Thursday, July 14, 2016

Grace Turns 2!

Grace is adorable. She has a big personality in that little body! She's snuggly, a total momma's girl, wants to be a "bee girl" and do whatever "sis sis" is doing. Strangers often comment on her light blue eyes and super curly hair. When she wakes up in the morning, one of the very first things she does is request to wear a "church dress". She has a tiny riding car she zooms around on with incredible energy and speed. When she doesn't leave the house on that, she's usually pushing her baby doll in a stroller. She often plays "mommy" to her baby and is so cute - cuddling it, singing to it, tucking it in, and giving kisses. Grace also screams when she wants things and hits when she gets mad. She freaks out when she thinks someone is even close to taking her toys (second child, problem!). She talks pretty well and the things she mispronounces are adorable. There's a lot more I could say about this 2 year old, but I'll sum it up by saying I can't imagine our lives without her!

When the kids are too little to have an opinion on their birthday party themes, I center it on things they like. This year was being outside (sunshine/summer). There really aren't too many places to get off camp and go, so it was a pretty quiet day. We watched cartoons, Russ came home for lunch, Sophia helped me decorate during Grace's nap, we played, and then had two families over for dinner and cake. I am ashamed of the sparse decorating job, but when you live in a different country - you have to make due!

Imagine "Grace is Turning One" really says "Grace is Turning Two" - I originally planned to do this party theme last year :D

Cake and party favor bags. Grace and Sophia helped me bake the cake the day before, and later that night, I frosted it. Grace came down, saw it, gasped, and said, "Happy Birthday cake!!! I get bowl." She was not very happy when I told her she had to wait until the next day. 

I had big plans for making Grace a shirt with a sun appliquéd on it with a skirt made with matching fabric. Welllllll I decided to commission a Nigerian lady here to do it for me. The shirt is 100% not what I was expecting, and she told me there wasn't enough fabric to make a skirt (....don't know about that...) so maybe what I wanted got lost in translation. BUT Grace still loved her "Happy Birthday shirt" and that's what matters!

 Grace had to pull herself away from her new toys to say goodbye to her guests! 

 The kid table at dinner. :) You can tell by the tiara that Sophia secretly thought this was *her* day. She opened all the presents and cried about the unfairness and how she would never get to play with ANY OF THE TOYS, EVER, and told us we needed to go to the store and get her all the same ones. (drama!)

 And it just wouldn't be a true representation of Grace if we didn't get at least one picture of her making a strange face. 

 I finally got some 2 year old pictures of Grace this week. I wanted to take them with all of the tropical African foliage before we move this week.

 She was excited to hold the 'S' :D

 The dress is definitely getting too small for her, but she has a mind of her own and rejected what I wanted her to wear. Still cute to see a bit of those baby thighs, though. :)

 The first few minutes of pictures, she was cooperative. This was about the time I'd say, "Grace, let's go over here" or "Can you do ___?" and she'd very sweetly say, "No momma."

Taking a break to pick some "ra-foos" (flowers) 

She posed and made silly faces all on her own 


I love those squishy baby cheeks! 

The big girls were trying to help me get her to laugh 

In an effort to get Grace to smile, we had a "contest" to see who had to prettiest smile. Grace saw right through that trick! The three big girls look very pretty, though! 

I wish I were as talented as my friend, Stephanie, who took pictures of Sophia when she was around 2. She was SO good at not only taking beautiful pictures, but helping the kids feel comfortable and show their personality. Grace has SO much personality, and I know my pictures didn't do her justice. 
I did try to re-create a pose Stephanie got of Sophia... 

But when I asked Grace to put her hands under her chin like I remembered Sophia did in the picture, my result was:
hahahah Have you seen a more bored / "why do I put up with this?" face!? This girl! 

She may not have cooperated as much as I'd hoped for pictures, but she's adorable and we love her! She makes me laugh all day long. 

1 comment:

Carson said...

Yes indeed, Gracie does have a LOT of personality crammed into that little body of hers! Each of her different poses brought a smile to my face. I loved the contrast between Sophia's sweet little pose with her face in her hands compared to Grace's. Grace's expression is priceless!
From looking at the last picture posted right next to yours at the age of two, I don't think Grace looks much like you at all, except for the light blue eyes. I miss seeing those girls of yours.