When we moved into our house on post in Washington, it happened to occur right when Cooper was turning two. This time, Chase got to experience the same thing his brother did when he turned two; a bit of a lame birthday party! I think we should just make it a family tradition that when you turn two, you get the short end of the stick in terms of parties and festivities.

That’s mean isn’t it?

I’ll work on it.

So Chase turned two on February 3! Jeremy had to work late that day, so we went out to breakfast at one of our favorite places, the Original House of Pancakes. It helps that pancakes are one of the few things Chase will eat without protest, so you know…

Here Chase is talking on the phone with one of his many Grandparents the morning of his birthday. We were on our way to breakfast at the Original House of Pancakes!

Isn’t that the cutest picture? I love his sunglasses up on his head. He’s so smooth.

Here Chase is sporting his "Birthday Boy" shirt and eating a cup of whipped cream. Yes, I said a cup of whipped cream.

We had a small family dinner party that night too.

For his birthday dinner, I made his favorite meal; spaghetti! And we topped it off with a little chocolate cake. He was very excited to be sung to multiple times all throughout the day. We were singing to him here...
Here he is attempting to blow out the #2 candle on his mini cake. It was good practice, but he needed a bit of help.

Then that following Saturday, February 5, we did a party at the Ballwin Pointe. It’s like a YMCA facility, but local. The theme was Balls and Balloons because those are his most favorite things. I made cupcakes and cake balls instead of the usual chocolate layer cake. The cake balls were quite an experience…but that’s for the cooking blog.

We rented out a party room and went with the only time slot available: 9 am to Noon. It worked nicely except for the 4-5 inches of surprise snow we got that morning. Whoops. We were late to Chase’s own birthday party. Hey, the roads were seriously in bad shape. Thankfully, we have 4-wheel drive!

The cake balls however, were really yummy. Addictive too...
These were from scratch and I really liked the cake recipe but the frosting was just “eh”. I disagree with Pioneer Woman’s assessment that it is the best frosting ever. It was just “eh” as I said.

The guest list consisted of family and close friends. We knew it would be major over stimulation and it gets so hard to know where to draw the line at kids birthday parties. But it was just right. I would have felt terrible otherwise. The weather was really pretty awful! Everyone had a rough time getting there. But the party must go on!

We had fruit, bagels, coffee, cheese and a few other munchies around. We started out eating and thanking God for Chase. Then we went into the game session of the party.

Now, Jeremy is in charge of games when it comes to our kids birthday parties. It’s the wanna-be-youth-minister/permanent-8th-grade-boy in him that earns this responsibility. He has this knack for making the dumbest thing in the world way fun. So I told him weeks prior that he was in charge of this portion of the party and hoping he would PLAN it out a little. Sigh. It was still fun and totally hilarious though.

There was the "balance the ball on your nose" game
And the "Bobble the balloon down and around" team relay race game. Two games for the two-year olds party.
All the kiddos had a great time

Then it was time for presents. This was a GREAT thing because well, we didn’t bring that many toys with us in the car (because there was just no room left in the car!), and it’s been a while since we were at Gma and Gpa’s house. So the new toys were an amazing and perfectly timed thing. Chase loved all the things he got and I will say that he got some really fun toys. But after this, he wanted nothing to do with cake or anything else. All he wanted was to sit by himself on the floor and play with his new toys…ALONE. We did manage to tear him away but the lure wasn’t the cake as expected, it was the singing. He loved hearing everyone sing Happy Birthday to him. And ever since his birthday, it is one of his favorite songs. He still walks around singing it and I have even caught him singing it to his dolls/robots/toys on occasion. It’s so cute!

Singing to the Birthday Boy (who was mad we tore him away from his new toys)
And he blew out the candle all by himself! This is why it looks like we are Greek and saying "OMPA!" or however you spell it.

It was a really fun day and let me tell you, that child crashed hard that evening. I have lots more pics of the day if you would like to see them. Check out the Shutterfly site to peruse.

Chase, you are a precious boy. You melt our hearts with your sweetness and silliness. I pray that the power and might, the fight that is in you will always be used to fight for Jesus and for truth. Your Daddy always says that you never go down without a fight and he likes that about you. We love you and your strong little personality. May you “chase” after the Lord with the fervor with which you “chase” after life.


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