"I have told you this so that my joy might be in you and your joy might be complete." John 15:11

Saturday, July 28, 2012


Philip turned two last week!

We had a great day.  Andy stayed home a little late so we could have birthday breakfast together and show Philip his big birthday surprise.  It was in our basement and I knew I couldn't keep Philip out of the basement all day, so we wanted to show him in the morning.

Opening a few cards after breakfast

My parents were very generous in buying Philip a train set and a train table.  The night before, Philip unknowingly helped Andy put together the trundle drawers for the table. He loved being Daddy's helper. 

Philip was super excited to open the package and check out all the tracks, trains, and accessories.  I had thought about taking him out to do something fun in the morning, but decided to play it by ear.  Sure enough, the trains consumed his attention for hours, so we stayed home.

The two of us went out for macaroni and cheese at Panera for lunch and then we went to the store to get a balloon and cake.  After a nap, it was time for dinner and then we headed right back downstairs for more playtime.  He didn't even want to eat his cake yet even though he had begged for it earlier in the day. 

I'm pretty sure the cake wasn't this lopsided when we bought it.
Perhaps it is because I unknowingly carried it into the house sideways,
or because it sat out on or counter all afternoon!

He also opened up his other birthday presents. 

Horsey's are a new favorite

Anything he can hit with a hammer is good fun

Hurry up and open the package, Dad!

Nothing runs like a Deere!

After playing with everything and letting it get much too late, I mentioned the cake again and Philip went tearing up the stairs!  We decided to try a Smith Island Cake, which is the official cake of the state of Maryland.  It was absolutely delicious and the perfect size for our little family. 

We weren't planning on having a birthday party for him this year, but we ended up throwing one last weekend. We had a graduation party for Andy a couple weeks ago, but the night before, a derecho hit our area and several people weren't able to make it.  That left us with lots of grill food in our freezer!  So we had a few of the families who couldn't make it to Andy's graduation over to celebrate Philip's birthday. Unfortunately, I forgot to clear off the memory card on my camera, so I don't have any pics from the party.  But no worries, I didn't do any super-mom decorating or food-making.  We kept it simple and everyone had fun anyway. 

Philip's 2 Year Stats
Hair:  Brownish blond
Eye Color: Brown
Weight: 26 lbs (25th percentile)
Height: 34.5 inches (60th percentile)
Number of Teeth: All but his 2-year molars - how many is that?
Favorite Song:  Old McDonald
Favorite Book: Changes frequently
Favorite Toys: Balls, Cars, Trains
Favorite Foods: Any kind of squeezie, corn on the cob
Favorite Instrument: Guitar
Favorite Animal: Puppies, horseys, and of course, Herbie the cat!

At 2 years old, Philip is:


An Outdoorsman



Pious (at times)


Good at Sports

In love with anything that has wheels

Super Fun!

 He brings life to our home and so much joy to our lives each day.  We are so blessed to have him as our son.
See what he was like at one year old!

Happy Birthday to my Terrific Two Year Old!


  1. Happy Birthday to Philip! Thanks for this great post Kristen. Prayers for the upcoming delivery and God bless your beautiful family!

  2. Happy birthday sweet little one! My heart melts seeing him praying..