Nellie’s 2nd Birthday

Stop the presses and hand me the award for Mother of the Year, please. My child turned 2 on January 20th, and I’m just now writing about it. In my defense, it was a very busy weekend and I do work full-time outside the home. I’m just a little busy.

Nellie’s birthday weekend was awesome. My dad and step-mom came down from Chicago to spend a long weekend with us. We all went to the local aquarium for Nellie’s first visit. She loved it so much, dad bought us a year-long family pass! I cannot wait to take her back. She loved the stingrays and the penguins the most.

We saw a lot of really neat stuff. Jellyfish, butterflies, and fish of all kinds.

I didn’t take any pictures of her actual party. But I did take some of the amazing cake I made her.

Clearly, I should quit my day job and become a cake decorator.


It was a really wonderful weekend. We were very sad to see dad and Sue go. We spent some really great time with them, and it was nice to connect with family under better circumstances than the last time I saw my dad (he came down when mom was in the hospital). We have a family pass to the aquarium now, and we cannot wait to take Nellie back. It’s hard to believe that our little Nellie is two years old, that it’s been that long since she came into our lives. I told Josh the other day how it’s hard to remember what it felt like before she was around.

Happy Birthday, my sweet, smart, funny, ridiculous, imaginative, beautiful little girl. We love you beyond what words can say, more than the moon & stars, forever and always. I can’t wait to see what Two holds in store.




  1. Happy 2nd birthday, Nellie! Love the pics. So glad to see a joyful occurrence for your family after all the sadness recently!
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  2. Happy birthday! What cool pictures! I’m glad she had such a special day.
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  3. Pettina07 says:

    This is really unforgettable…Thanks a lot for the great post you have here…
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  4. Deanne Fort says:

    Happy Happy Birthday!!I hope everything is well and may you have more to come…
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  5. Looks like a wonderful weekend. I love love that aquarium. Great memories of going there when I was little and lived in Knoxville. Happy belated birthday sweet girl!
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  6. Aww, I can’t believe she’s two! You were one of my favorite pregnancy bloggers, but it doesn’t seem like it was that long ago! For some reason I still remember when the guy at the mall was hitting on you? Still cracks me up…lol
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