In A Blink Of An Eye, She’s Two.

Evangeline had her second birthday this past week on the 18th. She really didn’t understand that it was her special day. We did scatter balloons throughout the house, and that kept her happy for hours. While the balloons were kicked and tossed around the rooms by chubby little feet, the girls and I made cake pops, and put the finishing touches on her tent.

We started the tent last week. Husband built a simple tent frame from wooden 2 x 4’s and dowels. Lenore, (always eager to help build anything with her dad) sanded and stained the wood herself. I think she did a great job.

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Great job, Lenore!
Fantastic job, Miss Lenore!

While they worked on the frame, Alex and I went shopping for the fabric. Raven stayed with the baby. Originally, we wanted to do a surf-shack theme. I was going to sew little surf boards onto a garland, we were going to use blue water print fabric. It was all planned out.

But then, Alex found this adorable Aloha fabric, and we knew this was perfect.

Adorable hot pink and lime green Aloha fabric!
Adorable hot pink and lime green Aloha fabric!

We got the bright green solid fabric to make the ties, and I didn’t want to truly give up on the surf-board idea just yet so I got the yellow too. Unfortunately, once I put the detail on the boards, it was really busy with the pink fabric. It didn’t work. I still have the fabric, but I went with yellow ruffle polka dot instead.

 

This is before I had all of the ties sewn to the sides. You need the ties, to pull the fabric tight. The yellow ruffle is just for fun.
Aloha tent for our baby girl!  This is before I had all of the ties sewn to the sides. You need the ties, to pull the fabric tight. The yellow ruffle is just for fun. She loves it!

When everyone was home in the evening, we had a little family party for our girl. She clapped when we sang Happy Birthday, and loved her cake pops. She REALLY got into opening the presents this time. This past Christmas, there wasn’t much of an interest in the whole present thing. Something clicked in the past 8 weeks, because now she’s all for it.

And like that, the day was over. She didn’t want to go to bed and have the day come to an end. Neither did we, but she has been playing in that tent every day. I’m so glad the family got together to make her day special. Happy Birthday, baby girl! We’re looking forward to all the adventures ‘2’ will bring.

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