For Kale's first birthday, we ended up having three separate celebrations - one with my family, one with Kris's family, and one with friends. Somewhere in the middle of that, we moved, our parental leave ended, and we hired a nanny. It was kinda insane.
So for Kale's second birthday, we decided to do our best to keep things low key, not do a party, and spend the day doing things Kale LOVES.
I ended up having a conference in Toronto from Thursday to Saturday, and so Kris and Kale came down on Friday and we stayed in the city until Sunday. Kris and Kale had a great time exploring the city (I'm going to nag Kris to post about this himself) and when I finished my conference, the birthday celebrations officially began!
We spent most of Saturday afternoon walking around a bit of Toronto and spending time at the hotel pool. Kale absolutely loves the water and as soon as we'd walk into our hotel room, he'd run to check if our suits were dry. Then he'd announce "swimsuits dry! Go in elevator to swimming pool!!" He'd then run through the lobby of the hotel in nothing but his swim trunks, inciting smiles from all the guests.
In the pool, he has no fear. He asked to jump from the edge of the pool into the water over and over and over. Kris or I would catch him as he jumped, until he told Kris one day "no papa catch Kale. Kale go under water." So Kris let him jump straight in and Kale went under and when he came up he announced "more! more!"
At the last minute, I decided to send out an email to some friends from the area to invite them for brunch at the Dakota Tavern. We've been there a couple times and you might remember be mentioning how they have a bluegrass band that plays and all the kids love to get up front and dance. Anyway, even though it was last minute, we were super happy that about 12 or 13 friends were able to make it - including some little friends, Holden and Seba.
|Excuse the terrible photo's - it's super dark in the Dakota!|
After brunch we headed to Niagara Falls for the real celebration - at Great Wolf Lodge! I'll blog more about this next time....until then, I leave you with a picture of Kale and a talking tree that scared the poop outta him....