Monday, December 11, 2006
Snuggle Bug's 2nd birthday party
It's hard for me to believe, but this past weekend we celebrated Snuggle Bug's 2nd birthday with a party held at our house.

Where have these years flown? I kid you not, it feels like just yesterday that I held him in my arms at 2 minutes old and marveled at how light he felt and how much thick, dark hair he was born with. The memories of his birth day are still so vivid!

Now, he's a walking, talking, sometimes sassy, very sweet little boy who has Oronzo and I wrapped around his little finger.

We love this child so very much! He's brought such happiness and contentment to our lives. We truly enjoy parenting energetic, often funny toddler. We're so very thankful that we've been blessed with having him as the center of our little family.

For his 2nd birthday party, we went with a Thomas the Train theme. Snuggle Bug is very enamored with trains. Anytime we walk into Barnes & Nobles or Toys R Us, he makes a bee-line for the Thomas the Train table sets that each store has set up for little ones to play with. He also loves playing with the one Geotrack set that he got for Christmas last year and the other miscellaneous trains he has about the house. And the times when he's gotten actual train rides, he's been excited beyond words!

I thought I'd share some pictures from his 2nd birthday party. I hope you enjoy them.

Here's the front part of his party invitations. I made this on Photoshop, then I cut it out and pasted it to colored cardstock, and finally pasted it on more colored cardstock folded into a card. I did the same type of thing for the inside details. The cards turned out cute!

This is Snuggle Bug's train cake. Believe it or not, this was actually made from scratch by Oronzo's mom, Aleiza. She came to our house Friday night and showed me how to make this cake. It only took about 3 hours! She's made train cakes like this for the past 40 years, beginning with Oronzo's 1st birthday. Each of her children have had train cakes at one point in time, and now she's making them for her grandchildren. She taught me how to make this so that I can take over the tradition after she's gone. I took a lot of pictures along the way to jog my memory later.

Here's the table set, in preparation for the beginning of Snuggle Bug's party. I was so excited to find a 50% off sale going on at Party America! I got all his Thomas the Train supplies for 1/2 off. Hooray! The stickers were well received. I gave one to each child when they arrived and I was surprised at how excited they got.

The train cake was a HUGE HIT with Snuggle Bug and all his little friends. All of them wanted to touch it and when we cut it up to serve it, the lollipop wheels were the first things to be eaten, even before the cake and ice cream. The picture above shows Snuggle Bug (right) with one of his cousins (left) happily devouring their suckers. This is a rare treat for both of them, so they were quite thrilled.

This is Snuggle Bug playing with the Little People farm set that Grandma and Grandpa gave him for this 2nd birthday. Yes, my house looks like a Toys R Us store. It always does this time of year, with Snuggle Bug's birthday being so close to Christmas.

Here's Snuggle Bug opening a gift from his aunt and uncle. It was an ambulance with a removable driver. He's been carrying this toy around everywhere for the past 2 days. He even wanted it on the table next to him as he ate breakfast this morning.

Here's Snuggle Bug playing with his new Geotracks train set. Oronzo picked this out because he liked the remote operated train engine that it came with. He and I both know that he bought this train set more for him than for Snuggle Bug, but I guess that's one of the perks of being a parent.

Here I've taken the birthday party invite design and changed it a bit to use for making "Thank You" cards that I'll send out this week for all the great gifts Snuggle Bug got at his party. You have to love Photoshop for quick and simple designs!

((Sigh)) My baby isn't a baby anymore. He's now an adorable 2 year old. Thank you, God, for your many blessings...most importantly Snuggle Bug.

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At 12:41 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday Snuggle Bug! Wow! Isn't it amazing how fast time flies?!?

At 12:51 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The toddler years are so much fun! How adorable. My kids, especially the boys loved Thomas the Train Engineer. How fun!

Time does fly so quickly. My granddaughter will be five months the 17th! I can't believe it.

Hugs and thank you for all your prayers for my Dad.

At 1:54 PM, Blogger Barb said...

