I decided to be all Pinteresty and do a little more for Sam's 2nd birthday. If I hadn't planned it all back in November, and if I didn't have a fun Silhouette Cameo that I liked playing with, it wouldn't have been nearly as cutesy as it was. We had several of her little friends over for food, cake and presents. It got a little chaotic in our tiny house, but everyone seemed to enjoy it.
The Birthday Girl:
The Cupcake Eating:
All in all, I'd say it was a success! Happy birthday to my 2 YEAR OLD!!!
For Sam's 2nd birthday, we decided to do exactly what we did last year: the Science Center. Maybe it'll become a tradition, who knows. It's fun to see the difference from one year to the next as we have literally only gone twice, on both her birthdays.
This will be the last of the Girl and Her Elephant posts. I figured we'd stop when she turned 2 and start up again with another stuffed toy for baby girl #2 coming in February! Who knows if Samantha will be left out, though, so it might be two sisters and their elephant or something like that...
I can't believe this girl is 2. Man, the time has flown by. I have so enjoyed being her mom these past two years. Yes, she can be mighty trying at times, but for the most part, she is the sweetest, smartest, perfect little being. And I get to call her my daughter. What an honor!
Not only does Sam know all the (upper case) letters and can (for the most part) sing her ABC's, she can also count to 10. Smarty pants. She can sing the first 2 lines of Twinkle Twinkle Little Star without missing a word and once guided on the next few words, can pick it up and sing the rest of it too. It's so cute to hear her little voice singing songs, although most of the time she'd rather "Mommy do it" or "Daddy sing it." Her favorite songs right now are ABC's, Twinkle, Baa Baa White Sheep, Eensy Weensy Spider, and I am a Child of God. In the middle of the store the other day, she just exclaimed, "GOD!" Only I knew that she wanted me to sing her the song. To everyone else, well, I'm not sure what they thought! Haha!
Sam likes to know everyone's "real" names. She'll call me "Corny" and daddy "Derek." She knows Grandma Lee is Judi and Grandpa is "Gary" and she's very good at saying them.
She regressed a bit on the potty training during the holidays, but we got her back on track once everything was settled and we were back to a normal routine. She still doesn't go #2 on the potty and I haven't quite figured out how to get her to do it since she always poos after her nap or after she wakes up in the morning (before I hear anything from her). So, I'm not too worried about it, but I guess it means that she's not technically potty trained in some people's minds. Oh well. She's still barely 2!
She started "preschool" 2 days before her birthday. It's a 1 hour class once a week for 2-3 year olds. I put her in it because I felt like she needed some time away from me, plus it's a lot more fun than anything I ever do with her, plus I wanted an hour a week to do what I want, plus I thought she'd thrive in a setting like this. It was everything I thought it would be. She LOVED it! She didn't have a hard time with me leaving (she "cried" for a little bit but that's because I didn't give her kisses, only hugs. Once she got her kisses, it was like "See ya, Mom!") and apparently she did really well at all the things they did. Her teacher was impressed at her ability to use the glue sticks and how easily she adjusted to being there. I credit nursery for that last part!
I can never think of everything once I sit down to write this. I should be better at writing things down as they happen so it isn't so hard each month! But, I think this is all for now!
Making and painting an "ornament" although it is quite large and heavy. At least we have her handprint from when she was almost two!
After all the Christmas festivities were over, we loaded up the kids and drove to Fernie, B.C. where we could enjoy more winter activities. Samantha got to go skating and skiing for the first time. She can now tell people that she started skiing when she was one! Ha!
Looks like the face of a girl not having fun skiing, right? Wrong. This is a face of a girl exclaiming, "More Skiing!!!"
See? Very happy to be skiing!
Even when she falls down!
Skiing all by herself!
All in all, Fernie was very fun for Sam. And Derek. For me, well, it was fun for me because it was fun for them. Being pregnant in Fernie in the winter is not the most fun in the world. No skiing, no skating, no hot tubs. But, I did get in some hot chocolate and a nice massage, so it wasn't a complete bust! And, how could I not have fun witnessing this little girl having the time of her life!?