The one with the two-day party (and more cake)

I know – it’s been over a month and I still haven’t finished Allie’s 2-year birthday blogs. She’s already 25 months old and I’m late posting that blog entry too! At any rate, here is the next installation of the birthday celebrations. This one takes us to Indiana where Vin’s cousin Becky had what was basically a two-day party for both Allie and Vin, and to celebrate Jo being here, as well. We drove to Indiana the day after Allie’s birthday (Friday July 23rd). This is pretty much what Allie did with her cousins for the next two days:

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* Mouse over the pictures for additional captions

We arrived at Becky’s and Allie immediately went to her pile of presents:

[[image:allie725a.jpg:Mary, Gabby and Grace help Yaya with her presents:center:0]]

Then we swam in the lake:

[[image:allie726a.jpg:Gabby and Yaya are ready in their lifejackets:center:0]] 

[[image:allie727a.jpg:Let’s go swimming!:center:0]] 

[[image:allie728a.jpg:Yaya swims with Mary and Grace:center:0]] 

[[image:allie729a.jpg:Spectacular dive by Gabby!:center:0]] 

[[image:allie730a.jpg:I love to swim:center:0]] 

[[image:allie731a.jpg:Fun with Gabby:center:0]]

After a quick bath, it is almost time for dinner.

[[image:allie732a.jpg:Jo, Becky and Gabby:center:0]] 

[[image:allie736a.jpg:Jo, Mary and Aunt Pat:center:0]] 

[[image:allie733a.jpg:Papa, Mama and Yaya:center:0]] 

The girls get more playtime before we headed to the hotel for the night:

[[image:allie734a.jpg:What mischief are they plotting?:center:0]] 

[[image:allie735a.jpg:Gabby, Yaya and Grace watch a movie:center:0]]

Becky had cheesecake in honor of Allie’s birthday but I forgot to take a picture of it. Sorry… But it was yet another cake that Allie did not eat (not that we didn’t offer her any). 🙂 The next morning was dark and stormy. No more swimming in the lake? Not to mention it was Vin’s birthday! We had a lengthy delayed breakfast at the hotel (long story, don’t even get me started):

[[image:allie737a.jpg:Happy Birthday Papa!:center:0]] 

[[image:allie738a.jpg:Vin, Jo and Yaya:center:0]] 

Finally, after an excruciatingly long (terrible service!) breakfast, we head to Becky’s for more fun. The girls immediately started playing together again:

[[image:allie739a.jpg:Youthful exuberance:center:0]] 

[[image:allie740a.jpg:Group Hula:center:0]] 


On the plus side, the skies have cleared and it is a beautiful sunny day once again. So we all head out for a boat ride:

[[image:allie743a.jpg:The gang on the boat:center:0]] 

[[image:allie749a.jpg:Underaged boat driver:center:0]] 

And then more swimming and general water merriment:

[[image:allie742a.jpg:Jo, Yaya and Becky:center:0]] 

[[image:allie744a.jpg:Is it time to swim yet?:center:0]] 

[[image:allie745a.jpg:Papa, I’m ready, let’s go!:center:0]] 

[[image:allie746a.jpg:Papa, Mama and Yaya are swimming!:center:0]] 

[[image:allie748a.jpg:Noodling on Papa’s shoulder:center:0]] 

Then it is time to eat. Chef Bebe is hard at work preparing our meal while Gabby and Grace dance around serving us (play) food:

[[image:allie750a.jpg:Chef Bebe happily whisking:center:0]] 

And now for more cake! This time it is for Vin 🙂

[[image:allie751a.jpg:Let them eat more cake!:center:0]] 

[[image:allie752a.jpg:Blow out the candle, birthday boy:center:0]] 

Needless to say, it was yet another cake that Yaya refused to even try.

It was a really fun two days, and Becky and her family are as always amazing hosts and so loving and welcoming! Thanks everyone!! And to close, one of my favorite pictures of the day of our guest of honor, Jo, and Becky (this picture was taken by Mary):

[[image:allie747a.jpg:Allie’s Auntie Jo and Aunt Becky:center:0]] 

Normally I’d say tune in next month, but you guys just stay right here and click on the next entry. I’m working on it right now! 😉

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