We made it

There have been more than a few moments over the last two years — and I’m sure countless more in the years to come — where I thought, “Are we really going to make it?”

But we have, at least we’ve made it two years!

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Saturday was a big day for the Doyle family. We took our traditional (meaning it has happened twice now) “last photo” as a 1-year-old just before bed and then took our “first photo” as a 2-year-old after he woke up.

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We wanted to make his waking up even more special so after Miles was fast asleep, while my hubby and I were slaving away on last minute party preparations, I blew up 25 balloons and tossed them all over his floor, strung streamers between the ends of his bed and made a streamer barrier between his bedroom and the hallway so he would have to “bust through” when he woke up.

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Like many of the little details I toiled away at for this birthday party, they went mostly unnoticed. (Lesson filed for next year.)

The streamers on his bed were torn away during his fitful sleeping, he played with the balloons for a few minutes but wasn’t too impressed and he seemed more annoyed than excited to rip away the streamers on the door. But he was a happy boy Saturday morning!

We had the party at my sister’s sister-in-law’s house. Confusing I know. I refer to her as my sister-in-law-in-law. I don’t know if it is because we are twins or maybe it is because her in-laws are so nice, but we are as much family as my sister is.

The theme for the party was trains. Lots and lots of trains. We had gotten Miles several of the Thomas train stations and he got a wooden train set from my aunts as birthday gifts. I used those along with other toy trains from his collection to decorate. I made an “All Aboard” banner with scrapbook paper and letters, covered existing party hats with train themed paper and attached giant sparkly pom-poms to their top and made train tracks out of streamers on the table for the “train” cupcakes (regular cupcakes with mini Oreo wheels attached to the cupcake liners with frosting).

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We took advantage of the sunny weather and enjoyed the pool, and then came inside for cupcakes.

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Although our rendition of “Happy Birthday” may have been a little off-key, it wasn’t bad enough for tears, although Miles got close. He isn’t a fan of the birthday song. Every time he’s been around for it he gets very upset, either if it is for him or anyone else.

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It was a great party with close family and friends.

It’s another year to be grateful to have my happy, healthy little guy.

What’s your favorite birthday memory?

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