Balloons...hula hoops...sombreros...looks like a birthday, no?
Well, no. Not yet. Actually, it was her cousin Harrison's birthday, but luckily for our little balloon lover, her cousin a-d-o-r-e-s her, and so was willing to give up his birthday balloons for her pleasure. She has not let go of them for more than five minutes at a time since.
No, Q's birthday is not for another few weeks...but I can tell you one person who's already eagerly anticipating it, and that's her mommy.
This birthday comes just a couple of weeks after our one-year anniversary of bringing her home from China. Yes, we did get to celebrate her first birthday at home...but only just barely. We were all still more than a little in shock, and Q and I were both suffering (myself more virulently) from a rollicking case of parasites contracted in China. I was feeble as a kitten and looking like I'd just been through a famine. Q was confused, discombobulated, and a still a bit undernourished herself. She couldn't stand or walk, much less understand any of the language that was being babbled all around her.
This year, however....now this is our chance at a real celebration. After two (TWO!) hospital scares and a year of serious surgeries, we are all feeling particularly grateful for what we have and the love we share with out little one. I for one am fully prepared to go all the way overboard for Q's 2nd birthday! The question is, just exactly how to celebrate??
If the sky were the limit, I know exactly what I'd do: I would take the whole family to Morocco and put us all up at Maryam's beautiful and clearly enchanted Peacock Pavillions guesthouse....
...oh, I would!
Oh, the glorious fantasy of it.
Then I would get Maryam to take us to the floating flower markets....
above series of photos: Maryam of My Marrakesh
Because this is simply one of the most beautiful things I've ever seen.
*Sigh*....who knows. Maybe next year?
Perhaps something involving unicorns? Always a favorite of my grandparents.
She is a virgin, after all....and will remain so for the next 30 or 40 years if her daddy has anything to do with it ;)
Would a unicorn-drawn carriage be good enough for our girl?
Though, judging from the many who have already fallen in the wake of Q's lethal and far-reaching charm, I'd say she's more likely to turn out like La Belle Dame Sans Merci.
Nah...scrap the unicorns.
Myself, I was always a fan of The Little Princess....what little girl can resist these images?
...but a stark garret, an Indian footman, a resourceful monkey, and a gratuitous midnight snowstorm are difficult to come by in this day and age.
Still, Indian fairytales have always held a particular allure for me...
photo via flickr
photo: The Unicorn Diaries
Or maybe a carousel? Can one hire such a thing? Or maybe it would be worth installing one permanently in the backyard?
Nah, we practically have one in our backyard as it is, thanks to Lakeside Amusement Park.
photo: I wish I knew where these images were coming from - seems to be someplace in Eastern Europe.
Perhaps something a bit more midsummer-night-dreamy?....
above photos: The Unicorn Diaries
I love this image, but this sort of thing requires decorum seldom found in two-year-olds.
photo: milk magazine
Maybe we could just cover the walls in paper, and let the kids go at it?
Except, knowing QQ, I have a feeling that she'd find the one thing that isn't paper-covered and paint on that instead. That sort of thing is a-OK around here, but given that we will be celebrating at my mum's house, I'm not sure I can take that sort of liberty.
photo via yardwear.net
Heck, maybe we'll just have Banksy revamp the whole place, and see what happens! I'm sure my mum would love that ;)
Well, so much for good ideas.
Can anyone help me? If you have any ideas, links, photos etc to help inspire us for Q's momentous 2nd b'day, please post them! I need h-e-e-e-e-lp!!!!