Sunday, September 26, 2010

Silo Turns Two

Exactly one year ago we spent our evening doing this:

We were celebrating Silas's first birthday - without the birthday boy. It seemed fittin' to throw him a party in our hearts, and I figured it was as good a time as any to introduce him to our party style- cupcakes with sprinkles on paper plates.

Make no mistake, Pie Pot, we will love you every way we know how, but not with a fancy, store-bought cake or party hats.

I remember the kids and I talking about what we wished for Silas and darn it if their answers weren't the cutest things since miniature donkeys, but I didn't write them down.

What I wished was that Silas was being treated like a Prince on his Big Day. And that he would join us under our roof in a hurry.

Fast forward a year.

Silas turns two.

As sure as I'm sitting here in my sweatpants, he woke up promptly at the stroke of birthday midnight and started whooping it up. At first I thought it was a fluke. Then, I thought he was talking in his sleep. At 2:00, I heard him laughing at his own jokes. At 4:00, I thought I heard him spinning some tunes. At 4:30, Cory found him sitting upright, wide awake, in silence. He looked a little sheepish, having had the cops called on him and all.

Homeboy threw himself back to Korean time and lived it up, transcontinental-toddler-style. I've never heard a happier dark-of-the-night baby.

It made me laugh to myself, up in my bed.

As for today? Ain't no one laughing.

FYI, here's what a 2-year-old birthday boy looks like after partying 'til the break of dawn the night before.

He screamed for 90% of gift-opening.

It was his story. He was sticking to it.

I thought Betty Crocker might have a cheering effect on him, but tweren't so.

Or maybe he was just afraid of the looming claw hand....

In one particularly bright spot, Calvin took it entirely upon himself to make Siley a birthday card.

Before long, he caught on to the fact that if he wasn't going to play with his new things, there were six other small peeps who would be happy to share the load.

He marched around for the rest of the evening, pushing the buttons on a trove of new, button-pushing toys.

Silo, we love you so much, even on your grumpiest of days.

But please, pack up that disco ball and sleep tonight.

51 comments:

  1. Happy Happy Birthday sweet Boy! So glad you are home now to celebrate! I found our sweet Izzy always seems to party on China time the few nights before her birthday...even last year at age 6. Makes it all bittersweet, and a tough day...but oh so much to celebrate!

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  2. Happy Birthday, party boy!

    And I love, love, love that Calvin made him a birthday card all on his own. There is a collective "awwwww" in blogland tonight for that. ;o)

    ~mary~

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  3. Happy Birthday Silas! He is one handsome little lad. I hope he sleep tonight!!!

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  4. Happy birthday, Silas! Praying for sleep for the whole family tonight.

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  5. Hope you all get a good night's sleep. Silas is such a cutie!

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  6. Awww...happy birthday to your party boy! He's so cute...even when he's got the grumps. :)

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  7. TOO funny. Happy Birthday, Silas. It's your birthday, you can cry if you want to. :)

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  8. Oh my gravy. You must be exhausted. I mean, I will pray for you, because I KNOW. I know about these things, somewhat.
    I will pray for you right now.
    Perhaps by miracle you will be able to sleep long and IN?

    Happy birthday Silo-

    As for you, OFF TO BED, and dream of miniature donkeys...or at least count them

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  9. and now I feel bad for complaining to you about being tired, because you are tired too.
    You deserve FOUR comments, not my measly one with a responding complaint to file.
    I'm so mean. I need a nappers.

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  10. Happy Birthday to Silas! You will have a whole continent praying for you to sleep tonight.

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  11. Well, here's four ( five if your generous), during my blogging break, Q turned three and I bought the cake and it was gross and during the opening of presents a boy barfed so I have no idea who gave what, and I never want to have a tried and true party again, so it's probably his first and last party.
    So there.

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  12. I can't believe Calvin was up all night again. :-) Happy Birthday Silas! It's your party and you'll screech if you want to!

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  13. Awwwwww such a sweet little party animal! He's a beautiful blessing & beautifully blessed to have such a fabulous family!

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  14. Happy Birthday to your wonderful bundle of joy.

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  15. Maybe the funniest thing I have ever read. I can just imagine the lil' guy partying it up!

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  16. Silas...meet Abby...she is your dream girl. A little older..a cougar to you, but alas, she has the same sleeping habits. She's a girl who wants to party all the time, party all the time, party all the...yeah you get it. Happy 2 years on planet earth baby. You are a blessing!

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  17. Happy Birthday to Silas! It sounds like it was very much a common 2 year old birthday. Both my boys have a nack for melting down on B-day. I think they can sense the different cadence to our routine and mommmy's stress level..hehe. Birthdays are a big homemade deal in our house! Love the pics, hope you enjoyed the day too...just as much your day as it is his! Curious about his arrival story...can't wait! : )

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  18. Happy Birthday to Silas! How lovely that you celebrated last year too! I hope that ya'll will get some yummy rest tonight! We celebrated my mama's birthday this weekend...only we ate *booger cake...from the grocery store.

    : )

    Julie M.

    ps Neat blue table!

    pps *German Chocolate...my daddy's favorite.

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  19. I loved every word of that story.. you are an awesome story teller. Happy Birthday Silas!

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  20. Really? You have a whole category called claw hands? Sheesh! Who does that! I can't believe your little guy is 2! It was almost a year ago that you were here telling me the story of Silas. What a difference a year makes. Hope you all sleep well tonight.

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  21. Happy Birthday Silas! Love your new haircut...and the fact that you and your mama coordinated your outfits today. Hope you're sleeping like a baby!

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  22. aww, happy birthday to your sweet boy! i laughed out loud at his late night partying... hilarious. better keep an eye on him, he'll be stealing the car keys and shimmying down the ol' oak tree before you know it!

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  23. Isn't it amazing how they can keep going after partying all night ;) My little man didn't sleep well at all for 4 years... blurry... blurry days... He is a handsome sleepless grumpy birthday boy!! ;)

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  24. My kid parties too much too... maybe William and Silas met up somewheres between Idaho and Indiana and whooped it up... who knows! Tonight. SLEEP BABIES, sleep.

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  25. Ahahaha! One of our kids always does this on his birthday. Well, he's only had two... But still! Xxx

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  26. 1. Miniature donkeys are the cutest thing besides kids. My dad gave me one as a wedding present 8 year ago and I LOVE THAT LITTLE THING. We trained him to stand like a statue when the kids crawl on him. I think you need to get Silas one for his third birthday? :)
    2. I love the image of the mad birthday boy. Two is so funny - in retrospect.
    3. This first birthday party story makes me tear up. What a lucky family you are to have found him and how lucky he is to have found you guys.

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  27. Happy Belated Birthday Silas!

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  28. Happy birthday you sweet boy! As usual, love this post! Do you get tired of hearin' that, FPFG?

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  29. Oh my dear these photos are precious! Poor little guy- (and mom too!) Hoping you all get some sleep tonight!

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  30. Love how you can make a sleepless night sound so funny, love that card that Calvin made, love those great photos...and hope everyone rested well last night! Happy birthday to Silas.

    Jan

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  31. Ok, I'm dying that you have a category "claw hands". haha But moving on, happy birthday to Silas!! Hope he got some sleep last night ;)

    ~Kiri

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  32. Oh Shannan that was so cute. Thanks for the play by play. Toddlers...don't ya just love 'em! You had me laughing out loud with the claw hand comment. Seriously girl I just adore you!!!

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  33. Happy Birthday to the Birthday boy! What a great weekend to celabrate, we also partied at our house in Birthday style this weekend!

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  34. I was seriously laughing out loud at Homeboy living it up transcontinental-toddler-style. Hilarious! Hope he had a wonderful birthday, and I'm sure he slept good THAT night! :)

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  35. Looming claw hand- hilarious! But now I am scared... can it come through the computer screen???

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  36. How cute - I was cracking up over this! You couldn't be more right - every birthday party we have, we have a grumpy kid - never fails! Even my sisters daughter took over the title at her first birthday this year :) I'm hoping that 5 is a better birthday party than others we've had before! Although I'm doubting it b/c my daughter wants a huge shindig - I'm not ready for shindigs - I really am not. We party your style - casual and easy :)

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  37. i adore you and your claw hand category. happiest birthday silas!

    <3

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  38. Happy Birthday Sweet Little Man. It's you birthday and you can party if you want to.......maybe stick to this time zone, hah.

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  39. Happy Birthday to a sweet little guy...I'll admit I laughed just a tiny bit that he was wide awake but oh the next day...but what a trooper and a day to celebrate!
    Happy Birthday

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  40. That is just too funny!

    I know you know I love your blog, but just in case you didn't I gave you an award :)

    http://achosenchild.blogspot.com/2010/09/ballots-have-been-counted.html

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  41. Birthday blues - toddler speciality! Bless him! xx

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  42. Oh, it's pretty embarrassing (okay, funny) how I found out the letters for our favorite shirt go all the way through. I wore it inside out. To work. Where a snobby 10th grade student pointed it out in a huff with some major eye rolling. She was not impressed. Although, I did earn some cool points back when she realized it was from AE.

    PS: I'm totally in your age bracket! And, really, what is the matter with all these other women our age that are able to resist AE's plaid button-downs and perfect jeans? Don't even get me started on their jewelry.

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  43. Happy birthday Sweet Silas...our world will be a better place because of you. I know you have delightfully changed your momma's beyond words.

    Cheers~
    e

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  44. Happy birthday
    to Silas and to
    those who love him ~
    may you enjoy many
    years of happiness
    and good night's
    sleep!!!
    xx Suzanne

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  45. Perhaps his strong lungs will help him break into opera singing. Would he be the first Korean opera singer?

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  46. Happy Birthday to you Silas!

    {Sidebar - I would like to suggest to you a post: how to keep birthday parties reasonable by Farmgirl. I am so sick of the birthday party mess that I have gotten myself into. Do you let your kids go to other parties? That is where the evil birthday party monster comes from I think. Help! I would love to hear you sound off on the subject!}

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