On Monday, our sweet baby boy turned the big 0-2. We started out the celebrations over the weekend, taking our boy to the same zoo I grew up going to throughout my childhood, Riverbanks Zoo!
I made Harrison's "two/giraffe" shirt as well as Banks' and Raleigh's elephant and monkey shirts; so, they were decked out and ready to go! I also personalized the birthday boy's safari hat so that he would look the part. :)
I printed off some scavenger hunt sheets for the kiddos to use as we made our way around to the different exhibits. They loved it!
Harrison had never been to the zoo, and boy oh boy, did he love it! My hub's parents and aunt were able to join us for the afternoon, and I think it's safe to say that celebration-goers of all ages had a great time! Here, a photo tour of our day:
It was so fun having Nana and Pop there!
Checking out the first exhibit
Fascinated by the birds
Ha! Trying to smile for the camera while also trying to feed a bird without getting nipped :)
Merry-Go-Round ride with Nana and Great Aunt Jane
Loving petting the animals...but gripping Daddy's shirt just to be safe
Oh nuffin'. Just checkin' out the zoo 'n stuff.
Raleigh Jane and her namesake, Great Aunt Jane <3
Someone loved the elephants!
Taking a breather while taking in the sights with Pop :)
Make a wish, birthday boy!
On Harrison's actual birthday, we made sure the day was all about him! He awoke to streamers and balloons hanging down from his door and was so excited to see the decor. He then immediately opened his presents: a big boy water bottle (just like his big siblings'), a new book about the zoo, and a roller coaster! Oh man, y'all: to say he has an absolute blast on that roller coaster is such an understatement. He is obsessed! Actually, all three kids are, and I highly recommend this if you have young children! So fun!
Next up, he had sprinkled cinnamon rolls for breakfast (as per our birthday tradition). It's just too bad he wasn't excited about it ;)
He then spent the morning with his Momma, picking strawberries in the glorious Spring weather at the beautiful strawberry fields, right across from our neighborhood.
After a nice lunch and nap, the birthday boy awoke to an afternoon of water play. Our three sweet neighbors joined us (who are the same ages as my trio!), and they all had so much fun soaking up the sun and cooling off in the refreshing pool. :)
Dinner was one of the birthday boy's favorites, pancakes, only this time we used the fruits of our labor from earlier in the day to make STRAWBERRY pancakes--delish!
We ended the day by serenading our birthday boy and watching him blow out the candles on his made-with-love-by-Momma zoo cake. :) And you guys, ohmygoodness, you should have seen his precious face light up as we sung and then clapped as he blew out his candles. He was SO proud to be the birthday boy! <3
And with that, we closed out a special day for our special baby boy. Now, we are ready to soar into Year 3 with our Harrison Robert. Happy Birthday, little light!