Wordless Wednesday - Excited Faces! ;D

Happy Super Belated Valentine's Day: 2012

This post is very belated... HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY! Trevor and I don't really celebrate Valentine's Day and to be honest, are a little apprehensive about the day; we did however, get Amari a few goodies! Sesame Street of course! Our house has been taken over by Muppet's, LOL. =P
We did get a few goodies from the family like a new heating pad and chocolate and we spent our evening at Group Health before heading over to Dirty Dave's for dinner. Dirty Dave's has delicious pizza and Amari chowed down on three slices before we headed home and called it an evening. As you can see, our Valentine's Day was pretty mellow and uneventful... =P

Happy Valentine's Day! 


 Elmo and Oscar toy.
 New Elmo book.
 Jump, jump! 
Amari was excited about the fish. 

Amari Turns Two!

Today my sweet little prince is 2. I keep asking myself where the time has gone. My friend and mentor Ashley once told me that the days go bye so slow but the years go bye so quickly. Boy she was right. I remember the first few weeks home and how hard they were. Adjusting to motherhood and recovering from major surgery was difficult, not to mention trying to get to the know the little person that had been living in my belly for 9 long months. To my surprise, Amari was a pretty easy baby. He hardly cried and when he did cry it was only because he soiled his diaper or was hungry. He also learned to nurse relatively quickly even though it was a challenge for the both of us for the first two weeks. He slept well, only waking once or twice a night for two feedings and by 2 months of age he was sleeping through the night. He was a very content baby, very calm and observant. Over the past two years Amari has changed drastically, both physically and milestone wise. He officially is a big boy in his eyes and entered the world of terrible 2's months ago. He loves to sing and dance, color and draw, play with Elmo and Cookie Monster, wrestle with Daddy, and read some of his favorite books. He talks nonstop now and learns something new on a daily basis.

Tonight we celebrated his birthday with Poppi and GiGi. I made gnocchi with a delicious pasta sauce, mushrooms, onions, and asparagus for dinner. It was delicious! ;D We hung out, watched Hoarders: Buried Alive and watched Amari open his last present from us. We didn't spoil him with sweets tonight. Amari ended up bring his class chocolate cookies with green butter cream frosting for his birthday and gobbled up three cookies. He also had an entire Cookie Monster cupcake at his party on Saturday that turned his poop teal. =/ Yuck! On another note, it was darling when we would ask him, "How old are you Amari?" And he would reply, "Two." =] He truly is a special little boy and I'm not just saying that because he is my son... Okay, I am but he really is a special little boy and love and adore him very much.

Happy 2nd Birthday Amari! 
Mommy and Daddy love you and we look forward to the many wonderful years ahead. 
You are loved.  

 Papa, Papa, Paparazzi! 

 Nemo =]
 Talking to Nani via Skype.

Amari's Elmo & Cookie Monster Birthday Bash

Amari doesn't turn 2 until tomorrow, but we celebrated his 2nd birthday yesterday afternoon at Nana and Papa's  house. It was simple, laid back, and there was a lot of Cookie Monster and Elmo floating around the house. ;D Elmo and Cookie Monster happen to be Amari's favorite Sesame Street characters. We kept his party simple and just invited family. Unfortunately, Nana and Papa (who are still in Palm Desert), Kayleen and Bridget and my siblings (with the exception of Randy) were unable to make it to the party due to work and being at college. We decide on cupcakes instead of a cake this year, which I was very pleased with. Marie from Marie's Baking Journey made Amari's Cookie Monster and Elmo red velvet cupcakes. They were super cute and very yummy in the tummy. ;D Amari enjoyed eating his Cookie cupcake and even asked for a second one but we said no, LOL! He got a lot of wonderful gifts for his birthday: a new chair, lots of books, clothes, J's from Uncle, toys, and a swing that Poppi hung up for him in Papa and Nana's back yard! It is still hard for me to phantom that Amari will officially be 2 years old tomorrow!

Birthday Boy

 Elmo and Cookie Monster cupcakes made by Marie

 Cookie Monster cupcakes up close.
So stinking cute!
 Elmo Cupcakes! =P
Presents table

 Newest pair of J's from Uncle

 Mmm, delicious Cookie cupcake.