I can't believe another year has gone by, but it has now been officially TWO YEARS since I gave birth to Owen. We had a really full day today and here at the end of it, I feel like I earned my stripes (why hasn't anyone made this an official thing for us parents yet--seriously, I think we deserve it!) because it was a day of extreme ups and downs with some contentedness mixed in as well. What else could we all want, right? Here is our day through pictures:
The birthday boy first thing in the morning...I'm talkin' 5:30am, people. Kid couldn't wait to be 2 I guess. With a face like this though, how could I complain (too much)? He opened his presents early too, so that Nathan could get going to work on time and he was seriously the best present-opener I've ever seen. He honestly LOVED everything and was so excited about it all. He laughed and laughed and so did the rest of us...
|I kept this one because I love it. It's how he "keeps his eyes peeled"|
Both kids randomly decided to experiment with the arts and crafts stuff. As per usual, my initial internal reaction was one of resistance but also as per usual, I decided not to give a rat's ass and just let them go hog wild. Why not, right? What else were we going to do?
Zoe wanted to revisit the trusty "stained glass jar" project. I love this one because it's so easy (totally not my idea--got it from a Family Housing craft class we took long ago) and they come out looking really very nice. You can be as haphazard or detail oriented as you want and they all come out great. I cut a box of tissue paper into little pieces a long time ago and have saved them for an occasion like this. You just paint the jar with glue, stick the paper on however you want and paint over the paper again with glue (optional) to give a shiny finish. When it's dry, put a candle in the jar!
|The Owen "I throw things randomly when I get inexplicably mad" Stith version...plastic cup...I washed the glue and paper off when he was done because he didn't care at all about the finished product..was just glad to be doing what Zoe was doing.|
|If you know me at all, I don't have to explain how happy this makes me|
|She ended up getting creative with it and added some stars (thanks Gram!) to the outside and then a bunch of stuff inside the jar..."Party in a Jar"|
This is my life with this kid. I felt a little badly snapping a picture at this point, but on mornings like this the tantrums happen so much that sometimes you realize all you can do is wait for him to stop feeling so mad. Sometimes you give him a few MORE seconds and he comes back around to this:
No, that timeline is not at all exaggerated. It makes me feel a little insane sometimes, to tell you the truth. At one point this morning, I was carrying a flailing Owen into our room to change his diaper while Zoe was following along, crying and yelling at me because I hadn't apologized to her for wiping off 5 of the 12 layers of my blush she had just put on. I could actually feel the moment where my brain made the conscious choice to laugh at the situation instead of giving in to the chaos and completely losing my mind. I cringed and inwardly laughed at the 3 of us and our sometimes claustrophobic life and got through that moment by the skin of my teeth. The chaos continued though, and I made it my mission to get at least 2 of us outside for some fresh air...Zoe miraculously took a turn and tearfully told me to take Owen for a quick walk (to our dumpster in the parking lot to take out the garbage) because she "wanted to do something really nice that I would feel proud of (her) about" and I decided to go with it. The walk calmed me and Owen both down and by the time we got back (we took our time and chatted with a friend outside) Zoe had made us all lunch. We all sat down together and marveled at how our moods can change so quickly sometimes as we ate our PB&J. Phew!
Anyway, the rest of the day went relatively smoothly...
|Zoe reading to him. They do this so much, but I never get tired of happening upon the scene. She was singing this book, if you couldn't tell.|
|Naptime...with trusty buddies and new beloved birthday airplane.|
It rained in the afternoon and we first got caught in it and then went out in it on purpose..
|Not at all a good picture, but Owen was CRACKING UP|
This was during our venture out into the rain after getting caught in it (annoyingly I can't for the life of me figure out how to rotate this video). We ran into our friends Joshua and Charrie and the kids had a blast in this puddle for a while...
The kids also helped make the birthday brownies, of course...
..and when Nathan got home we got to sing to the birthday boy and eat those brownies up!
|I love how Zoe is forever the protective big sister..."Careful, Owen"|
|The both of them had been waiting SO LONG to eat those brownies...look at them! SO CLOSE!!|
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, BUDDY!