And she woke me up this morning at about the exact same time she was born two years ago, right around 5 am! It was okay today because it’s her day and we got some extra special cuddle time in Ellie’s bed while I tried [and failed] to get her to go back to sleep with me.
Her party was yesterday and we did a rainbow theme – several pics are below. She’s not a shy one, Piper G. She was incredibly excited when she saw the cake coming her way and glowed when everyone sang to her. She blew the candles out with a little of daddy’s help and when everyone clapped, she clapped too.
Some of Piper’s favorite things to do at the ripe old age of two include:
- Singing her ABC’s
- Counting to 5
- Singing “Twinkle Twinkle”
- Playing with Legos
- Holding her dolls
- Anything that Ellie is doing
- Going potty on the toilet
- Playing with her buddies at school
- Giving hugs and kisses
Having parties like this always fills my heart with gratitude. To see all the family and friends come together to celebrate someone’s birth is so meaningful. After everyone left and we rested for a bit, Piper opened her presents. It was so sweet to see how excited she was with every single one. If it was clothes, she wanted to try them on right away and literally peeled her existing clothes off every time. She put her backpack on right away. And every toy we opened she wanted to play with immediately. We read two of the new books last night and there are more on the schedule for tonight. I can’t thank our family and friends enough for their generosity – we feel VERY blessed.
I’ve also posted the icing recipe below, courtesy of my sister-in-law Heather-Jo, as several people asked about it.
7 minute Icing recipe:
Get a double-broiler and a handheld electric mixer with beaters. Combine all below ingredients in the top pan of the double broiler:
- 1.5 c. sugar
- 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar OR 1 TBSP white corn syrup (we prefer the cream of tartar)
- 1/8 tsp salt
- 1/3 c. water
- 2 egg whites
- 1 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract (add this at the end – see directions below)
Beat with mixer for 1 minute. Then put on top of the bottom double-broiler pan with water boiling in it. Make sure the water does not touch the bottom of the top double-broiler pan. Beat with mixer for another 7 minutes. At the end, beat in the vanilla. If the icing isn’t think enough, beat longer and faster until it reaches the consistency you’d like. Frost your cake before the icing cools.