This post has been sitting in my draft folder for almost a week now. Why? Because I was insistent that I wasn't going to post it without the video and I just could not get the video to behave properly here on OS.
Saturday was an amazing and special day. The munchkinette turned 2. Two years old! How did that happen? It seemed that all I did was blink and she went from newborn to toddler. I know they say it goes so fast, but does it ever!
The party was a blur, as was my child. The rainy weather did nothing to dampen the spirits of the kids inside Gymboree. Miss Teri did a phenomenal job in keeping them all entertained. I had looked forward to trying out a 50 mm 1.4 fast lens to get some great indoor flash-free shots of the kids, yet between socializing, my child sprinting at the pace of the road runner, and having chosen to shoot on aperture priority rather than shutter priority, I'm not thrilled with my results. But you'll see them in the video below.
Wonderfully, Josie, Zara's firstmother, came up for the big event. I put her cake decorating skills to work as we added Dora, Boots and Swiper to the plain white cake. She, much more than my dear AdoringHusband, became my right hand for organizing and helping set up when we got to Gymbo. She also had a good time playing with the Zizi-blur in the play area. Finally when we got back home, Zara slowed down enough that I was able to get some nice pictures of them together, that is after we went out accompanying the big girl on her first ride on her new bike!
No other gifts were opened that day. Everyone was just spent.
The next day we started the process and even halfway through our family room looked like a Toys R Us explosion! So far there's been one Princess book (I've convinced her that they are just nice ladies and not the dreaded p-word) and one toy related to that spawn of the devil, Barbie, that I promptly hustled out of the house over Zizi's cries of "open, open!""Mommy will get you a Dora car instead of this one, I promise! This one needs to be fixed." Yeah, it needs to be fixed to keep the Antichrist Barbie outta my house for another year at least.
Luckily I had the presence of mind during the chaos that was the putting out the food and getting the cake ready to hand my little Sony camera to my dear friend Julie who captured the happy birthday singing for this year. I spent the past couple of days making my little pathetic attempt at a video. Yet when I posted it to Facebook it got pulled for copyright violations (the background music). Well know what? I'm self hosted. I will host it here on my own site, for you my readers. Enjoy my Happy Birthday to my not quite so little girl.
Since this is so late, let me also add Happy Mother's Day to the moms in heart and spirit. And happy birthday AdoringHusband! Hope you enjoy your radio-controlled glider!
Addendum: So I arrive home and view this post on my home machine and see no video at all. Now I am ready to start hurling things. Yet before engaging in such destruction, I visited Adobe and installed/upgraded Adobe Flash Player. Now, as my munchkin says, There It Is!
If anyone is having trouble seeing the video, you might try that as well.