Friday, September 4, 2009

Birthday Bash

This past weekend, we had a chance to celebrate the birthdays of two of the three Luminati girls, Jen and Kate. Kate turned two and Jen turned ... another year older :^). As we are still in Colorado on our way across the country, the birthday party turned into a minor family reunion with all four Grandparents as well as Aunt Beth and Uncle Evan (the newlyweds), Jon's grandparents Brownie and Belle and Kate's cousin Riley.

This year Kate finally started to get concept of presents. Here she is carrying one of the boxes around in a quest for some help getting the ribbon off.

Every time she managed to pull off some wrapping paper, she got a round of applause from the audience. We're not sure whether she had more fun in the unwrapping process or in playing with the presents themselves.

Here she is playing with her cousin Riley with a Barn that belonged to her Daddy when he was young.

Ellie was having a great time. She's just managed to start rolling over, but that wasn't enough to steal the show on this day.

Kate has discovered the Disney princesses, so Gram managed to get an appropriately themed cake. Which princess is that on top? Kate will have to instruct her Daddy. Mommy had a pretty purple cake of her own, but it didn't have that fancy princess.

Mommy and Kate blowing out the candles.

Cake eating is serious business when you're two.

A good time was had by all, but especially the little two-year old. I promise Mommy got some cake and presents too, but she didn't get as much applause or make nearly as big a mess.

Wish you all could have been here for our birthday fun. Next year the party will be in Monterey, so save the date!


Anonymous said...

What a great party that must have been! Happy birthday girls! We can't believe how those girls are growing up! They are adorable! I might add that the older birthday girl, Miss Jen, looks like a million dollars! We can't wait to see you next week!
Al and JoAnn

beth and melinda said...

what great pics--we miss you

Shari Baker said...

It looks like you both had a fun celebration of your birthdays! Happy Birthday, Jen! :)

Jen Luminati said...

Thanks, Shari! And I want to add that I was thinking of you and Brandon (and Jamin) as we drove through Frisco today. I haven't been there since your wedding and it was fun to reminisce. :) Take care!

Nana and Grandpa said...

The birthday pictures are great. What fun it was to be able to celebrate with the two birthday girls in person. Kate really did love the applause when she tore a paper from the packages. It was such a fun party.
Gram throws a great party!

Anonymous said...

Wow! It sure was a great day. Our time went by so fast. It was wonderful to be w/ the 4 of u, our Tom+Deb in law, grandparents, the newlyweds and Riley, too! A gift to us as we gave our gifts to the birthday girls! God is good! Love to all, + we miss u all buckets! Gram+Pops