It is so hard to believe my littlest man is now 2. It seems like time flew by yet went so slow too. How is that possible??
It felt so good to celebrate his birthday this year and felt good to have a party too. Last year, when we celebrated his 1st birthday, the world just did not feel quite right. And it really wasn't. Dane had to deal with some tough stuff this time last year...he lost everything he knew; his world was rocked to it's core. This year though it was different. The world felt right, not quite perfect but very, very right (in a perfect world there would be no sadness).
We had a party with extended family a couple days before his actual birthday. Dane was showered with gifts and lots and lots of love. We had a great dinner and lots of fun! It was a good party!
|Some of the Aunts, Uncles and Cousins|
|Happy Birthday to you...|
On Sunday, his actual birthday, we were up north at McCoy lake with my mom and her husband soaking up all the sunshine and swimming we possibly could (and fishing...boys). Like always we had a wonderful time as a family and an even more wonderful time celebrating Dane's birthday. We had a yummy lunch and of course cake. The kids had a blast decorating the cake with gummy lifesa*ers for swim rings, gummy fish and turtles, blue frosting and teddy gr*ms for people. It was a McCoy Lake cake!
The extra candles on the cake are for Dane's birth parents. We want to be sure we honor them on this day. I can't imagine living my life without my son. We pray for them often, especially on Dane's birthday. We are so thankful for them and their choice to chose life.
|Opening his gift from Gma and Gpa|
|McCoy Lake cake!|
We ended the night with a drive home and some more celebrating. This time we celebrated with just our family. Dane opened his gifts form his brother and sisters and our gift too. Since we did not have ice cream with his cake earlier in the day we ended his birthday with an "ice cream dinner" with friends.
|Loving his gift from his sister|
|His gift from us|
|Now, they all have one!|
All in all, we had a fantastic weekend celebrating a wonderful little boy - our son!
In addition to her birthday gift for Dane, Alaina wrote and sang Dane a song...it was soooo very sweet! I have tried and tried to uplaod the video with no luck :(
We are blessed with wonderful children and family!