{Kinda} Wordless Wednesday- 2nd birthday and summer fun

I had full intentions of doing a real post for Payton's 2nd birthday and just doing KWW for the summer fun pics. But here we are at Wednesday and I have not blogged. So they are both getting thrown into this post.

The cake turned out so cute!

Birthday Banner that I made

The birthday girl and her friend James

Sharing cake with Auntie
Birthday kisses
In her new wagon with one of her animals. 
Make shift water slide 

Up next... Atlanta 2013

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My birthday at the zoo

Every year, we go to the zoo on or around my birthday. I am not sure why, but we just do. And 2013 was no exception.
Payton ready to go and Roscoe photo bombing
I honestly don't even know what they were looking at her but the picture is just too cute. 
Of course I would have a happy birthday with this girl by my side. :) 
One of our favorite things to do at the zoo is feed the giraffes. Remember from my Easter post, this child of mine LOVES to feed animals. She gets a kick out of the giraffes and their long tongues. Giraffes are one of her favorite animals (along with elephants and monkeys).
 We tried to take a picture but feeding the giraffes was more fun than posing.

Once that fun was over, we headed to find more animals. Look at the happiness on this girl's face. I will be shocked if she doesn't want to work with animals in some way when she is older. She can't get enough of them!
Then we went and had lunch in a little cafe that is right next to some monkeys. We always try to get a table right near the window because they often come up and interact with the people. We have always been lucky in getting one right when we walk in or by the time we get our food. And Payton LOVES this. This little guy came up constantly to play with Payton.
 When he left, she was a little concerned...
 But no worries because he came back!
 My whole world is in this next picture.
I have tons and tons of pictures from the zoo, but I am sure you don't want to see them all. This is sufficient.
Up next... Payton turns 2, summer fun, and a BIG trip!!!

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{Kinda} Wordless Wednesday- on Thursday- Green Thumb Edition

So my days are all messed up and since I already published a post for Wednesday, we are doing Wordless Wednesday on Thursday. Oops.

Cutest little gardner I have ever seen!

Up next... My birthday at the zoo

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Hoppy Easter

We left off with us going to Nashville in March of 2013. We are almost only a year behind here. I swear once I get caught up again I can NEVER get this far behind. Ever. Again! This is insanity! It doesn't help looking at these pictures and seeing how small she once was. No, before anyone gets any ideas, I don't want anymore... not now anyways.

The next big deal in our lives was Easter in 2013. We took Payton to two egg hunts. The first one was small and the second one was a big event. There were bounce houses, the Easter Bunny (she nixed him), animals to pet and feed, and of course the egg hunt. She had a blast!

She was super excited and ready for the hunt to start. We told her what to do at an egg hunt and she was ready to go!

Then she got to feed some animals. This child loves to feed animals (complete opposite of me) and would spend all day doing it if we would let her.

The next thing we had to do was to dye our Easter eggs. We put Payton's painting shirt on because I was certain this would be a mess.
She quickly learned how to put the eggs in the cup.
Taking them out was a different story. Tim tried to pull them up on the little thing that comes with the kits, but Payton was just so excited she just wanted to scoop them up.

We ended up with plenty of pretty eggs decorated by Payton (with a little help from Mommy and Daddy). She had so much fun that my mom boiled some eggs at her house for Payton to do too.
And then it was finally Easter. Since she is still young, the Easter Bunny didn't really hide her basket too well. She didn't quite understand the idea of having to hunt for it. But once she saw it she was thrilled with what the bunny brought her.
Yogurt melts!
BUBBLES for the bath!
(and some other goodies- applesauce, books, etc).
Then we went outside because the bunny left some eggs behind for Payton to find!

And at this point she was such a pro, she sat right down to dig in and see what was inside.
And a few days later, we found an egg that the bunny hid so well that Payton never found it.

Up next... Gardening!

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