Since we had to go to the grocery store today, I got Ben a balloon.
Birthday dinner at Halfway Cafe. Eating popcorn.
Presents in charming brown paper, reclaimed packaging from an Amazon box. Decorating with markers made it personalized wrapping paper.
Homemade chocolate cake. Ben helped.
Distracted during the singing of Happy Birthday. I can’t hear you over my presents.
Blowing out his candles
Bella made Ben a couple of pictures. This one was a house with a car. She was particularly proud of the s-shaped handles on the door and windows.
A book! Books get opened before toys in our house.
And we must pause to read the book, Otis and the Puppy by Loren Long, before we move on to the next present.
Ben loves Otis.
Definitely a hit.
What can this big package be?
“Armor! Armor! It’s armor!
And though he’s thrilled to be wearing his armor, Ben still self consciously dons his “I don’t want you to take my photo” face.
And a shield!
And his own knight
He finds people who are lost, Ben tells me.
Trit trot, trit trot
Sophie reads Otis and the Puppy to Anthony.
I only had read it once, but Ben and Sophie were narrating it quite well. Oh the poor lost puppy!
Poor Anthony has been quite put out today because it’s not his birthday. He keeps trying to claim all of Ben’s goodies: My birthday, my balloon, my book, my cake, my sword. It’s hard being two.
Miss Lucia looks up and sees her favorite big brother, Ben
The other book Ben got was The Knight and the Dragon by Tomie de Paola
Goodnight, Ben. Happy birthday!