Thanks to my friend Jenny's twins being born one week prior to A and B, I got to copy her brilliant idea of a "birthday play-by-play" last year. And I had so much fun, I decided to do it again this year!
What's a "birthday play-by-play", you ask?
Well, I like to think of it as a snapshot in time. I take a gazillion (or more accurately, just over 200) pictures on the girls' birthday. I jot down as much detail as I can during the day...what time the girls got up...what they had for breakfast...who said what...where we went...and what we did.
I would love to be able to keep this up in the years to come, and have what I imagine will be a pretty awesome account of a "day in the lives", year by year.
So, without further ado, and with apologies upfront for the picture-heavy post...
I present to you the girls' Second Birthday Play-by-Play!
7:30am: Good morning to my beautiful birthday girls! When I said, "Tell Sissy 'happy birthday'," they did in unison...so sweet!
Morning snuggles with "tiny baby dolls".
7:45am: Downstairs in the den, the girls discovered their new couch. Here you see them giving it the "crawl and climb" test.
8:15am: Mommy made a very special breakfast that included French toast. "Hey, it's not Sunday morning!" the girls must have thought. "This IS going to be a special day!"
After breakfast, the girls made themselves at home on their new couch. They snuggled with their various dolls and doggies and looked at some books.
Even on their birthday, there was still work to be done in the kitchen. :)
11:00am: We met Aunt Shanda for lunch at Garcia's. Aunt Shanda was there when the girls were born...and we have to make a point to see her sometime during our special day every year!
12:15pm: Home from lunch. The girls piled back up on the couch and admired their new puppy doggies from Aunt Shanda, along with their shiny silver purses (not pictured). :)
3:30pm: After naptime, Miss Jennifer (a very sweet college student who has helped me with the girls a couple of times) stopped by. She brought the girls magical microphones, which they've since discovered make singing the ABCs even more fun!
5:30pm: Mommy made one of the girls' favorite dishes, shrimp scampi with mushrooms, over wild rice. They cleaned their plates and asked for seconds. Mommy finally had to say no when they asked for thirds...they didn't know they needed to save room for CAKE!
The girls have sampled plenty of sweets, but this was the first time they ever got an actual serving of a dessert...for themselves...with ICE CREAM. The chocolate molten lava pudding cake and vanilla ice cream were a hit!
After supper, the girls got to open their gifts from Mommy and Daddy, two books each. I'm guessing by the looks on their faces that A asked B, "Hey, what'cha got there?" And B said, tearfully, "I don't know! I can't open it...Mommy uses too much tape!"
6:15pm: We enjoyed some cuddle time with our new books on our new couch before it was time to go upstairs for one last cup of milk.
7:15pm: Every night, after we drink our milk, we put on our night-time diapers, read a bedtime story, and snuggle with Daddy.
7:30: Mommy sings a silly little song..."Let's brush our teeth and wash our faces, and then we'll go to bed and say our graces!"
Happy birthday, Baby Girls!We are so very blessed!