until the song was over and blew out that candle with such confidence and excitement. It was adorable! 🙂

Happy happy second birthday, Nugget!!! We love you so. ❤

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