A weekend of birthday celebrations

Phew… we had a wonderful but very busy weekend, filled with birthday celebrations, as well as Mother’s Day, and an awful lot of cake!

Birthday princess

My beautiful birthday princess in her new castle play house

It all started on Friday, when Little Miss officially turned two. She awoke to find the first of several batches of presents to open, including an Igglepiggle almost as big as she is from her Great Auntie and Uncle! Then at lunchtime there were tearful scenes when the first of three birthday cakes wasn’t served quite as quickly as she’d like. I have to admit, I didn’t help the situation by joking that she couldn’t have any cake – she takes her food very seriously and did not see the funny side at all.

After lunch her main present, a Little Tikes Sand & Sea Play Table, went down just as well as we’d hoped. Up until a few weeks ago I had, for some reason, been thinking I’d get her a book case! Not quite so much fun I’m sure you’ll agree! Ok, so it was a lovely, posh, safari-themed one from Vertbaudet. But it dawned on me, in a moment of motherly clarity, that while it might have seemed a perfectly practical main present to me, that was just the problem – it was, if I’m honest, more of a present for me than her! So we had a change of plan and, after a relatively painless midnight construction job by mummy and daddy, the table has been most gratefully received. She already loves playing with the sand and I can see her enjoying it for many years to come.

Little Tikes Sea and Sand Table

Playing with her new Little Tikes Sea and Sand Table

Friday evening saw us out with Granny and Grandad (hubby’s parents) for a birthday dinner at Pizza Express, followed by a late evening dash around Sainsbury’s buying food for the next day’s family party.

Saturday morning then saw more presents – her first scooter from Granny and Grandad – and a lot more running around by mummy and daddy while we got everything ready for her party. Children’s birthdays really are exhausting! We deliberately tried to keep it pretty small – only close family and a handful of friends with toddlers – but there still seemed to be loads to do. But despite my occasional grumbling, it was great. Huge brownie points to hubby for taking care of the fab food and for being the self-appointed Bubble Master!

Present opening

Present opening with Mummy (and Peppa Pig!)

Of course the party meant more presents – with another toddler who recently turned two becoming distraught when he realised they weren’t for him this time – and the second birthday cake of the weekend. Then after the party we put up her present from Nanny and Grandad (my parents). It’s an Early Learning Wonderland Castle play tent and certainly evoked some diva-like princess behavior from Little Miss who, until yesterday afternoon, point-blank refused to let any adult come in with her! But she does love it and its resulted in one of my favourite-ever pictures of her (as seen above).

Birthday painting

My birthday card from Little Miss

I’d almost forgotten about my own birthday until Sunday morning – I’m now thoroughly upstaged! – and since hubby woke up with a splitting headache I unexpectedly (and somewhat grumpily) found myself on the early morning nappy and breakfast run. Luckily, he recovered enough to make it down for yet another bout of card and present opening. He’d also ‘overseen’ the creation of some beautiful birthday and Mother’s Day works of art for mummy from our little maestro! I have to say he far exceeded this year’s nursery efforts!

Lunch saw cake number three – all homemade by hubby – and another round of ‘Happy Birthday’. And by that point we were all thoroughly exhausted and ready for naps!

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25 thoughts on “A weekend of birthday celebrations

  1. Wow, you have had a busy time lately huh! Sounds like you all had an amazing time and fab photos!! #magicmoments xx

  2. Thank you, we did. Still recovering from all the late nights and mad running around though!

  3. YOuve been busy! Looks like some successful celebrations! #magicmoments

  4. That is a lovely painting! Looks like lots of birthday fun and I love that little sand table x

    • I was very impressed with the painting. Hubby did well to coax that one out of her! She loves the sand and water table (we haven’t even sorted the water bit yet!).

  5. Helen Porter

    she looks like she has had a great time! l love the sand table my boys would have loved one of them, but not inside! great post #MMWBH

    • Yes, she thoroughly enjoys a party! The sand table is a big hit but is out on the patio now – we only had it inside for the grand unveiling!

  6. wow what an amazing weekend!! and happy belated birthday to you!
    thanks for linking up with #MagicMoments

  7. Caroline (Becoming a SAHM)

    Aww sounds like a fun, busy and present filled weekend! Shame you didn’t get a lie in for your birthday but at least you got a lovely homemade card! 🙂 xx #mmwbh

  8. Glad you all had fun and I love the handprint card too.

  9. Man alive! That’s a lot of cake. Well done to the hubby for making one. Brilliant!
    #sharewithme

  10. Happy belated birthday. What a fantastic lovely weekend you all had. I love the card too. lovely pictures! Thank you for linking up to Share With Me. Love reading new blogs and getting to know more bloggers. #sharewithme

    • Thank you and I’m very glad to have discovered Share With Me too. I’m sure I’ll be back. I love finding new bloggers too, I just wish I had more time to read them all sometimes!

      • I feel the same way, I would love to read so many more blog posts then just the ones linkying up each week. Need more time. It’s a great place to have variety all in one place. Glad you like it.

  11. Wow looks like you had fun and busy weekend 🙂 #magicmoments

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  13. Happy (late) birthday to you both! The table looks absolutely brilliant, bet she’s absolutely loving it x

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