Looking back year to year is so much fun. When we celebrated her first birthday it was Brian's first day of work and we were in a hotel room in New Hampshire looking for a place to live. Her second birthday we had just brought a new baby into the home. She always goes with the flow but I was so excited to give her a day all to herself this year.
She was very aware that it was her birthday this year. We have been talking about it and what she wanted to do for weeks. She woke up bright and early (or as she says, "the sun is awake" and was beyond thrilled when we confirmed that it was finally the day. She ran full speed to find balloons all over the couch and a new doll (from Aunt Linzi). I thought she was going to lose her mind. She couldn't believe it was for her. She also got a surprise doughnut for breakfast.
The rest of the day we went to the Dr, walked to the beach, and played at the playground. It was a regular day but everywhere she went she let everyone know it was her birthday and I could tell she felt so special.
Before her birthday we asked her what she wanted to do. She wanted to go on a trolley ride. We have a local beach trolley and every time we walk to the beach she begs to ride the trolleys. So on this special occasion we gave in and took a trolley ride. She seriously talked about it all day and couldn't wait for dad to get home to ride the trolley.
We made a trolley stop at our favorite ice cream place, Scoop Deck.
It was such a fun day. It really was the perfect way to celebrate Amelia. I am so glad she asked to go on the trolley because it was so simple and yet we had such a good time. She has so much joy and excitement that I look forward to seeing her every morning when she wakes me up with the sun. She is just how I imagined she would be.