Our little girl has now turned TWO!!!
I meant to get this update updated a lot sooner but . . . well, I don't really have any excuse. Just apologies to those of you out there that were waiting in agony to hear all about Jilly Bean's birthday party. You know who you are (MM)! :)
So, the celebration started on Friday night with an impromptu dinner out with Grandma and Grandpa Kennish at Macaroni Grill. Somehow the waiter misunderstood and thought that it was MY birthday so when the hostess showed up with a huge piece of rich chocolate cake ready to serenade the Birthday Girl, she was a little taken aback when I told her it was actually the little one sitting beside me who was having a birthday. She graciously put the cake in front of Jilly (much to Jilly's delight) and proceeded with her Happy Birthday song in Italian. It was beautiful and Jillian was in awe. However, to all of our disappointments . . . NONE of us had a camera on hand. Remember, I said this was an impromptu dinner. So . . . we have only our memories to serve us (and some VERY blurry camera phone shots).
Saturday we woke up and shared tea and donuts with grandma and grandpa and prepared for lunch with "the boys" as Jilly calls them. There are three guys in particular at Kenton's work that have really taken a liking to Jillian. Since Kenton had the night off, all of these guys had to work so we threw an "extra" party for them to celebrate with Jillian. We all had pizza and brownies then Jillian opened presents.
Kenton and I worked feverishly through nap time for the big party and when Jillian woke up, guests began to arrive. As usual, there was a HUGE spread of food, including make your own quesadillas which Kenton heated up on the barbecue, a special Jilly mix of raisins, cheerios, pretzel sticks and popcorn, and Goldfish centerpieces for guests to munch. When everyone was done eating, we moved inside for presents and cupcakes. We ended the evening with Aunt Tia, Aunt Sarah, Cousin Joel and Vovo who weren't able to make it the party earlier in the day. It was a GREAT day of celebration for all.