Monday we celebrated a little boy’s second birthday. He was excited from the moment he woke up, thanks to Ryan faithfully crossing off calendar days for two weeks leading up to his birthday. We’d been talking about birthday cakes and candles, balloons and presents, and he couldn’t wait. Could. Not. Wait!
We’d decided to have a family party, and at the last minute invited two friends to join us for cake and presents. All day long, I told Jameson that when Daddy got home from work, the party would start. When Ryan called to say he was on his way home, Jameson went through the roof with excitement. He could hardly stand still while I got him dressed into clean “party” clothes, and then proceeded to run in circles in the back yard (falling much more than once, and hardly even noticing.) Ryan called to Jameson from the driveway, and when Jameson pushed open the gate, there stood Ryan with ten helium balloons and a special Thomas Train balloon. Jameson was beside himself happy. Just absolutely giddy with it all.
Dinner, and then basketball with Rune and Daddy (more running in circles, absolutely thrilled with the whole party thing), and then inside for CAKE!! Oh, he couldn’t wait to blow out those candles!
We opened presents, and he loved even the clothes. His favorite, though, was the big gift we saved for last: a wooden train set. He was SO EXCITED.
There are videos forthcoming of both the candles and the train set gift, for those who are interested.
Anyway, it was a pretty exciting day. I had so much fun sharing in his enthusiasm, knowing that no effort on my part to make it special would be lost. He loved every bit, from hanging the birthday banner to licking the beaters to waiting for the sound of Daddy coming home. It was the most fun birthday I’ve been a part of in a long time, and I remembered again how much fun being a kid is on those special days. And I appreciated again how much a mother’s enthusiasm makes all the difference. (Thanks, Mom!)