Tuesday, June 21, 2011


We celebrated BB's 2nd birthday with a Mumbey Pampate breakfast, in honor of his current love of Curious George Makes Pancakes.

J and I sent out these digital invitations to family and a few of BB's favorite people.

We had a pancake bar with different mix-ins for guests to fill a bowl with and then Professor Flapjack (J demanded to go by this moniker during the party) would mix them into some batter and griddle up custom pancakes for our guests.

Mumbey decor

The pancake mix-in bar

Professor Flapjack at work

BB ready for his pancakes - I filled his mix-in bowl with every mix-in we had! This is how our conversation went:
"Do you want blueberries?"
"Do you want bananas?"
"Do you want strawberries?"

BB pancaking it up!

GG took over on the griddle for her own pancake - it didn't go so well :)

Ready to sing Happy Birthday and open gifts!
We sang Happy Birthday and BB was totally stone-faced, and then at the end he clapped and smiled and said "Moe", so we had to sing it again :)

Opening gifts

Strong Face makes an appearance during gift time

BB also got a couple of early birthday gifts that were enjoyed at the party - a sand and water table from GG and a tricycle from Nacky and Papa!

Playing "This is the way the gentleman rides" with Jon

Mumbey Cupcakes for "dessert" (yes, after pancakes...)

J said that BB said "Mumbey has blue eyes"

BB had lots of loved ones at his birthday party, including people from far-away-lands like friends from Chicago, cousins from Las Vegas, Uncle Kyle who is at sea for several months at a time (and therefore has to live his life four times as fast as other people, as he informed us while he was here :) ), and, of course, his GG.

Some of BB's little friends playing with bubbles

Cousins and GG at the post-party dinner

Cute cousins

Playing with Nacky

Happy and full of mumbeys, pampates, presents, friends, and family

Turning two, BB is forming complete three-word sentences, with subjects and verbs, like "Mama blow nose" and "BB throw cup". He loves when we are all home together and gleefully pronounces "Daddy home, Mama home, BB home!" He counts 1...2...3, especially when he's about to jump onto/into something. (And this week we learned he knows 4 is next!). He knows his colors and loves scribbling with crayons - Daddy draws pictures of dogs and cows and Mama makes alphabet worksheets and BB loves to fill them all in, and actually tries to stay within the lines. His birthday gift from Mama and Daddy was his first coloring book. He had been swimming a few times this year and loves splashing in the water and jumping in to Mama or Daddy, counting "1...2...3!" before he leaps off the edge, and this is how we spent his actual birthday morning at a community pool in town. He loves to play outside - bubbles, exploring, his grandparent's sandbox, his new sand-and-water table, and his new tricycle. He continues to love to read and was gifted several new Curious George stories, including a special recorded story from his Auntie, Uncle and cousins in Washington. Curious George (who he is now requesting by name) and Dr. Seuss' Hop and Pop and Cat in the Hat are favorites, and he also loves Goodnight Gorilla and Goodnight Moon. BB recently starting experimenting with the different sounds he can make and now has a fierce growl, which he uses for dinosaurs and lions. He remains a very passionate little boy - his feelings and frustrations are right at the surface all the time. It's fascinating seeing someone so honest with their emotions. He is in a hitting stage when he's frustrated right now, and walks to the time out corner and stands there on his own, and then comes over for a hug and a "sowee mama" when time out is over (sometimes the "sowee" takes a few tries though, and it's back to time out we go).

At his two-year check up, BB weighed 29 pounds, which puts him in the 50th percentile, and is 35 1/2 inches long, which puts him in the 75th percentile. People (still) always comment on how tall he is.

Happy 2nd Birthday BB!

(I know this pic is shadowy, but I love how happy BB is)


  1. P.S. Did you make those cupcakes?? Too cute!!

  2. I did! I decided to make cupcakes a day or two before the party and was looking for a recipe to make the shopping list when I remembered that not only did I have a borrowed cupcake decorating book sitting next to my cookbooks at that very moment, but I was pretty sure it had monkey-topped cupcakes in it! Happy last-minute surprise, and the cupcake decorating was the funnest part of the party prep for sure.
    It was this book: