I really thought about calling this the "Best Darned Two-tin Birthday" but it was a little bit too much.
Elizabeth turned two (!) on April 15. TWO. Judging from her behaviour and mannerisms, she's been two for about 6 months now, but according to the calendar, it only just happened. I think the same thing will happen when she turns fourteen, but has been "fourteen" for 2 and a half years.
We started the day off right: regular old cereal and bananas while opening all her birthday cards. Seriously, the best part about living away from all your family is all the MAIL!! I had to go to the post office depot twice to pick up packages - and one was kind of hard to pick up, because it was mailed to Elizabeth Hawkeye, and my ID clearly says Georgina. Luckily, Elizabeth was crashing around the depot as I explained this to the Postie, and there was a huge lineup, so he let me take it. Sometimes toddlers are helpful like that. Then I wrote a love letter to my postman - yes, he's a postman, not a postwoman.
And thank goodness I did, because the package he left that day was this one:
Back to the birthday: cereal, bananas, cards. Then presents from Mum and Dad: a Charlie & Lola stick-on-felt set, a yellow race car toy, a Tiger Who Came To Tea tea set, and a set of talking Buzz Lightyear and Woody toys. The Buzz and Woody were purchased with assistance from multiple people - we can't take all the credit - and were an instant hit.
We had a birthday party for Elizabeth at her favourite playground, with her favourite pals, and her favourite foods (grapes, strawberries, Goldfishes, Muller yogurts, and chocolate cupcakes). The presents were opened 'organically' - as in, whenever I noticed her playing with the child who brought the gift, I brought the gift to be opened. It worked out pretty well, compared to her 1st birthday party, when she was Queen Overwhelma and ended up being Little Miss Puke-A-Lot.
All in all, it was a total success, as far as second birthday parties go. There were two moments of parenting awesomeness that require noting. And luckily, because we are awesome at getting bad pictures, both were well photographed.
Here is Elizabeth going across a raised separated-platform-bridge-thing:
Towards the end of the party (ie 12:30 pm - getting pretty close to lunch-and-nap time) Elizabeth and Cal were playing Monkey on the rope bridge:
I feel like I need a concluding sentence here ... In conclusion, best birthday party ever.