Dax's 2nd Birthday!

(sorry for posting this random post!!  I'm busy trying to move some of my old posts onto a new blog for more public viewing, and wanted to remove this one from it's original link- but didn't want to delete it completely, obviously!!  I'll post the new blog soon!)
I cannot believe that Dax is TWO YEARS OLD!!!!  He is so precious, spunky, smart, funny, busy, creative, and cute that it makes my heart almost pop.  Although he has feisty streaks, this kid has the biggest heart and sweetest soul I've ever seen!  I am so lucky to be his mommy.

How has it been two years since he was this little!?
Dax- 5 weeks old
And one year since his First Birthday Monster Bash!?!?!

Here are some pictures of Dax's birthday and Construction Party yesterday.  He had a blast, and really realized that it was HIS day when we all sang "Happy Birthday" around him and his TRUCK cake!  :) We have the world's greatest family, friends, and neighbors- who all showed up, had a blast, and brought amazing gifts for Dax AND Tate!  We are so blessed and lucky and spoiled.  :)

The bouncehouse people dropped the Monster Truck MoonWalk off nice and early- so the kids could be tortured all day waiting to go outside and play in it!! 
(The backyard got REALLY muddy somehow the night before so they had to stay inside or in the front yard all morning- I was devastated and hormonal, but Casey, MiMi and Steve saved the day by thinking of getting mulch to cover up the mud.  Not the most beautiful backyard, but it got the job done!  And kind of went with the party theme, ha!)

Dax getting his birthday presents when he woke up!  He was so excited, and totally didn't understand why he was being showered with gifts!

Getting ready for the party!

The party favors!

Dax is ALWAYS happy in Uncle Lu's arms!

The amazing cake made by MorMor!!!

 Tate even got in on the construction spirit!  :)

The cake demo!  Later Dax grabbed himself a fork and dug in.  I couldn't get a picture fast enough- but hey, it's his party!

The food table was really cute, but I didn't get a picture of it.  Oh well!

So happy in the bouncehouse!

Love this picture- Dax is body slamming himself!

His construction sign "2" shirt made by mommy :)

Tate and MiMi hanging out after the party!  

Itsy Bitsy Spider- Tate (Videos)

I sang Tate "The Itsy Bitsy Spider" for the first time about a week ago.  A few days later and a I SWEAR he knows the motions- just can't squeak them out perfectly with 11 month old motor skills!  Dax loved this song as a baby, too- I'll have to dig up a video!

This one's my fave! I mean, he really couldn't get much cuter....


Tate- 11 months

Oh I can't believe my little baby is 11 months old.  I can't believe our next monthly photo shoot will be of a ONE YEAR OLD!  :*(

This little guy is the best baby ever.  He's so easy going, so funny, so cute, so smart, so everything.  He's the perfect fit for our family- he's totally cool hanging out in the background, but loves joining in the fun too.  He's super calm and laid back, but can definitely hold is own amongst the crazies.  He's quiet and cool but is not shy to make himself heard.  He's just the absolute best.

Here's what he's up to this month:
  • playing peek-a-boo
  • blowing kisses
  • more animal noises (dog, elephant, monkey, and sometimes cat)
  • considering walking (loves to walk holding hands, not so interested in letting go of the couch to try himself)
  • enjoys climbing things and pushing cars & trucks
  • still eats everything in sight
  • including his actual meals- this kid can put down some food
  • thinks Dax and Ada are the COOLEST
  • says "mama" and "dada"- usually in the middle of the night… or right as I'm about to lay him down to sleep because he totally knows it'll earn him at least 5 more minutes of snuggle time
  • loves bathtime and pounding things to make loud noises
  • loves to bee-bop.  I don't say dance, because bee-bop is a better descriptor
  • Favorite memory this month: Dax was banging on a metal bin, and Tate joined in.  Dax stopped so Tate could have a go at the whole box, and Tate grabbed Dax's sleeve and put his hands back on their "drum" so he would keep playing.  Heart melted!!  And Dax's did too :)
This kid is just seriously awesome, and we are all so lucky he's ours!!!  
So much for our "traditional" monthly photo shoot.  I mean, they've been unconventional since he was mobile almost 6 months ago… but now they're just ridiculous!  The sticker came off before I even made it 2 feet back to my camera...

 reaching for my camera- no sir!

 blurry but cute-

 blurry but too cute to omit --


DIY Photo Canvas

Hey Everyone!!!!  Thanks for stopping by- I'm in the process of switching my "Adventures at Naptime" category over to an entire blog of itself!!!!  
I have already moved this post- check it out HERE!

Sorry for the blog-hopping I'm making you do- hopefully you find something helpful at Adventures at Naptime!