Happy Birthday, Daphne!

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It's Daphne's birthday today. She's two! And such a little person now. I was looking back at pictures from when she was born and marveling at how much can change in two short years. We had a small party with the toddler art group this morning and one of the mamas shared a quote she had heard recently — that having kids was like having your heart walk around outside your body. So true.

Actually, I just looked up the quote. Here is the exact wording:

Making the decision to have a child is momentous. It is to decide forever to have your heart go walking around outside your body. -Elizabeth Stone

Right now my heart is curled around a sleeping toddler in the next room and also reaching farther afield to walk the hallways at grade school with an independent six year old. This growing up business keeps me on my toes. It's not always easy, but what can I do but celebrate each milestone, each change, each passing year?


My plan was to post a few photos from Daphne's birthday party but I have somehow managed to delete them all from my camera (insert several expletives here). So instead I'll share photos I took before the other families arrived.


I hung balloons from the ceiling for the toddlers to play with (as I did here) and had paper plate and popsicle stick paddles for them to decorate and use (although they mostly played with them with their hands this time).


We also did shaving cream drawing on the window (like here).


And ate apple cupcakes with cream cheese frosting.

Of course, in the manner of our family, we will be celebrating Daphne's birthday all week, so I'll have more chances to take photos… We're planning another round of cupcakes when Maia gets home from school. I'm telling myself they're healthy — whole wheat, apples, applesauce… (Before you know it, I'll be justifying serving them for breakfast tomorrow morning.) And a family celebration in a few days.

Happy birthday, sweet Daphne!

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  1. says

    How stinkin’ cute is Daphne? Love the outfit! And I love the balloons. Good idea for the younger kids attending my older daughter’s b-day party. Happy Birthday to Daphne. And I know what you mean about kids turning into people (in my case, while I’m not looking).

  2. Jenny says

    Happy Birthday! Please share the cupcake recipe, too, when you have a chance. My daughter’s 4th bday is fast approaching and I would love to add your to our menu!

  3. says

    We start the birthday with coffee cake for breakfast, so I won’t judge. :) There’s nothing like getting the birthday song and candles first thing!

  4. says

    Happy birthday to Daphne!
    P.S. The balloon hanging from the ceiling trick is awesome, thanks so much for the idea, it can be a life saver!

  5. Kathy says

    Happy birthday to Daphne! And a dumb question — when you showed the balloons hanging from strings last time, I really wanted to find out how they were attached to the ceiling, but you never showed the top of the string. Did you put hooks in the ceiling? Tape would come right off, right? I’d love to set up this game for my daughter but we rent our apartment so making holes is to be avoided when possible.