so, you want to hear a funny story about how i invited 60 people to my two year old's birthday party?! as background, we are still figuring out how to do december in our little family -- ellie and i both have birthdays, there's everything that comes with christmas, and the past two years, ryan is recently home from deployment. at the same time, we try to really slow down, soak up the season for what it is meant to be.
well, what that meant was right before we left for new york for christmas, i sent out a paperless post for ellie's second birthday party. i took the list from my 30th party, added ellie's school friends and some military families who just moved here and quickly sent it out. i didn't even think about doing math -- there were about 20 people at my 30th (i didn't add in that most of those people had multiple kids) or count how many people the additional families would bring.
so, a few nights before the party, i got a reminder from paperless post asking me if i'd like to remind people to RSVP. i thought, "well, i don't know, i don't even know who has RSVP'd!" that's when i logged in and saw that 58 people had rsvp'd yes (!!!!) i was mostly so embarrassed that it looked like i thought we needed 60 people to celebrate ellie turning 2 (we had 120 at our wedding, that was half the size!!) as usual, ryan reassured me -- reminding me the reason we wanted all these families to come was so that we could really thank them, not just for loving ellie so well, but for coming along side us during deployment to really care for her. that we also wanted everyone who was coming to be there -- we couldn't imagine it without them. and that, we believe deeply that the more, the merrier.
and so, i ran to target, and we made it happen!
as i was going through the photos, the ones of all the toddlers made my heart want to burst. seeing these kids who are growing up together -- knowing them and seeing all they bring to this world, well, it's incredible. we had our camera on sports mode, so literally you can flip through them and see their facial expressions, singing (elizabeth was our ring leader during twinkle twinkle little star!) and their interactions. these truly are the days -- and i'm so grateful for them.
happy birthday, ellie, you are so very loved!