It’s hard to believe that our little guy turned two today! Okay, maybe it’s not… It seems like once he hit the “terrible two” phase, I just sort of aged him up in my head. He has been two for at least a couple of months in my mind. Today it is official though. Owen is two! I was so excited that he survived us his first year. When Owen turned one, it was a big victory for me. I did it! One year! Woo hoo! Two is different. More than survival, I feel like this year has been all about getting to know Owen and who he is becoming. He is a sweet and crazy kid. He is unpredictable and keeps me on my toes. He loves so many thing. His current favorite things are vehicles (such as trucks, trains, buses), Winnie the Pooh, and animals. He is Daddy’s helper and loves being outside roaming the garage or yard with Jeremy. He amazes me with the words that he knows and the logic that he understands. He is way smarter than I realize and he surprises me often. While parenting any kiddo has it’s challenges, being Owen’s mom has been one of the greatest adventures of my life. I have loved watching him grow and become this fascinating little boy. He is a joy (most of the time). I am excited to see him take on the role of big brother soon. I’m hoping and praying this new job description will be one that he enjoys.
Today was a massively fun day. I didn’t want for this to happen, but I had to schedule a doctor’s appointment today. Since Jeremy and I didn’t want to be away from Owen too long on his birthday, we made plans for a grand adventure. The day started at Lattin’s Cider Mill & Farm. It’s a place that we’ve been to often, but it opened early enough for us to stop and play before our doctor’s appointment. Owen got to feed the animals on the farm and he even got to walk around and admire the Tumwater School District bus in the parking lot. He tried to feed the bus the animal feed we bought! My mom came along so she could watch Owen while we had our appointment. Owen and Grandma shopped at Target and played at the mall play area. After our appointment, we met up for lunch at Chipotle. For the first time, Owen got his own bowl and he didn’t have to share with Jeremy. He thoroughly enjoyed his meal and ended it with a few of his favorite sweet treats – M&Ms. We took off to get my mom home and Jeremy back to work. On the way, we stopped by a local tent sale and Owen ran around the tent like it was a part of the party day. It was crazy how much he loved running around the tent. And when I say running, I mean running!!! I could barely keep up. While dropping Jeremy off at work, Owen got to say to hi to Nana and Papa and get his birthday hugs.
All the activity tired Owen and I out. It was quickly nap time upon arriving home. Owen got a great nap in and woke up in time for pizza! Yum! After pizza, we did cake and presents. I tried to get creative yesterday and I made Owen a brownie cake. He loves brownies, but I wanted something a little more impressive looking. Making a brownie cake was tricky. The cake ended up being held together by a lot of frosting, but it turned out better than I expected and Owen loved it! A total win! Owen also liked the wrapping paper I selected for his gifts. It was from The Container Store, so it wasn’t the cheapest wrapping paper, but it was cute and had cars and trucks all over it (Jeremy thought this was a silly purchase, but I am sucker for a theme and I couldn’t help it)! I think Owen liked all his gifts and we ended the night with play time and then bath time. Owen is really digging bubble baths right now so it was the perfect way to finish up the evening before heading to bed to read new birthday books.
Owen had a very happy birthday, indeed. Birthdays are very special and I can’t wait to celebrate many more with him! Below are a few highlights from our day in pictures. It was hard to pick just a few since I took over 400 today (yes, I am that parent). Happy 2nd birthday, Owen! We love you!