February 21, 2014 ♥
We celebrated Tatum’s second birthday with a nursery rhyme themed party at Kids Play. My little diva had a blast– hardly stopping to take a breath. Running constantly, she bounced from activity to activity, refusing to sit still or pose for pictures. Her constant companion was ‘Baby’…world’s creepiest doll…who rarely left her sight. Tater lugged Baby everywhere [see photos below], leaving a trail of deeply disturbed adults in her wake. Just thinking about those drooping eyelids and bizarre gargling sounds makes me uncomfortable. Moving right along.
Our soiree would not have been possible without the family and friends who attended. I appreciate each and every person who spent two hours of their night making memories with us. Adam appreciates the chance to dote on his little sister for her special day. Tatum appreciates her presents. We plan to have a much larger celebration for Adam’s birthday next month that will allow more people to come celebrate with us.
Despite the joy of such an occasion, anger boils beneath the surface. My little family and I were robbed of so many memories….
I realize how incredibly lucky I am to watch my daughter drag around a creepy doll and poke a finger into her birthday cake. How incredibly lucky I am to see my children laughing and playing together. How incredibly lucky I am to spend two hours of my Friday night surrounded by screaming kids and sweaty little boys. And I don’t take any of it for granted.
Theresa, I cannot thank you enough for all your help with the festivities. Not only did you assist with planning and decorations– and provide 90% of the guest list!– but I got to sit with my son as he watched his sister blow out her birthday candles. Huge thanks to Ms. Jane [Theresa’s mom] as well for making Tatum’s adorable birthday outfit. We’re so grateful for your family!
With infinite love, gratitude, and respect,