Happy Birthday, Big Boy Owl!Posted: December 29, 2012 | |
This morning, we learned that today is Big Boy Owl’s birthday. He is turning two! His first celebratory act was the donning of a hat crafted by Herr Husband. Das Big Boy was very proud of the hat, and ran into the living room to show it to me and La Gigi.
Naturally, we decided to have a birthday party for Big Boy Owl. Herr Husband was dispatched to Whole Foods for general provisions, and also for a cupcake for BBO. And Das Big Boy and I crafted the guest list. Actually, Das Big Boy crafted the list; I merely had to ask who was coming.
Here’s who made the cut:
Baby Owl (who is Big Boy Owl’s baby sister; it’s my pathetic attempt at sibling preparation–note: I am an only child.)
Pooplo (impressive, because he’s new).
Mommy, aka Hipster Hausfrau
Daddy, aka Herr Husband
And of course, Das Big Boy.
But before the party began, we painted a card for Big Boy Owl. Das Big Boy received the fantastic Melissa and Doug easel from La Gigi and El Papa for Christmas. (How did those two–M&D, not G&P–corner the market on
mass-market yuppie toys?). Anyway, the easel is great and Das Big Boy loves it. It’s short enough for our on-the-small-side two year old. And it has a whiteboard side, a chalk board side, and a roll of paper in the middle which can be pinned down to the easel and then ripped with a kid-safe paper cutter. Anyway, Das Big Boy got very into the painting and requested and used a multitude of colors, painting with both a brush and his fingers. The results, on both page and toddler, were pretty darn magical.
After a quick bath, it was time for the party. Das Big Boy beamed when he arrived at the table to find the guests wearing their party hats. He sat in the chair of honor with Big Boy Owl, and we sang to Big Boy Owl as Herr Husband brought a three-candled cupcake into the room. Das Big Boy helped Big Boy Owl blow out his candles (with a further assist from Herr Husband), and then we shared a red velvet cupcake.
Even Das Big Boy ate cupcake–pretending to feed it to Big Boy Owl and then shoving it into his own mouth, which made it pretty much the best party ever. Das Big Boy, Herr Husband and I chatted with and played the roles of the various guests, and everyone seemed to enjoy themselves. I love that this is my Saturday night, and that it’s impossible for me to imagine anything more fun. We’ve decided we’ll do this every year, and I highly recommend the favorite-stuffed-animal-birthday party as a crummy-weather-day activity for toddlers. I do feel a bit sorry for Big Boy Owl that he got stuck with a sort of crappy birthday halfway between Christmas and New Years, but these things happen.
Here are a few more photos, and a video of Das Big Boy wishing Big Boy Owl a happy birthday. Sadly, I couldn’t get him to sing Happy Birthday on film, even though he’s been spontaneously singing it to Big Boy Owl all day.
Happy Big Boy Owl’s birthday to all of you!