Alex and Kathryn were pretty good for the car ride because we left at 8 p.m. and they slept through most of it. I sat in between their two car seats so that I could calm down Kathryn if she got fussy for the long ride. It was beyond uncomfortable and totally unnecessary since she was completely asleep for the 6 hour drive. I won't be doing that again!
We got to the hotel around 2 a.m. and got in a few good hours of sleep to help us make it through the day. On her actual birthday, we went to the beach. Although we took her to the beach in Maui when she was 7 months old, of course she was too little to get it. But this time, she looked out at the ocean with huge eyes and she played in the sand like it was the coolest sandbox. It was adorable to watch.
The next day, we woke up early to get to Sea World at opening. It was a perfect day! Alex got to see all of her favorite animals (fishies, turtles, penguins, whales, OH MY!) and she was the center of attention. The best moment of the day was the Shamu show. Her mouth literally fell open when the show started, and she clapped and laughed through the whole thing. It was awesome to see the wonder on her face and to try to see the world through the eyes of a two-year-old.
We inaugurated the double stroller for the trip, and it worked out great. Kathryn slept in it for nearly the whole day, and she was pretty much an angel baby for the entire trip! We are so in love with this sweet mellow baby!
We had cupcakes and gifts with the rest of the family when we got back in town. I would say that Alexandra was one spoiled birthday girl!
Happy Birthday to my BIG GIRL! I cannot believe it was only 2 years ago (and already 2 years ago!) that she came into our lives and brought us such happiness. I can't even remember what our family was like before her. We can't wait to see what this next year holds for her!