Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Carter's Birthday Celebration

We had a blast celebrating Carter's two year anniversary of his arrival to our family. In fact we had so much fun that we dragged it out for three days.


The Actual Birthday

We started out Carter's Birthday by having our buddies Oliver and Heather over for chocolate chip pancakes in our pajamas. After breakfast the boys played so well together that Heather and I just let the morning slip away while we relaxed in our PJs. When lunch came around we decided to make Carter's favorite lunch Mac N Cheese and then finally around two we said bye to our friends so Carter could take his nap.

Oliver gave Carter this cool Lightening McQueen which drives on it own after shaking it.

After nap and when Daddy made it home from work we headed to McDonald's where Carter played on the play place and ate a little food. Daddy and Carter loved climbing around together.

Once we got home it was time to open presents. I took several videos so that Grandmas and Grandpas could somewhat feel like they were a part of it.

Carter loved reading this Little People book that Grandma and Grandpa Herzog gave him.


The next day we went with a few more of our buddies to the Children's Museum where Carter's favorite things to do is paint and play with the Choos.

That night we had friends over for a little Thomas Birthday Party:

The kids I watch gave Carter a basket full of adorable wooden instruments. During the party, the kids decided to put on a concert for us.

Time to sing Happy Birthday and blow out the candles.

What a completely different experience and picture than last year when it was time to blow out candles.
Matt was working all morning on this Saturday so I ended up taking Carter by myself to see Santa. It was hard for me to try to pump Carter up and be photographer at the same time so this is the best we got. His face really says it all as far as his feelings go towards Santa. He didn't cry, but he wasn't too stoked about Santa either. It was a great idea for them to give Santa such a big chair so that little kids don't have to sit on the Big Man's lap because I am pretty sure that wouldn't have happened.

After nap time Matt, Carter, and I headed downtown for some great Saturday celebrations Pittsburgh does during December. Those of you who know Carter know that he LOVES buses. So we got to ride a free Trolley bus that takes you to all the big Holiday stops downtown. They had a Santa Elf on our trolley too who was our tour guide. It was very enjoyable, but the best part was Carter's HUGE perma-grin and hearing him say Trolley Bus over and over almost to remind himself that this was actually happening. The only sad thing is that I forgot my camera so I couldn't get any pictures or videos of this. We stopped and saw a display of Gingerbread houses that were not your average gingerbread houses. Then later on that night we got to go on a free horse and carriage ride around downtown. Carter thought that was pretty cool, but after experiencing the Trolley Bus nothing else could compete with that.
But most of all, we want to wish Carter Happy Happy Birthday. We love you Buddy!!


Stefanie said...

We love and miss you guys so much! Happy Birthday Carter! Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you all. We still secretly pray that Matt's dad's company will move to Greeley and you guys will decide that Northern Colorado is where it's at!

Dan and Jen said...

Happy Birthday Carter! Thanks for sharing the celebrations with us. Again, sorry we didn't call you guys-we really were thinking about you all day. It was fun to talk to you today. We love you all very much.

Mark, Holly and Boys said...

Happy Birthday, Carter! Where the heck did those two years go, huh?! I love all the pictures, especially the one of Carter painting. So cute! Hope you had a great Christmas, you three!!

nicole said...

Wow 2 already!! Where does the time go! He is sooo cute and getting so big. Can you believe how fast these kids grow up. My baby will be 3 next month!!!

karen and cameron said...

Hi amber
This is the only way I know how to get in touch with you, but I was wondering if Cameron could crash at your place tomorrow night (Monday-Jan. 12) I know late notice! He's having his interview with West penn and will be there mon-tues.
Anyway, hope you get this and let me know if it would be okay! Thanks amber!