Jack was in his element! There was a tractor with a hay wagon, animals to pet and practice making animal sounds with, a corn kernel pit with toys, a hay bale maze with a slide and a big pumpkin patch to pick out his very own pumpkin! He really had a great time, and definitely was not ready to leave. I had fun to, but am learning the hard way just how much I can take on by myself with two little ones. It's quite difficult to nurse a baby and chase down a toddler who is about to run into the road. It's impossible to hold a sleeping Jude and a squirming Jack at the same time on the hay wagon. And try loading a baby and a not-ready-to-leave-yet tearful toddler into the car without leaving one behind. Thankfully we have some friends that could lend a hand with Jack.
And the day before Jack's birthday Jon and I reminisced throughout the day about that special date two years ago. "This time 2 years ago Mommy and Daddy were walking around the neighborhood waiting for you to come out!" "This time 2 years ago is when Mommy started to say, 'Ouch, this hurts!'" "This time 2 years ago we started to think you didn't want to come out and meet us" ... And Jon and I were reminded again of how blessed we are to be able to fondly recall the labor and birth of our both our boys. Two awesome yet different experiences that I never, ever want to forget.
Jon went into school late so that we were able to spend the morning together as a family. After breakfast Jack had some presents to open. And I can see, once again, how very much he resembles his father.
I may have home videos hidden away of me yelling, bouncing, dancing, etc. while opening presents.
He did liven up a bit more after the trains came out of the boxes and we played together on the floor.
And of course it wouldn't be a birthday without cake. Marmie is working on a special one for our visit, but just for kicks Jack and I whipped up some banana cupcakes for after-lunch. Baking with Jack remains a challenging endeavor. Everything goes in the bowl, every spoon, measuring cup, ingredient ... at least to begin with. A few stirs later and half the ingredients have been tossed out of the bowl. I'm constantly trying to determine how much of something that is now splattered on the counter I should re-add to the bowl.