Saturday after the adoption training, we had a birthday party in the park for our 17 year old daughter. She wanted a soccer party, so we invited family and friends, and trekked over to the park with cupcakes and ice cream and pop and soccer balls. The soccer field is near a covered pavilion and right next to a playground, so there was plenty to do for all ages, and the evening was a big success. I think there must have been 40 people there.

By the end of the evening we were all tired, especially my two year old. She was also feeling a little needy since I’d been gone all day, which she is utterly unaccustomed to.

(At naptime that afternoon, she fussed and fumed when my older daughter laid her down for her nap, and just before she gave in and went to sleep she sat up and declared indignantly, “Mommy MEAN!” Her unhappiness confirmed my feeling that she is not ready to be away from me for a week. She will definitely be going to Ethiopia with us when we go later this year!)

Anyway, on the way home from the soccer party, she was melting down bigtime. I tried reaching back and holding her hand, talking to her, feeding her snacks, and showing her the party pictures on the digital camera, but she was determined to whine. Finally Daddy’s ears got tired of the fuss, and he said sternly, “Bizzi, be quiet.”

Without missing a beat, she sang out, “I don’t HEAR YOU!!!”

And continued to whine. Right through our uproarious laughter.

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  1. Two – isn’t it a hilarious age . . . if you can get through the foot stomping, whining, crying, and potty training! 🙂

  2. That is so funny! We have a little one who has just turned 3. It is such a fun age! 🙂

  3. Very funny! Whenever I say the N-O word, my 19-month squints her eyes and covers her face with her hands. She’s either pretending to be invisible or that’s her way of saying “I can’t see you, so I obviously couldn’t hear you tell me NO.”

  4. So cute. When my middle son was 2 he thought that if he clothed his eyes we won’t see him. Several times I walked into the kitchen and found him STANDING in the middle of the table, he would quickly shut his eyes tight hoping I’d walk through and not notice him.

  5. Two is the funniest age. And it’s a good thing they’re so funny, too.

  6. so funny…will you please come to my house? i need some mary advice. my daughter just yesterday started showing signs of terrible 2s. 🙂

  7. I THINK I miss the age of two. Cute story and glad to hear the party went well.

    How do you find the energy for everyone? I’ll be following your latest adoption. As mom to four sons, three by adoption, I’m thinking I want more. But I wonder if I’m too old to begin again. Anyway, you are an inspiration.