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Wednesday, November 3, 2010


Anna’s 2nd birthday came and went, and here I am, nearly a month later, finally getting the chance to write about it.  As a means of mental protection, many veterans of war often block out horrible images and periods of time - I’ve done the same with Anna’s second birthday.

Why, you ask?

Because my child is no longer Anna – she’s Satanna.  And Satannna and her little terrible two minions were out in full force on that scary day, October 10, 2010.

I stayed at my mom’s house that weekend since the majority of our family/friends live in her area.  It just made the most sense logistically.  Since I’m mother-of-the-year, I waited until the last minute to basically do everything for this party.  With the exception of the cute decorations, everything else was a last minute ordeal.  Crap!  I need to order the cake!  Crap!  We have no plates or utensils!  Crap!  We have no food!

So, we made a mad dash to Wal-Mart (hell on earth) the day before the party.  Satanna was out in full force there, so our shopping experience was super pleasant (dripping with sarcasm).

The morning of Satanna’s birthday started out innocent enough.  I walked into the bedroom to sing Happy Birthday to her, and she seemed to enjoy it for the first 20 seconds or so.  Then Linda Blair’s demons entered her body, and she started growling and snarling at me.  I knew we were in for a lovely day. 

All morning long it was a battle between good and evil.  “Anna, let’s get dressed.”  “NO!!!!!!!!” (screams, rolls on the floor, froths at the mouth).  “Anna, let’s brush your teeth.”  “NO!!!!!!!!” (screams, rolls on the floor, froths at the mouth). 

When I finally did manage to get her dressed, she refused any photo ops, so this is what I got:

IMG_0068 At least the Golden Girls are happy.

IMG_0064 Here she is walking, nay running, away from me.  At least you can see her 2!

IMG_0074 Again, she refused to look at the camera.

The silver lining at this point was that her party was a very small/intimate affair.  I’d only casually invited a few close friends and family members over, so it wasn’t that big of a deal for them to see me have my mommy mental breakdown over Satanna’s antics. 

We did the cake and gift thing and prayed that no serious altercations would occur during this time.  We lucked out.  Anna cooperated, for the most part, even though I’d still see glimpses of Satanna come out.  That’s OK, though, because by that point, I became a little less than angelic.

Here are some pictures of the decorations:


Anna’s smash cake


Anna is two sign.


Overexposed picture of the Golden Girls.


Cupcake toppers



Anna liked the cupcakes.  She also liked taking the toppers out of them.

Anna with her floor sweeper.  She loves to help me clean!

IMG_0136 Blowing out the candle

IMG_0137 Success!  And do I see a little bit of a smile?!  And a random eggplant?

IMG_0143 Enjoying the cake!

IMG_0146 And here’s the typical family photo where I’m the only one looking at the camera.

IMG_0147 Now Anna is the only one looking at the camera.

IMG_0152 There’s that darn eggplant again.

So, Anna had a wonderful 1st birthday and a crazy 2nd birthday, so we have a wash.  Hopefully next year will be wonderful, and we’ll be past the terrible two phase of life although I’ve heard 3 is even worse.  Help me, help me, please!

Don’t forget to check out Piggy’s Place!


Mandy said...

Well the photos are adorable and so is your little devil LOL :) I'm giggling at the random eggplant - kind of like the big boy in our photos!

~Ashley~ said...

best.theme.ever. And by the by, when Brookie saw her new bow, she shouted "Yay! Gooooooo Buckeyes!"

Erin said...

I think that you should post pictures of this on Betty Whites Facebook page. Anna is so cute and probably the youngest fan of the GG. It could be the beginning of her tv career.

Myn and Lu said...

ITA with Erin! Such cute decorations. And what the hell- do they get a freaking memo that they DAY they turn two they are to go nuts and fight you over everything?? It's strangely comforting to know we're not the only ones in the thick of the "terrible twos", and we've only just started!!

The Martha Complex said...

I agree with Erin's comment. Maybe Betty could make a surprise appearance at her 3rd birthday!

sunshineyou said...

Your 2-yr-old is exactly like mine! And so are your family photos...makes me laugh.

Pyjammy Pam said...

i missed this before, but i love the theme. that is hilarious!

Allison aka Half of VAMH said...

Awww...she looked adorable in her shirt! Her cakes are adorable too! I'm sorry she wasn't participating very well, in ten years you will look back and just see a cute baby girl!

MamaB said...

LOL! Walmart is hell on earth! And kids are always going crazy in there- what's the deal??
Love the -b-day theme- Anna is too cute!

destiny said...

hey, natalie! Welcome to the terrible twos!! I remember emma kate's 2nd bday party...i had to put myself in time-out for a little while! HA! The pictures are adorable and I love the theme!

Caroline said...

ok. best party ever. hands down.

Mrs E said...

I still love that she loves the Golden Girls.

and eggplants. :0)

Marisha said...

I LOVE the theme!!!

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