So after noah’s big superhero extravaganza we had to gear back up and plan for emily’s second birthday (noah, meanwhile, immediately moved on to planning his 5th birthday party, it’s Cars themed in case you wanted to prepare). Whereas noah had very, very particular interests, emily is kind of game for anything. So we weren’t sure of what to theme the party, and then Lauren suggested music and it was all so clear. emily sings ALL THE TIME! She loves music, so it was perfect. We picked four of her favorites to put on the cake (I’m a little teapot, Baby bumble bee, The wheels on the bus, and, of course, Back in the USSR or as our kids know it “THE AIRPLANE SONG!”), ordered some blow-up guitars plus kid sunglasses, and made a mix CD of emily’s favorite rock songs. So not so crazy as noah’s party, nor nearly as large, but on par with noah’s second birthday party, so we’re being fair! It was nice to have a more laidback gathering, although, I won’t lie, I did miss getting crazy with the decorations and set-up, so I put all my energy into the mix CD packaging and a few record designs I put up. emily had a blast with her friends and actually ate the cake this time (for her first birthday she refused, which now seems even more crazy as she LOVES chocolate). And I got some pretty cool shots with the sunglasses on the kids, it’s pretty much instant cuteness.
The next day emily got her big gift, a dollhouse! noah and I were definitely into it, although play with it has been off and on. em likes to put everyone to bed while noah likes to tie things from the ceilings and roofs and swing them around. Clearly different play patterns. noah got a stomp rocket and scooter for his birthday. The stomp rocket has been a huge hit, we’ll see how long it takes before we lose all the foam rockets to roofs and trees!
emily is still in love with reading, and has started to read books to herself (that is she has memorized books, or enough of a book to flip through it and tell herself the story, it’s adorable). She is still eating pretty much everything, although can be picky about when she will eat things and has found new treats to obsess over: currently cashew nuts and raisins (and still loving yogurt drops, obviously). She loves to imitate or follow noah’s lead when they play together. Whether it is running around the house playing “chase” or pretending to throw bananas at each other at the dinner table, or singing a song together, they definitely amuse each other. And they still fight over Lauren’s time, I’m only worth fighting over if Lauren happens not to be around, but I accepted that fate a long time ago. emily is still loving swim class and along with noah continues to progress into quite the fish. Her favorite part is jumping into the pool, so much so that she decided to bring that into her everyday life and now attempts to jump off of everything (yay!), thus adding gray hairs to both lauren and my head.
noah really likes to talk about how strong he is and flex his muscles (picture him grimacing while flexing his muscles so hard that he shakes, yes it is hilarious). He is pretty much stronger than anything and anyone according to him (including metal, wood, professional athletes, etc.). Although sometimes he admits I am stronger than him when I have to help with something (and by association I am therefore stronger than all other dads, so beware!). He has also been doing this annoying sing-songy taunting voice to brag about stuff he gets or things he has that others don’t.
Both kids still end up in our bed most weekend mornings. We used to be able to eke out a little more sleep this way when noah was little, unfortunately that is not the case with two munchkins. emily is unwilling to just lie quietly regardless, it is much more fun to mess with noah and giggle and kick and fight over being next to mommy. Very relaxing.
Other than Emily’s birthday party we also had lots of “Mardi Gras” celebrations. Mainly because noah and em love playing with the plethora of beaded necklaces my mom has at her house. So lots of wearing and collecting of beads and dancing with them. We also went to the Japanese Showa school for the celebration of Hinamatsuri. We got to meet Ada’s new baby brother, Nicholas, whom emily was fascinated by (she read him books!). Lauren went away for work to Seattle and got to bring Noah’s toy Flash for company to keep up the tradition I started last year with sending photos back along the way. It’s a great way for the kids to feel connected even when we are away.
So here’s all the shots for March including some funny ones from his school the teachers posted: