This little boy turns 2

October 27, 2009




Unlike last year’s fête, we decided to celebrate the boys’ birthdays by hanging out with friends at the park, and having a mini party, just the four of us, back at our home. The party theme this year (because no matter how small the party, there must be a theme!) was rockets and robots.

Following this very hard-to-understand tutorial, Ryan built a rocket launcher out of PVC pipe, and we constructed rockets out of rolled-up newspaper ads. The entire project cost just a few bucks and the results are pretty awesome.

Back at home, we celebrated Dax’s birthday (three days after big brother Kai!) with a robot-themed setup in our backyard. I strung up lights to emulate a starry galaxy, set up a little activity table, and attempted to make tin foil robot hats, masks, and antennas with the kids. But they were much more into clearing the table and playing with the wind-up robots sitting out. These boys of mine! At least Kai enjoyed the new, and adorably illustrated Wall-E book we got him, Lots of Bots. And since I’m plugging a robot book, I might as well plug my robot invites. End plug.



We finished off the evening by singing to Dax and watching him devour his dairy-free, egg-free, sugar and corn-syrup laden Rice Krispie Treat cake. Happy birthday Dax-Man, also known as Dax-asaurus, or Dax-traction, or Dax-tronic, or Dax-atacdyl! Yes, we call him all of these names.


  1. Comment by Amy @ Living Locurto on October 28, 2009 12:04 am

    Happy Birthday to your boys! That rocket launcher is so cool:-) Looks like you had a busy week of birthdays.

  2. Comment by Faith on October 28, 2009 7:19 am

    That rocket launcher is awesome. It’s fun (but probably very busy) that the boys’ birthdays are so close to together. It looks like a great time was had by all.

    So Dax has food allergies? My son is allergic to dairy and eggs too (and nuts and peanuts) and he’s also turning two soon. I was trying to find a cake recipe to bake but now I might go the rice krispie treat route. Great idea!

  3. Comment by jen@ourdailybigtop on October 28, 2009 7:46 am

    Kudos to Ryan on building the cool rocket launcher. I might have to give that a try too – how cool would I be in my ‘hood? Happy Birthday to Dax…he’s such a cutie.

  4. Comment by kristine on October 28, 2009 9:58 am

    what a fun party! that video is SO cute. such a cool dad.

    fun theme too!

  5. Comment by Amanda on October 28, 2009 10:00 am

    Jen & Ryan,
    Your boys are getting so big and more beautiful every day. It seems impossible, but they manage to do it. Happy birthday, Dax and Kai! It looks like they had a great time.
    The Ridges

  6. Comment by Dariela on October 28, 2009 1:33 pm

    The rocket thing is AWESOME! What a great birthday!!

  7. Comment by Amy on October 29, 2009 8:40 am

    I can’t believe how big both the boys are. It has been too long since I have seen you and they are growing up so fast. Make it stop! There is no way it was two years ago that we were both pregnant speed walkers. Miss ya and your sweet boys.

  8. Comment by Stacie on October 29, 2009 12:02 pm

    That rocket launcher was awesome! I told Jim I wanted him to make the boys one, even though the entire time at the park, Riley was over at the playground. I guess i enjoyed it more than he did, but still…it was great!

  9. Comment by Becky on October 29, 2009 1:06 pm

    Fun — I really like the “low key” idea. Katie informed me today that she wants to invite everyone to her birthday party. When asked her to define everyone, she stated, “everyone I ever met.”

    I’m afraid my salesmanship skills are going to need to go into full action on this one.

  10. Comment by Cecilia on November 2, 2009 7:45 pm

    Wow! you guys sure have a big backyard. I love birthday parties.

  11. Comment by Aubrei on November 2, 2009 10:35 pm

    looks like a superfun birthday! i love the simple birthday celebration. it’s such a meaningful way to appreciate the day without all the party madness.

  12. Comment by Jeff on November 21, 2009 1:26 pm

    Can’t believe he is 2 already. And that rocket launcher thing is pretty cool. I need the plans for amazing grandkids.

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