Babel is Two – Dinosaur Party Fun

Unwrapping presents

It’s not a party without some fun activities for you and your little friends. For weeks, I searched the internet for ideas for toddler activities that I could give a dinosaur twist. I knew you guys are still too young for anything that would involve patiently waiting turns or winners and losers. The obvious activities for a birthday party, eating cake and unwrapping presents, kept you all entertained for a long while, but you guys enjoyed a lot more dinosaur fun at the party.

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Babel is Two – Yearly Photo

Babel is Two - Yearly Photo

Last year, uncle Djamo took a photo of the three of us holding a photo canvas of the three of us in the hospital, moments after you were born. This year, uncle Djamo took another photo of us holding a canvas with that photo we took last year.

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Babel is Two – Birthday Cake & Candles

Blowing out birthday candles

Last year, you needed some help blowing out the candle on a cupcake version of your birthday cake. This year, I knew you would be able to blow out the candles. You even tried blowing out Robin’s birthday candles a few months ago. So on your second birthday in Japan, when you were first presented with a cake and candles I was very excited to see you blow out your candles. You were about to blow, but then Opa, wanting to help you, did it for you. I shrieked “no” and insisted the candles be lit again to let you have a go, and you did it! We all clapped and cheered, and so did you.

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Babel is Two – Dinosaur Party

Babel is Two!

You turned two when we were in Japan, and we celebrated by going to the Anpanman Museum with Opa, Oma, and your great aunt Akiko. We even got to take a photo with Anpanman himself, so it was a pretty memorable second birthday with your Japanesies. Your first birthday we had a little party, slightly dinosaur themed, at home in the UK and we celebrated with your Dutchies and aunt Yasmin. This year, I also wanted to throw you a birthday party. This time a party for you and your little friends. Continue reading

Harry Potter Studio Tour


Another year, another birthday. Yep, I’m 36 now, on my way to the dreaded 40. Oh well, actually I think that’ll hurt less than turning 30 did. Especially, since I’ve accomplished my most important life goal, in my thirties, by becoming a mom. We don’t do birthday presents, but we do celebrate, usually by doing something fun and special. This year that meant going to the Harry Potter Studio Tour in London! I am a big Harry Potter fan, I’ve read all the books numerous times, and listened to the audio books even more times while sewing in the past. I’ve seen all the movies at least once.

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Babel is One – Hands and Feet

Growing Hands

When you were just three weeks old, we wrestled with your tiny limbs to take some hand and foot prints. It was especially hard to uncurl your fists and flatten your hands on the sheet. The hand prints we ended up with weren’t as perfect as I’d hoped and I considered getting a new kit and doing it all again. In the end, I decided I liked seeing your young fighting spirit shine through in those prints.

I did get a new kit though, to take some new prints on your first birthday. Hmm, I may make this a yearly birthday tradition, because I really love seeing the difference between then and now: you’ve grown a lot!

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