The (fingers crossed) Terrific Twos!

Okay, I said I was going to do it… and here I am, trying it out!

A little bit about us today.  Our oldest daughter Etta turned two on Friday.  It is making me all teary-eyed as I type… because 2 years ago, marked the end of 8 years of infertility, and I couldn’t be more thankful to God for giving me these children, even when they are hard.  I think as a mother I have a lot to learn.  And I am excited to learn it, I just hope that my daughters will do okay while I am doing the learning.

(Yes, I still need to paint the outside of my door… but at least I painted the red orange trim to white!)
Etta’s new thing is shutting her eyes on purpose when we go to take a picture… She is wearing my favorite boots I got online for under ten bucks by the way!

Anyway, enough of the mushy stuff.

What did we do for our two year old’s birthday?  Nothing planned specifically… and bad mother that I am I haven’t had a party (I know, I know, I am a blogger who doesn’t throw over the top parties?  Who do I think I am!?!)… but I might have a few of her friends over in the next few weeks, nothing special, but something.

Our Fort Worth Zoo passes expired in May, but we decided to wait until the hot summer is over to renew.  And in the mean time we got a family pass to the Fort Worth Children’s Museum.  (our friend Jenn from San Antonio was in town over the 4th and we got it then, as an early birthday gift for Etta, AND lets be honest, for Daddy too- because I think he might just still be a 5 year old at heart!)

(this is our new stroller that we bought for our trip, I LOVE it, it’s so versatile.  
I bought it on Walmart’s online site)

We had so much fun running, and I do mean RUNNING around all over the place.   (see that little blur, that is what she was like all over the place!)

What was Lydia doing?  Good BABY!
On the way out they have a fountain, so we had to have a quick second there.

After the museum we went home for a quick lunch and nap.  Then (here is another bad parent tip, for free) we went to Walmart and did our birthday present shopping with our daughters in tow- (we did this on her first birthday too).  But boy did we have fun, she doesn’t really take ownership of everything yet.  She just likes to run from isle to isle and try out the scooters and pick up the toys, so we just follow her.

We wrapped up the trip to Walmart and stopped off a Dunkin Donuts(for the ..uh.. birthday cakes?) and Little Caesars (and now my diet is shot!).

And, in case you are wondering, no she didn’t get two whole donuts.   But I started out by giving her a regular donut and when she saw the chocolate one I was eating, she immediately gave me back her first so she could have the other half of the chocolate one I was eating!

Next opening her presents.  I feel like we went a little overboard, but in my defense we bought a whole bunch of play kitchen items in November- (from Ikea, if you are looking, check them out!), to give to her at Christmas, but she wasn’t quite old enough at the time to know what to do with them.  So, we saved them and gave them to her now- because she is pretending to cook and eat now… (CUTEST THING EVER!)

(and my family room just got 300% messier… in about 2 seconds flat!)

Also, we got her a play vacuum, because she is always trying to help me vacuum (I should soak this up while I can, I am sure it will only be about 6 months before she doesn’t want to anymore- ever again)!, but we can only move the real thing about 2 inches when she is “helping”.   Now she has her own and loves it, and I wish it really worked, because I would have the cleanest floors in the country.

(she is loving the glow in the dark stickers on her ceiling at bedtime!  
And I am really excited to try out the solar paper with her)

For the rest of the night we just pulled all the toys out and let her play until bed time (and shot about 15 minutes of video of Etta eating and playing with her new fake food!)

(And the other exciting news, Lydia is getting up on all fours and rocking back and forth.. so who knows how soon she will crawl she is only just over 5 months old so this is fast for us!)

What did you all do this weekend?
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Cassity Kmetzsch started Remodelaholic after graduating from Utah State University with a degree in Interior Design. Remodelaholic is the place to share her love for knocking out walls, and building everything back up again to not only add function but beauty to her home. Together with her husband Justin, they have remodeled 6 homes and are working on a seventh. She is a mother of four amazing girls. Making a house a home is her favorite hobby.

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