Jack’s 2nd Birthday.

Someone turned 2 this weekend!

The picture pretty much says it all. Jack had an absolutely wonderful birthday. Before the party even started, he got a huge surprise when…

Daddy walked through the door! Luis rang me while I was out running to say that he was calling out of work to be there for Jack’s birthday. I was so proud of him for making the decision to put his son first. One of yesterday’s best moments was Jack running toward Luis with his arms outstretched- no hesitation, just instant affection. It made Jack’s day that much more special, and I think it was a really big step in the right direction for Luis.

This year Jack really understood what it meant to open gifts. Last year he wasn’t quite sure what he was supposed to be doing or why, but this year he definitely got the idea- these were new toys. Jack received so many wonderful gifts, he’s having a hard time playing with just one. Our sunroom has turned into a parking lot of trucks, buses, Chuggington trains, and a gorgeous new Tricycle, and I’ve never seen Jack have so much fun. His excitement is tangible.

Then, of course, there was cake! I had tried making a red velvet cake with whole wheat flours and beet juice for dye. It was delicious (I thought), but the texture and color weren’t quite what I was aiming for. I don’t think Jack minded- no sooner had we set it in front of him, than his little index finger was knuckle-deep in the icing. I’d call that a success.

Jack, Carolyn and I are exceedingly fortunate to be surrounded by such a loving group of people. The line between “friends” and “family” has become so blurred by the outpouring of affection and support from both sides that they seem to have merged into one huge community, and we are so thankful to know each and every person. Yesterday was such a special day for Jack, and that wouldn’t have been possible if it hadn’t been for all of the incredible people who texted, called, Facebooked, stopped by, and wished him well. Thank you 🙂

On that note, there’s a voice floating up the stairs from the nursery demanding “Out!” and ” toot toot!” That’s my cue!

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