Charlie celebrated the big 02 on November 12. That morning, he had his 2 year check-up. He now weighs 34 ½ lbs and is 35 ½ inches tall. Charlie's square! He's in the 95th percentile for weight and the 75th - 90th percentile for height. I don't remember his head circumference, but it was also in the 95th percentile. He's graduated to wearing some 2T and 3T sizes. He has also outgrown the shoes we purchased back in the spring, and he now sports size 8 shoes.
We celebrated that night with a trip to Chick-Fil-A and then the local mega-furniture store. Yep, we party like rockstars around here. We did stop by Braums for ice cream cones on the way home. He's still kind of clueless about the whole birthday thing, so I didn't feel too bad. Plus, his big party was on the following Saturday.
On Saturday, we had the family over for lunch and cupcakes. It was such a wonderful day. (And I was so glad to have the house all back together after the conclusion of Never-ending Painting Project 2009!) He loved playing with all of his new toys and seeing everyone who came over. After everyone had eaten, we sang “Happy Birthday,” and Charlie ate his birthday cupcake. He had no trouble blowing out his candles, and did so before we even got started singing good. After that, the kids (Charlie and his cousin Katelin) enjoyed many rides in the new Radio Flyer from Granny and Granddaddy. The kids started getting tired soon after, and people began taking their leave.
Dave's brother Seth and his wife Kara hung around while Charlie and Katelin napped. The guys retired to the back patio where they started a fire and did manly things. You know, scratching and spitting. That sort of thing. Meanwhile, Mom and Kara and I stayed warm inside and had a nice visit. Talking with other adults is fun! I had forgotten that.
Once the kids woke up, we headed outside and cooked hot dogs over the fire. It was a perfect evening--just cool enough for a jacket, but not too cold that it was unbearable. I heated up chili and brought out cheese to make chili dogs. After that, we roasted marshmallows and made s'mores. Seth and family left after a little while, and the rest of us stayed outside enjoying the fall night. Granny and Charlie made numerous wagon trips around the backyard and played chase in the dark, while the rest of us visited around the fire. Does it get any better than that?