While I did that, Eliza and Dada went to breakfast at their favorite place, and then to a toy store. Hubby has been looking forward to this for AGES. He wanted to take Eliza and let her pick out one thing to buy for a special birthday present from him (did you know that baby girl turns TWO on Monday??). He was more excited than she was, I think. First, Hubby said they went to the bakery down the street from the toy store and shared a birthday cupcake (hey, we milk birthdays for as long as possible around here - we have what is called "birthday WEEK"). At the toy store, they played for over an hour before Eliza carefully chose what she wanted to bring home. She finally settled on a tea set. That is a very rare treat for our girl (um, so rare in fact that this was the first time it has happened!), and it was clear she understood that this was a special day. Hubby said they came home and had a tea party together right away. Aw. Wish I had a photo of that!
I came home feeling great (although a little sore - getting back into yoga practice is tough!). Tried to get Eliza to take a long nap since she went to bed late last night, but she thought 30 minutes was enough, so we just played and read books until Dada got up from HIS nap. Then Eliza and Hubby decided to tag along with me to my hair appointment - they played at a playground nearby while I got my hair cut. When they picked me up, Eliza said "nice hair, mama!" Haha, I wonder who coached her?? :) Then it was off to the Children's Museum where we had a great evening playing with face paints, exploring the new exhibits, as well as visiting her old favorites - she specifically requested the Habitot ("hava-tot") and water table ("otter table") galleries. That girl is getting so good at
After about an hour and a half of playing, we were all getting hungry, so Dada suggested we continue the birthday week celebration with a special dinner out for sushi. Why not? She's almost two, it's about time for her first sushi, right? Hubby and I love sushi and were hoping Eliza would too. We thought we'd give her an easy intro to the sushi world by ordering her a california roll. She seemed to enjoy it! It was pretty cute. She also enjoyed watching the men make the sushi behind the bar and watching the Japenese cartoons they had playing on the TV. It was a memorable, and really really fun day as a family of three.
|Painting her face. Then she moved on to painting Mama & Dada's faces...|
|Reading the Peter Rabbit story board at the Storyland exhibit|
|Getting ready to go on a safari in the rainforest...|
|Trying her first sushi roll!|
|Hubby and his girlie martini - note the face paint. He didn't take it off until after she went to sleep tonight. What a guy.|