We celebrated Zinnia's second birthday this weekend. We were set to have a proper party, but when a case of the sniffles hit we pared it down to just family. With a Grandma and a Nana in town though, it ended up being just right.
Steve has been working on a kick-bike for our girl for weeks. With another brilliant trade on Craig's List (a 12" bike for a six pack!) he got busy on her birthday project. He stripped all the paint, removed the pedals and we spruced this baby up with new colors and some sweet accessories. It's still a wee-bit tall but in another month or two it'll be just right for some serious kick-bike riding. (Check out the before picture here.)
Needless to say, Zinnia was thrilled when she stepped out in the garden and saw her new helmet and bike. Or as she says, "Rae Rae's new bi-bice".
Seeing the joy on her face is the only Thank You we need; Steve and I both receive so much pleasure from making things for this little girl. It's these birthday milestones that really amp up my sentimentality. Watching her grow from infant to toddler has been the most amazing, fulfilling journey I've experienced. I look at these pictures and I tear up seeing what a "big girl" she's becoming. Then I see those baby creases in her wrists and I'm reminded that the "baby" is still there. For a little bit longer, anyway.
Zinnia's second trip around the sun will be complete on Thursday morning at 5:41 AM. We'll be celebrating in little ways all week (that's just how I am with birthdays). There will still be more gifts. More cupcakes (I'll post the recipe soon) and more candles to blow out. And certainly more singing to light up those big, beautiful eyes.
And in the quiet spaces of the week there will be two love letters written in her birthday journal - one from Mama and one from Dada - for her to read when she's much, much older.
I can't wait to see what her third trip around the sun brings. For all of us.