Almost a month ago now, on the 19th of July, our little rainbow and baby of the family (Miss Alice) turned a big 2 years old! Like last year, I meant to write about it around when it all happened, but as it always falls so close to the end of term and at busy time of year, we unfortunately got so busy and swept up in the start of the Summer holidays that writing about it all just passed me by!
I suppose being an end of July baby, this could be a sign of things to come. Thank goodness she has her Dad’s laid back tendencies with things!
This year it was another simple affair, which I am also quickly realising seems to go a long with Alice’s chilled nature. As it was her 2nd birthday (and by family tradition we would normally have their first party), we soon realised unlike her siblings she doesn’t particularly mingle with any kids her age on a regular basis that we would think to invite. She has a couple of girls at church but barely will go near anyone, and then her cousins are all spread out and so we decided that we would have a simple family picnic on the green and a family day out at the weekend.
The weather was great on her birthday and I spent the day with her at the Deep in Hull with a friend and her son from the village whilst the kids were at school. She loves fish and animals and had a lot of joy and excitement from this trip. That evening Grandma Smith came over and we headed to the village green for a picnic tea with lots of her faves. It was so chilled that we didn’t even have a cake for her, but rather she was simply delighted with a little chocolate cupcake and candle (that she soon realised was not edible!).
At the weekend we headed to the coast and took her on a boat ride, followed by chips and an ice cream on the Harbour. It was a lovely evening and a great way to celebrate Alice. She quickly cottoned on to what “A Happy Birthday” meant and she thoroughly enjoyed it all!
At 2 I want to remember her belly laughs and how she laughs at “goggys” (dogs) whilst signing “dogs”!
I want to remember how she stands on her tippy toes to put the bathroom taps on and then laughs her head off as water sprays every where!!
I want to remember her brilliant horrified face and the way she turns her nose up at any foods you push her way that she doesn’t like.
I want to remember how she says “bah-bye” to anything that disappears, how she adores her daddy and watches him leave for work from the bay window, whilst shouting “bah-bye daddy”.
I want to remember how she goes nuts and panics over the teeniest of creatures and calls them all “piders”!
I want to remember how much she loves playing with her siblings, how she fights them back and how cheeky she is with them!
I want to remember how loving and kind she is and how every morning on the way to school she signs birds as she hears them in the trees!
I want to remember how she climbs up on to the counter tops and then sits on the window sill to help herself to the fruit bowl!
I want to remember how she loves to pick daisys on the school run, hates being in the pram and can undo her car seat and climb out (every journey!).
I want to remember how she snuggles, holds my little finger instead of my hand and how she hold my shoulders when I carrier on hikes!
I want to remember how girly and pretty she is in style and how everyone loves her big blue eyes and blonde curls.
Happy 2nd Birthday Alice (even if it is rather late). You are fierce, loving, really nuts and life is better with you in it!