Sunday, June 26, 2011

Waddle On Over!

My daughter absolutely adores ducks.  Rubber ducks, stuffed ducks, real ducks; she doesn't discriminate.  Her first words other than the typical "mama", "dada", and "baba" were "dog" and "duck".  They came pretty much at the same time so it is hard to say which was first.  If you come to our house you will find rubber ducks all over the place.  Surfer ducks, pirate ducks, fighter pilot ducks, you name it - we have it.  Never much interested in a lovie, Kate has always enjoyed carrying around her duckies.  They make her happy so I'm happy.

Right before John left I asked him about her 2nd birthday party.  I was thinking of doing a ladybug theme because her nickname is "Katie-bug".  He immediately said that no, her party should definitely be a duck theme.  I will admit that in my mind, ladybug decor seemed much cuter than duck decor.  Ducks scream baby shower to me (and not even a very chic baby shower).  But he was right, and so the duck planning began.

Yesterday the duck party came to fruition.  I tried to keep it simple since John is away and I only have so much energy to plan and execute parties.  I ordered some food, my friend made Kate a cake, and I rented a local park pavilion next to a playground.  I invited some close friends and family.  We had great weather and a fun, casual, relaxing afternoon.

Kate with her favorite things - necklaces (with ducks), sugar (in the shape of a duck), and a princess crown

What the sugar duck (and cake) looked like before she got her hands on it

Even Connor enjoyed the pink duck beads

Overall I think I met my goal of enjoying Kate's 2nd birthday party even with Johnny away.  I definitely missed him and thought about him a lot.  But he really appreciated the fact that Kate's birthday wasn't overshadowed by his absence and that I didn't decide that a party was too much work on my own.  In the end, thanks to good friends and family, the party was a success! :)

Today I am going to put together a "Happy 2 Years of Being Parents" care package.  I am going to attempt the famous "cake in a jar" recipe to send him along with a few birthday hats, a "2" candle, and some other goodies.  I'll let you know how it goes tomorrow!

1 comments: said...

What an adorable 2nd birthday party. I can't imagine how difficult it was for John (and you!) that he couldn't be there. It looks like you did a great job. The cake is too cute for words.


Hi, I'm Jill!

Hi, I'm Jill!
Extrovert. Mom of two. Wife of a cute Naval Aviator. Lover of wine. When I'm not chasing my two kids around town you will find me writing, taking too many photos, and researching the ten future areas the Navy could potentially (but probably won't) PCS us. We are fish out of water, landlocked at 7,000 feet. For now.

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