What a sweet birthday party and the cake is adorable. Your mother-in-law is very talented.

I love the photos. And I agree with you that these toddler years just zoom by. Before you know it they're school aged. I look at my grandbaby every day and think, "Stay little, stay little."

At 1:56 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

That looks like sucha great party! Happy Second Birthday, Snuggle Bug!! Here's to a million more.

At 2:00 PM, Blogger lightshines said...

Happy Birthday Snuggle Bug!!

At 2:56 PM, Anonymous Erin said...

Yay!! Happy Birthday, Snuggle Bug!! It is so amazing at how quickly two years goes by. We weren't there for Widget's birth but held her when she was 1 1/2 hrs old and I remember how tiny she was. The toddler years are challenging but wonderful, aren't they? :-)

At 2:59 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Happy birthday to Snuggle Bug!

At 6:04 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Happy 2nd Birthday Snuggle Bug!! You had such a neat party! Your mom and grandma made an awesome cake!

At 6:48 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

How incredibly cute and clever! Ooh, all the scrapbook possibilities for this! How fun!

At 7:07 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Happy birthday, Snuggle Bug!

What a great theme - I love the invitations and the cake!!

At 8:01 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes, time passes too darn quickly. The party looks like so much fun! I like the train theme, and the cake is just adorable.

We LOVE our Geotrax set - last year we bought a set with the non-electric trains, and this year we are giving the kids a remote controlled train each. They both LOVE the set we already have - it is definitely one of the best toy purchases we have made.

At 8:02 PM, Blogger Southern Girl said...

That is the cutest cake! I'm so glad you all had a great time celebrating that sweet Snuggle Bug. Happy Birthday to your precious boy!

At 8:55 PM, Blogger Stacey said...

Happy Birthday Snuggle Bug!!!

Cute cake!

Thanks for sharing this with us.

At 9:12 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Cute cake and invites! 2 is such a fun age. Enjoy it and happy birthday Snuggle Bug!

At 10:11 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow, two years old already! Happy, Happy Birthday Snuggle Bug, from Maya and her mom (and to your parents, as well)!

Love the cake, amazing.


At 7:37 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh wow, what an amazing cake! I asked for that Geotrax set for my little guy for Christmas too, I think he'll LOVE it! Nice job on the invitations, I love all the trains ;).

At 10:26 AM, Anonymous Laura said...

Happy Birthday Snuggle Bug.
The cake is adorable.It seems the party was wonderfull and the kids had a great time!
The invitations are great. Good job.

At 12:24 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday Snuggle Bug! What adorable pictures and the cake was too cute. My youngests 2nd birthday (in July) was Thomas too. The boy just loves trains. We have the Geo Tracks and both boys love to play with it.

At 4:46 PM, Anonymous away2me said...

Happy Birthday to Snugglebug. Great cake! Sounds like you had an awesome weekend!

At 6:30 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday Snuggle Bug....I loved the cake...loved it.....

At 4:40 AM, Anonymous Mieneke said...

Happy Belated Birthday Snuggle Bug!! Here's to many more in health and happiness!

At 8:35 AM, Anonymous chelle said...

Happy Birthday Snuggle Bug!!!

The whole party looks so wonderful! You put a lot of thought and effort into it!

At 4:28 PM, Blogger Michelle said...

Happy 2nd birthday snuggle bug! Looks like it was such a fun birthday party - and that train cake rocks!! how neat!

At 3:36 PM, Anonymous Jen said...

A very happy belated birthday to Snuggle Bug
my son 13 months likes trains too they run right past our back fence
clever invite and cake
looks like he had a fab day :)

At 6:51 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love the Thomas Cake!
Happy Birthday!!!
I too have a thomas the tank fan!

At 10:51 AM, Anonymous Sylvie said...

I have been away from blogging and commenting so long I missed SNUGGLE BUG's 2nd b0day! HAppy Belated Birthday Snuggle Bug! The cake looks awesome. You are sooo creative!


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