I had this banner made at BirthdayExpress.com for next to nothing. Someone had a good idea (Poppy, I think) to just get one that says, "Happy Birthday, Tylee" so we can use it over and over. Hm - good idea Popster! Tylee went down for her nap before I did any decorating. She was excited for her party but didn't have a clue what was going to happen. I mostly decorated with balloons but the house looked really cute when she woke up from her nap. It was so cute watching her awe over the decor. I think she thought that was the extent of the party! All of the guests arrived and we opened presents. Tylee was going a lot faster than I was. She would dig in a sack, grab the card, open it, throw it down, and move on to the next gift. I was thoroughly confused who brought what but she was having a GREAT time so I tried not to intervene too much. I was able to get everything worked out before we finished things up. She had a hard time putting something down after she opened it because she was afraid someone else would get it. She had both hands crammed full trying to open her next gift. It was really cute. (I should have more pictures soon! I was too busy sorting and organizing gifts/cards to take any pictures myself!) Next up? The pinata! Another cheap party favorite. Since Tylee was only 2, I got the pull-string one. Tylee got to pull the first string and guess what? It was THE one. All the candy didn't fall out and the other kids got a turn before we shook it and got everything out. After everyone had filled their sacks, the other kids were in the garage going through them and Tylee snuck off to the front porch by herself to go through hers by herself. I hope that isn't the first sign of a hoarder. And finally, the moment Tylee had been waiting for! Birthday Cake! I wanted to practice blowing out the candle last week but Tj thought we should leave it spontaneous. Tylee kind of got the idea but wasn't strong enough to get the flame out so Mommy had to help her.She has used a spoon and fork for over a year now and eaten several pieces of birthday cake but what does she do? Eats it just like last year! Without hands! Overall, it was a great day. Tylee had SO much fun and was so good all day. It was great to see her so happy and having so much fun. I'm sad birthday week is over but am trying to soak in every moment and live in the now rather than wishing it was closer to Christmas or thinking about how much fun she will be next year. We finished the weekend off with a couple days at home playing with her new toys and enjoying our big girl. One last time - Happy Birthday, Miss Tylee!
Love always and forever,
The rest of the weekend was spent in our swimming suits at home. Swimming lessons wore me out and for once, I was happy to stay home all weekend! Tj had also been working a different job and we've only seen each other in passing the last two weeks. We played in Tylee's little pool during the day Saturday and that evening we went to his cousins wedding reception. Tylee was a dancing fool. I was grinning from ear-to-ear watching her dance. I swear, I never knew true happiness until I had her.Tylee and I spent Father's Day at home with her Daddy. I didn't have anything special planned but was excited to spend the day at home with him. I made him his favorite meal (steak and potatoes) and again, we spent the day playing in Tylee's little pool. Tylee took a 4.5 hour nap so Mommy and Daddy got some much needed down time as well. And that brings us to today. Exciting stuff, huh? Good thing I have cute pictures to lure you in. Even after her 4-hour nap, Tylee (and Mommy) slept in until after 9am. 5:30am is going to come awful early in the morning when we have to get up for work! We went to the library a few weeks ago and checked out some books. Of course, we ended up bringing home a Diego book. It was due today so we headed to the library to return it and check out a few new ones. I thought it was going to be very tramatic but she dropped it in the box and walked away without a fuss. We headed straight for the "D's" and grabbed another one. We also got a Dora Birthday book! When we got home, we headed down to the beach to swim. Tylee was weirded out by the sand and Daddy got called to go to work, so we didn't stay long. And that brings us to now! Tylee has been asleep for almost 3 hours and I've been relaxing and getting the house in order for her birthday party next weekend! I am so excited. I wish she knew to be excited because I think she is going to have SO much fun. I hope to have a birthday sneak peak up sometime soon. And that concludes the most boring post ever. What can I say? I'm in a blog rut.
I have been so proud of Tylee and how well she has done. Her teacher has all the confidence in the world in her which makes me feel safe, and in return gives Tylee confidence. The more we do and farther we go, the more scared she seems to be each night. At times I feel like we are going backwards but then all the sudden, we take 10 steps forward. She fought backfloating all week but has finally started to relax the past couple days. She even kicked her feet last night! I could go on for days about all the things we've learned and how excited I am that we decided to take her. I think it has been a great experience for both of us but I can't tell you how happy I am - ONLY 1 MORE DAY!