Birthday party number two
by Karla ° Monday, November 24, 2008
Because Nate was born on December 22nd, we celebrate his birthday in November, if nothing else, than to make sure we remember to wrap his birthday presents in balloon-covered wrapping paper, and his Christmas presents in red and green and rosy-cheeked Santa paper.

Also, both Mark’s and my family live in a Snow Belt region and travel anytime after the first snow fall, which often happens in October, can be iffy and unpredictable at the best of times.

Observe Exhibit A, a recent snap snot taken by my Mom of her yard:

Exhibit A. Also why I no longer live in Penetang

This year’s birthday party was very different from last year though, in that it was a totally low-key and quiet affair with just the Grandparents, Nate’s Aunt, Uncle and his Cousin, who, by the way, speaks both English and French, but mostly French and I just about melted into a mushy accent-loving puddle over how adorable he sounds. "KarrrrrrrlA! Ma tante KarrrrrrrlA"

Unlike last year, there was no house bursting at the seams with people and no pulsing fridge filled with hors d’oeuvres that needed to be either baked or cooked or cut or chopped or assembled and hand crafted like some sort of origami food art. Nope. This time I was all over pizza and burgers and nacho’s and salsa and the most giant chocolate cake I could find. Simple and easy. And oh so much more fun for the kids, right? I mean, at the age of one, Nate still pretty much preferred breast to anything else and his party was more about making sure relatives we barely see could meet him, but now that he’s almost two, it's time to celebrate toddler style and bust out the junk food. And besides, Nate wouldn't eat anything green, especially in a spinach wrap because these days it's all about the roni (pepperoni) and junk food. Which I don’t fully understand considering Mark and I are pretty good about eating healthy. I naively kind of thought that Nate would be like that too, you know, by default, and that the occasional treat would be fine. But all it took was one taste of a McDonald’s French fry for the junk food light bulbs to cast an shadow doom and gloom over the vegetable eating center of his brain.

Clearly, the cream-filled chocolate cake was a big hit.

And then his sugar high died resulted in this:

And then this: wild-eyed jonsing for chocolate icing pupils and excited toddler speak demanding more cake!

Me: “How about a banana?”
Nate: “Cake?”
Me: “Apple?”
Nate: “Cake?”
Me: “Ummmm....cheese and crackers?”

And then his bottom lip started to quiver and because it was his birthday party I let him eat his way into a 12 hour coma of sugar induced sleep.


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Wow 2 is here already.

Happy Birthday Nate!
Posted by Blogger Donna :  November 24, 2008

Happy early birthday Nate! Hope it was a good one.
Posted by Anonymous Susan :  November 24, 2008

I hope you enjoyed your Birthday Party Nate!
You are becoming a big boy ~ almost2 years old already :-)
Your pictures are wonderful Karla, I just love the snow picture ~ we don't get much snow, so it is amazing just to look at it ~ it looks untouched and perfect.
Hope you all enjoyed Nates party too.
Amanda x
Posted by Blogger Amanda :  November 24, 2008

It may be the pregnancy talking, but that cake looks unbelievable.

I cannot believe he's almost 2. Honestly, I can't believe it. Happy Birthday, Nate!

Those pictures are gorgeous! I see you've been learning from Angie ;)
Posted by Blogger Dawn :  November 24, 2008

Happy early Birthday Nate!
Wow ~ he looks so big now ~ I blinked and he got all grown up!!
My daughter celebrates her 7th Birthday today ~ but she had her party on the 22nd too!!
Love and big hugs Tabitha XXX
Posted by Blogger Tabitha :  November 24, 2008

Ohmygoodness, he is looking like such a big boy these days!

Happy Birthday Nate!
Posted by Blogger Finelly :  November 24, 2008

So stinkin cute and looking all grown up. Sounds like he had a great party. Happy Happy 2nd Birthday Nate!

Will you please come and photograph my family?
Posted by Blogger Amanda :  November 25, 2008

Awww, Happy (almost) Birthday, Little Dude! Glad you enjoyed your cake :)
Posted by Blogger Liana :  November 26, 2008

Wow 2 already :) My how the years fly on by. I wish I could still use the lip-quiver to get I do that and somone shoves me in the doctors office j/k LMAO! Hope all is well.
Posted by Anonymous Charlieisboredinwhitby :  December 08, 2008


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