Of all the opening photos I have ever posted, that sequence has to be the cutest.
Lucky Amelia Cate. For her second birthday her whole family came into town to celebrate with her. Memere, Pepere, Aunt Allyson and Uncle Darren were already downstairs waiting for her to wake up from her afternoon nap. I got to catch a quick photo of sleeping beauty just before she woke up, can she be more perfect?
I love that the quilt Aunt Sally Ann made in the background of this photo of Amelia Cate coming out of the land of sleep. While taking this photo I asked her if there was something special she was going to get to eat today. She removed the pacifier, smiled a secret smile and whispered,
Yup, good stuff was ahead for sure. But first she had to put on her party dress and get her hair done to receive her guests. These two photos brought back a lot of memories of my own mother chasing me down with a brush and rubber bands…
Amelia Cate is all about giving fish lip kisses right now. I adore the many fish lips I managed to capture that day, especially of the “adults”. It was a sea of love.
Soon, Aunt Sally Ann, Uncle Bubba (technically, Uncle Clint… who likes being called Uncle Bubba much to family’s chagrin), Nana and PopPop arrived to join the party. The family hung out in the backyard while AC checked out her gift from Memere and Pepere: an adirondack chair just her size. Here the family is practicing relaxing together in the backyard.
The chair made a great spot to get photos of AC hanging out with her nearest and dearest. Despite the summer heat, it was good times.
While the fam headed inside to cool off, AC and here parents spent some time on the front porch making sure the plants had enough water and singing Itsy Bitsy Spider.
Both sets of grandparents brought some new books to read, which was great for photographs. Amelia Cate takes her sea creatures very seriously so when PopPop called a seagull in the book a mere bird, she was quick to correct him. And give him a forgiving seagull (lip?) kiss.
AC’s birthday present from her parents was a big girl tricycle. She decided that her bear Noah should ride it first to make sure it was safe. And the family decided Noah should wear her helmut just in case it wasn’t.
Then it was time to take the tricycle outside for its first real test drive on the brick sidewalk. Amelia Cate might have been more excited about the helmet than the tricycle at first but after a few minutes she was really getting the hang of the pedals and wanting to ride all over the neighborhood.
I just can’t believe how big Amelia Cate is now, running and riding a tricycle and talking about seagulls. I can still see that baby face beneath the pigtails. One day at a time… Here’s a slideshow and if you would like to visit the online gallery click here. Happy second Birthday, sweet Amelia Cate!!!