The last thing I wanted was to overshadow her special day with our big move, which happened to be the same day as both of our closings. I knew in the hectic craziness of moving, I wouldn't be able to throw my girl a party, but we were able to celebrate a day early with some family and good friends and it was just perfect.
Since we didn't have a party, we decided to get her a few more gifts, which I'm guessing she appreciated... :) Here's my big 2 year old in her birthday outfit she got to open before church on Sunday. I think the headband makes her look SO big!
After church, we picked up some sandwiches and headed to one of our favorite parks with our good friends, the Laehn family and my parents. Side note, I realized too too late that my camera settings were ALL out of whack that day so all of these pictures are not very good, coupled with some cell phone pictures, Sad face.
Lainey and Penelope are about a month apart in age and they completely adore each other. Wyatt and new baby August Laehn are about 9 months apart but in a few years, we probably won't know the difference and they will be great friends too. We love sharing life with this family. Jed and Tim have co-lead our community group for the past 3 years and we have walked through lots of fun seasons of life with them - being newlyweds, pregnancy, baby girls, baby boys, family life... Bo has already joked about planning the girls a joint graduation party.
|[Doesn't Lainey look thrilled to be in this picture?]|
The morning of her actual birthday, in true Lainey fashion, she was up with the sun. When you're up that early and your house is a complete wreck in the process of moving, why not just open up some birthday gifts?
This little momma loved her baby stuff set and her light up princess watch. We haven't tried out her kite yet, but I think that will be a hit too!
Our good friend Brooke came over to save the day... actually two days. She was a huge help with the kids while we were finishing packing, going to our closing appointment, routing movers, unloading trucks, etc. She also brought Lainey what might have been her favorite birthday gift... light up Minnie Mouse dress up shoes. What a sweet friend who knows our girl so well!
So much birthday excitement makes one sleepy...
So excited to be 2!
And what 2 year old wouldn't enjoy a happy meal supper on the floor of her new house!
At 2 years old, Lainey is in the 75th percentile for weight and just under the 90th for height. SO thankful that her 2 year well check went so great and she is beautifully healthy and smart! We already knew that :)
Amazing how this happens in 2 quick years...
This girl brings us great JOY. She makes us laugh and gives us a run for our money many days. She has taught us so much about love, sacrifice, patience and the true meaning of the word, BLESSING.
Happy 2nd birthday to our sweet Lainey Charlotte!