Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Vinny Turns TWO!!

This was the very first picture out of the shoot. Vinny sat down on the mat and immediately said "cheese." It was down hill after that. Sure the pictures all look adorable, thanks to the genius of a clever and quick photographer. We were absolutely exhausted trying to wrangle this busy boy!
I love this pretty much sums up our happy boy. Always running, jumping (well trying to anyways), and clapping!
And so the party planning begins...
OK, I will admit, we went overboard. We went nuts, we completely lost our minds. No denying it. Once I got started, I couldn't stop. If Vinny has only child syndrome, it will completely be our fault, and I know this. It all began with his little choo-choo arm chug that drives me crazy with love. It's just so cute and I have yet to catch it on video. It's one of those things that had better burn into my white matter, as John would say. And then, his obsession with Mickey Mouse, or "Gickey" as he says, spurred a google search which lead me to....
Cute right? So then when we learned we couldn't have his party at the train park, another google search lead us to find that we could bring the train to us. But what would our little party guests do while waiting for the train to arrive? Jump in a bounce house I suppose! Here is Vinny and Daddy getting a sneak preview since the guy delivered it the night before.
The Cake...
Here is the cake that I made for the big day. While I did enjoy the end results, I do look forward to the day when Vinny puts in his own request for just a plain old chocolate cake with regular ole' frosting...or better yet a carvel ice cream cake.
Birthday donut! We practiced singing Happy Birthday and Stolat, as we were worried he get a little stage fright like last year. After a hundred times and burning the candles down to nearly nothing, we thought we would have a show-off on our hands for the main event, but as you will see below, he got shy.
First presents of the day from Mommy and Daddy: a scooter (Vinny calls it his scooty) and a basketball hoop. He took to it really fast!
Let the Games Begin!
Here is Vinny with his little buddy Evan.
Anthony proudly grilling his burgers. He insisted on using the charcoal grill so they took a bit longer, but everyone thought it was worth it.
Vinny with Aunt Weez.
Who needs a dog when you have a two year old that can beg for bites just as well? Aww, I don't think Boppo minds one bit!
Gramma is taking Vinny out front to see his special surprise...
And here it is! We loaded the kids in the train and the conductor took them around the neighborhood and then down to the basketball court behind our house. Despite Vinny's expression, he must of liked it because he showed no hesitation and stayed on the whole time. Here he is in between his two girlfriends, Lia and Ellie.
What the heck is going on here Mommy? Have you lost your marbles?
But see, it was irresistible.
Time to sing...and cling to Mommy. He did like blowing out his candles though.
His haul of presents was ridiculous! What a lucky and loved little boy.
Books are a favorite item!
Evan gave him a Handy Manny toolbox, which he loves to dance to when it plays its famous theme song, and it has come in quite handy with various projects around the house. Yet, he doesn't like the show. Odd.
Back to the bouncehouse. Now I understand why everyone out here gets one of these for parties-it was the perfect entertainment for the kiddos, and I didn't have to supervise one game! In retrospect...shoulda just stopped here. LOL
Happy Boy!
Vinny's pals Lia, Elliot, and Ellie
Our pals Debra, John, Teresa, Jason, and Erica
Little Miss Jocelyn playing amidst the aftermath.
March Madness! Everyone gathered to watch UCONN squeak by the AZ Wildcats!
Proud UCONN Family!
And UCONN went on to become the 2011 national Champs! Way to go Huskies!
Fun with Gramma and Papa!
First item of business...find a good Mexican restaurant for lunch! But try not to get a speeding ticket on the way. grrrrr. Not happy about that, but I digress. Anyway, Gramma and Papa got a first hand look at how eating out with Vinny is challenging these days. Especially when there are birds (tweet-tweets) and fountains, and all kinds of places to run and climb. We all took turns chasing Vinny and scarfing down our lunch!
We took a trip to the Train Park in Scottsdale and had a blast! Vinny loved riding on the train and asked to go on the Merry Go Round again and again and again! Now of course we took most of the pictures on my mom's camera, and she sent me the disk...and of course it packed.
Hi Papa!
This was Mom and Dad's last trip to Arizona! The next time they come out to visit us, it'll be in California! We had a good time reflecting on the fact that had it not been for us living here in the desert, they probably would have never come here to the Grand Canyon State. They've seen enough brown desert and red rocky mountains to last them a lifetime and I think they will enjoy visiting the Pacific Ocean, Disneyland, and Hollywood even more-especially with Vinny!

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