Leo

birthday weekend

Today Leo turns TWO!  As our present to Leo, Dave and I planned an intentional weekend doing things Leo loves and just celebrating him.  Here’s a recap (mostly in pictures) of what we did.

Saturday morning we started off with a family run at a new (to us) park.  It quickly turned in to a family walk for all of us, which was way more fun.  Leo needed to be out and exploring!  We also walked to a nearby restaurant for some breakfast before heading home.

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touching the fireman statue's toes
touching the fireman statue’s toes
feeding the ducks
feeding the ducks
little Gus in the big trees
little Gus in the big trees
family run!
family run!

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Saturday we also transitioned Leo to a big bed and moved the crib and changing table out of his room.  I’ll have more on this later this week but he’s done really really well with the move.

And Saturday night we had a birthday meal for Leo – macaroni and cheese followed by dirt pudding.  I was going to make a shape cake for Leo but we thought our rock-throwing boy might really enjoy dirt pudding.  He called it “big choc ice cream” and seemed to love it!

so into his dessert that he forgot he was wearing a hat
so into his dessert that he forgot he was wearing a hat

Sunday morning I took Leo on a stroller run and, per the usual, we stopped at the fire station to look at the fire truck and ambulance parked in the garage.  But this time a fireman came out and invited us to come in and see the trucks!  It was perfect and Leo was so thrilled.  He got to touch the big wheels, sit in both the trucks, talk to the fireman, and explore the garage.  He was in heaven!  I didn’t have my phone on me so I don’t have any pictures but it was a fantastic birthday present for him!

We also took Leo to the train museum on Sunday and made it there in time for the train ride!

despite his face he was actually really, really into the train ride and was narrating everything
despite his face he was actually really, really into the train ride and was narrating everything
watching the trains
watching the trains
focused
focused

We wrapped up the birthday weekend by taking a big risk – Leo went to his first movie!  We took him to see Planes.

really enthralled by the previews
really enthralled by the previews

We really had no idea if Leo would sit for the whole movie or if it would be too loud for him, but he did really well.  He plugged his ears at the beginning but didn’t complain about the noise.  A constant flow of popcorn also helped hold his attention.  The last 15 minutes or so he started to lose interest, but he managed to hold out for the whole movie (it was, thankfully, only 90 minutes long).  I don’t think we’ll do this very often but it was really fun to do and super special to share it with Leo!  Also: apparently popcorn makes him wired.  The kid was humming with energy when we left the theater!

There you have it: birthday weekend!  Today is Leo’s actual birthday and we’ll play it more low key but with some special surprises still thrown in (more on those later this week, too!).

Happy birthday, Leo!  We love you so much!!

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6 thoughts on “birthday weekend

  1. Happy birthday to my favorite nephew! Love you lots! Can’t wait to play “marbles” with you this weekend!

  2. OMG. The little Leo in big trees picture literally brought tears to my eyes! It’s so easy for us to forget how little they actually still are because as they grow into people they don’t seem so small anymore! Thank you for the reminder and happy birthday, Leo!!

  3. Oh my gosh! His first movie!!! And big kid bed! AHH! Leo is growing up! I am happy you are going to post more about the bed – I want to hear about it.

    I love the mac and cheese and dirt pudding dinner. And how cool he got to check out all the fire trucks!!!

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