Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Caden's Second Birthday Celebration

Sometimes, I throw cute birthday parties for my children. Like Jayci's butterfly themed party, or Caden's rainbow and heart first birthday party, and even Jayci's first birthday party or her second. . . . But sometimes, I think to-heck-with-it-all, and opt for a "pool party" at my parents house. Sometimes we even make it pot-luck style, meaning all I have to bring is hash-brown casserole and zero decorations of any kind. Because let's face it, the kid is two. Which means he has no idea what's going on and as long as he gets cake, he considers the party a success.

First things first: we celebrated Caden's actual birthday with homemade pancakes, a la Smitten Kitchen (btw, these pancakes are the jam).
The Stanley Clan: Caden's Second Birthday Party
 And then we went to the zoo, where Caden was particularly enamored with the elephants.
The Stanley Clan: Caden's Second Birthday Party
The Stanley Clan: Caden's Second Birthday Party
Then, Sunday morning we did our usual pancake breakfast (with pancakes, gasp, from a box), followed by church and then to my parents' house for the PAR-TAY. 

Immediately upon arriving at my parents' house, Caden was greeted with his gift from oma and opa, a car that he clearly loves already. His stance and expression here looks much like mine when I can't figure out which way I'm supposed to turn. I get lost easily. 
The Stanley Clan: Caden's Second Birthday Party
The Stanley Clan: Caden's Second Birthday Party
 I think he liked his party. I mean, he drank juice boxes (yup, plural).
The Stanley Clan: Caden's Second Birthday Party
He hung out with his BFF, Jay (btw, could you die at how cute this picture is?)
The Stanley Clan: Caden's Second Birthday Party
 Meanwhile, his big sister hung out with HER bff (who happens to be Jay's big sister).
The Stanley Clan: Caden's Second Birthday Party
And his fabulous auntie Emma (who happens to be the pastry chef at One Eared Stag), made him an adorable ombre birthday cake that was chocolate buttercream with rasberry jam filling. Yes please.
ombre birthday cake - chocolate buttercream with rasberry jam filling
And I cannot stop laughing at Caden's attempts to blow out the candles. Luckily, his big sister stepped up to the plate (literally) and blew them out for him.
The Stanley Clan: Caden's Second Birthday Party
 And here is Caden's cake-eating face. Which also, remarkably, looks very similar to my cake-eating face.The Stanley Clan: Caden's Second Birthday Party
And one more shot of that cake, for good measure. Because, like I said: delicious.
chocolate rasberry buttercream birthday cake with blue ombre frosting
See, Caden even wanted more - but I finished his piece so there wasn't any more. All in the name of making sure my child doesn't have too much processed sugar.
The Stanley Clan: Caden's Second Birthday Party
 The whole extended family was present (well, besides two aunts and an uncle who were on exotic vacations in Brazil and Jamaica. Rough life).
The Stanley Clan: Caden's Second Birthday Party
 And the other guests. Coolin' it, if you will.
The Stanley Clan: Caden's Second Birthday Party
And just in case you needed further proof that Caden is now officially a terrible two, I present to you the temper tantrum which resulted from having to share his new t-ball game.
The Stanley Clan: Caden's Second Birthday Party

9 comments:

  1. Every 2 year old birthday must have tears! Happy birthday, Caden!

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  2. Happy Birthday, Caden! Your post made me laugh - especially your comments about his faces :)

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  3. Happy Birthday Caden. I also cry and have a temper tantrum when I have to share my t ball set.

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  4. Oh, buddy. Sharing IS hard. I get it.

    Happy 2nd birthday!

    (Also, I very much want your sister to come and make some cakes for me.)

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  5. Oh my word the cuteness. Happy 2nd birthday, Caden!!!

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  6. I agree with the low key birthday party. I'm so anti pinterest party! I had a pool party EVERY. SINGLE. YEAR. and I turned out just fine! =)

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  7. Happy late birthday, sweet Caden! :)

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