These are memories of Vienne's 2nd Birthday.
We had just moved to Beaverton and had been living in our new home for less than a month. I had been planning a small birthday party for her and her little friends, until she got very sick right before her big day. It turned out that she had come down with roseola - a very insignificant common childhood illness that looks more serious than it is. She was at the end of the illness by her actual Day so, instead of a big celebration, we took Vienne out to brunch the morning of her birthday and then my family came over in the evening for dinner and gifts.
The weekend following her sad sick birthday, Mark's mom, Grandma Lynn came for a visit and we took Vienne to the zoo to make up for lost fun.
(here is Vienne on the morning of her 2nd birthday, sitting at her new table that I custom painted for her.)
(I was so proud and excited to give this to her!)
(we also gifted her with a big girl face-forward carseat. How exciting to ride facing forward! You can see the sickness in her precious little face...pale and glassy eyed. :( )
(I think this is taken later that day...playing with a few birthday balloons)
(we tried to keep things simple yet fun for her on this birthday that didn't turn out as we had expected. Here is a "stroller" that Mark made for her out of tinker toys)
(opening gifts from family that evening)
(a trip to the zoo, the following weekend)
(looking at the seals)
(in the petting area)
(developing her first love for goats)
(eating snacks in the grassy area)
(me, Grandma Lynn, and Vienne)
(mama and baby girl)
(Mark made her this silly hat)
(how precious is that face???)