As you read HERE, Bimmer turned two without much fanfare. Since last year's first-birthday-party-in-my-head didn't materialize quite how I wanted it to, I decided not to even bother gearing myself up for another heartbreak like that. So, there wouldn't be a huge second birthday party. But that didn't mean I was soured against celebration forever for my little one. We would just have to think a little bit more outside the box. A trip to the Riverbanks Zoo in Columbia has been on our "to do list" for awhile and Bimmer's 2nd birthday was the perfect excuse to check it out!
The day was overcast and dreary, but it worked out so that it wasn't all that hot, nor overly crowded. Bimmer loved the gorillas and zebras and ostrich. (Yes, since the kid knows what an ostrich is!) I had hoped to take the train ride and hop on the carousel for her first-ever ride, but that was not meant to be. We spent a few hours there, but then it started to drizzle, and it was time to hit the road anyway, since Kimhead was hosting a lunch in the birthday girl's honor.
Kimhead is seriously so sweet to offer her home and to cook for us. Two of my other besties from college, Rach and Biner, were able to come as well. We grilled, opened gifts, and spent long overdue time together.
And since Bimmer had been associating Mickey/Minnie Mouse and birthdays together lately, I couldn't let that detail slide by. I got Minnie plates and Kimhead got some Minnie & Mickey balloons and a banner. And of course, we had to splurge and get the kid a fun decorated cake. (Since Puff never got them as a child, I am determined to always get her one!)
It wasn't the grandiose party that sometimes people throw for their little ones, but I have something up my sleeve that will be more along those lines for next year... for a year when she will actually know what is going on! Regardless, we made happy memories with our little girl this year for her birthday. I'm still trying to not focus on the fact that she is already two. Time flies when you're madly in love!