happy belated birthday to Kate

The past two weeks we have been sick. Oh, so sick. First it was just Kate, then Brian, a week later Isabel, the next day me. Yuck, yuck, yuckiness. We still are not back to normal, but getting closer each day.

During this sicky time, Kate celebrated her 2nd birthday. November 12th, to be exact. It is really hard to wrap my mind around the fact that I am a mother…much less a mother of a 2 year old AND a newborn. I love it, though. I wouldn’t change a thing. (Well, I wouldn’t mind being a little skinnier these days.) During all last week Kate and I practiced saying and showing how old she is. She can do it, but alas, she WILL NOT perform for her Daddy or the camera. So, y’all are just going to have to take my word for it. Kate says, “I twooo.” And holds up two fingers. Adorable. But, of course I think that.

I was feeling particularly blue the day after Kate’s birthday. Not really feeling well. Tired from sick children. Emotional for no reason (none I could fathom). Brian caught me when he came home from work, sitting in the dark, staring at the computer screen, crying like a baby. I looked through these past 2 years of pictures. I am so completely blessed. My little Kate has brought more joy than I ever imagined. Yet, I am still a little saddened by how quickly time passes by. I mean…this was just YESTERDAY…wasn’t it?

It really does seem like yesterday, or the day before yesterday. Because these pictures here really feel like yesterday.

Seriously, these are last year around her first birthday. I could just squeeze the cuteness out of her. And those ears! I love ’em.

Okay, the walk down memory lane is over. For now, anyway. Last year we had a big party with both sets of grandparents and all the cousins (except 1), a pinata, an awesome chicken cake, dinner, games, etc. It was her first birthday. We had had quite a tough year. So, we celebrated.

This year, was more low key. Just dinner with us. It was nice. Her big brother came and visited. We had cake, ice cream, and presents. She really didn’t feel well, but that didn’t stop her from having fun. She helped mommy make the cake.

You can see, she was a big help. (Do you like the way I learned to upload a collage? Fancy, huh?)

She had fun with her BIG brother. So did Molly. Molly acted like a crazy dog all night long. She was so very excited to see Jason.

Kate really liked her cake. I know it isn’t the most obvious puppy. (Last year’s chicken was way better.) You have to look at it for a minute. But, Kate knew right away what it was. That morning, she said, “Puppy? Puppy! Puppy! Puppy!” She was such a big girl, too. Trying to blow out the candle. She was a little more interested in the m&m’s I used for the blanket. (That is what the puppy is supposed to be laying on…a blanket. I thought the cake needed some color. So, there you go.)

It was a good day, all around. A little bittersweet for mommy, though. Kate wore herself out playing with brother. She slept long and hard that night. The next day we went to the park…where she swung herself silly.

I love these kind of pictures. Where you capture their glee. Their unadulterated, absolute, marvelous joy. Oh, to be a kid again. Well, not really. But to have those moments again. Pure. Real. Honest. I just love this little girl.

Side note: The head is still left on the puppy cake. It looks kind of creepy. The head sitting on the plate. But, I think I can still eat it. I do love cake. Maybe I will go eat some now.

Happy Thursday.

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