Chris turned 37 on December 8th. We were able to get ourselves well enough to have a little family party for him!
When he came home for the afternoon (because he had to teach at night), we watched (and helped!) him open his presents. Here he is by himself, for a brief moment.
And then his helpers came in!
He loved having helpers to open his gifts for him. And, he got three pairs of running shoes. Because that is what Chris loves!
For dinner, we had spaghetti and meatballs and chocolate cake, just like he had requested! We love our daddy and husband so much! He is the best!
We had a fabulous little party for a fabulous little boy today! He is so much fun!
The one request that he had for his birthday was cake and ice cream, so we delivered on that!
I made an elephant cake for him, which has now been through three generations.
Here is me on my third birthday with an elephant cake:
And here is Davis's elephant cake:
Reagan liked it too. It was a warm-up for her birthday in a couple of weeks! She knew exactly what to do with it!
We also had some great friends come to help us with the present opening, like Alvin:
And Great Grandma and Grandpa:
And Damian and his grandma:
And Grandma and Reagan (playing with the balloon that Great Grandma and Grandpa brought):
And Damian's mommy (sorry for the blur):
In addition to cake and ice cream, we opened presents and gave hugs to all those who gave them:
And Davis got a bike!
After the party, we took naps (Well, Daddy and Reagan took a nap) and then went to the festival of trees and saw a very cool tree with a train theme that we visited like 15 times. We also saw Olaf!
And then we went to a pizzeria and got pizza. . . and olives!
All in all, it was a fantastic and well-celebrated birthday!
Things I want to remember about Davis as a 2-year-old:
He is so sweet to everyone. He is especially sweet to his little sister, and loves her so much. in fact, when she cries, he usually yells and cries too because it makes him very sad to see his sister sad.
He USUALLY loves to share, which is pretty unusual for someone his age. He is just a kind little boy.
Whenever I am upset, he tries to make me feel better by saying, "Don't worry, mommy. You are big!" because being big really helps things a lot. :)
He has a profound love for his family. He loves mommy, daddy, Reagan, Grandma, Grandpa . . . he loves everyone in his family!
He knows his ABC's and his numbers and colors. Not because I taught him, but because he is intensely curious about it all.
And countless other reasons--we love you Davis Christopher Rusch!
We had a great session doing family pictures! We met in the late afternoon, and it was a perfect day. It was not rainy, but overcast and wonderful. My friend from high school took our pictures, and they turned out GREAT! I have no idea which ones we will frame, but that is not a bad problem to have!
Here are some faves: