Toby turned two yesterday. Time flies when you are having fun, and he certainly has added fun to our lives! Toby is mischievous, adventurous, full of energy, and has a spark about him. He is also cuddly, kind, and lovable.
When he thinks some one might be hurt or sad, he goes up to them, puts his head on the side and says “You orwite?” He calls Hannah, ‘Hanny’ to show her that he loves her, just like he calls Meg ‘Meggy’. His favourite thing to do is anything that the big girls are doing. If they are dancing then he wants to dance with them. If they are drawing, then he wants to draw.
He loves Hairy Maclary, motorbikes, trucks, trains, and tractors.
This morning we gave him some Thomas wooden railway that we had bought on ebay. The girls gave him ‘Hairy Maclary and Zachary Quack’, and a matchbox motor cycle. We encourage our kids to give each other a small gift on birthdays.
Toby was so excited to open each present. He made “oh” noises, and played with each of them. The girls were so impatient, because they wanted him to open the next one. It was hard to keep them from ‘helping’ him too much.
After present opening, it was straight into the play room to set up the most enormous train set. One of the engines he received is battery operated, and Toby just enjoyed watching it go up and down over the bridges.
Later in the morning, Country Boy and I put together a birthday cake for him – a yellow truck. I made two cakes in loaf pans then cut them using a bread knife to make a truck. Buckets of yellow icing and lots of lollies completed the design. Toby and Meg gave us ‘design advice’ and ‘helped’ – if you call licking helping.
Unfortunately, Hannah has been quite sick with a sore throat and temperature for the last 2 days. I knew she was really unwell, when she showed no interest in helping with the cake, or licking the beaters. As the day went on I started to feel sick too.
Country Boy took Toby and Meg to church (we have joined a house church – I’m not sure if I told you that!), whilst Hannah and I stayed home and slept.
Throughout the day, family members rang to ‘talk’ to Toby on the phone. He is OK for a couple of words, particularly if he can talk about tractors.
Dinner was a ‘party’ – sausage rolls, nuggets, calamari, and fruit. A slightly odd combination, but the kids enjoyed it, even if Hannah and I weren’t feeling great.
After dinner we lit the candles and sang ‘Happy Birthday’. Toby was sooooo excited, he couldn’t stop talking, unless it was to sing ‘Happy Birfday too too too too’ repeatedly. He loved the wheels on the cake, the lollies, the ‘rocks’ in the back.
After dinner it was straight to bed. Tired from an exciting day, they all went straight to sleep. Country Boy then took the opportunity to build a ‘proper’ train layout… not really sure who the train set is for!
Toby, if you read this in years to come, we love you and are so blessed to have you in our family. You bring us joy every day. Happy Birthday!