Eli turns TWO!! [smash cake shoot]

First of all, I just have to say that writing this post as Eli’s mommy in the middle of a crowd of folks at Starbucks on his actual birthday is not going to work out so well.  The flood of emotion has already begun.  I just can’t process the fact that our baby boy is TWO today!!!  For the sake of those around me (and my dignity), I’m going to keep the tone light and fun.  Whew, deep breath…

So needless to say, the Smash Cake Shoot will be an annual tradition in the Daniel Family for Eli and his little sibling (Yes, we’re having another baby!  🙂 ).  The three of us and our assistant (Eli’s Mia) had a blast with the shoot last year, and those photos have made me smile countless times.  They are just so “Eli.”  Our boy is seriously obsessed with boats, trucks, trains, and the color blue right now, so there was no question about the theme and color of his cake.  I called my sweet and uber talented friend Molly and filled her in on his current obsessions and told her to do her thing.  The cake was just perfect!  Eli clearly shared in that opinion, as he almost broke out of his carseat when he saw it for the first time yelling, “Boaaaaat!  Truuuuck!  Choo chooo!”  Molly even made a special cake just for Eli to accommodate his new dietary restrictions.  Amazing!  We just let him dig in and didn’t have to worry about a thing!  I hope you enjoy seeing Eli in all of his two year old glory.  We wouldn’t trade his strong willed, high energy, sweet spirited self for anything!  We can’t wait to see how the Lord uses each of these traits that define our boy to glorify His name.  Eli, we love you to pieces!  You are such a blessing!

[ All of the fun can be seen here. ]

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