B’s 3rd Birthday Party

July 8, 2017 | Pizzas, fire engines, ice cream cake…oh, and CARS! A perfect day for B. 🙂  E couldn’t have been any closer to the gift-opening if she tried. I love seeing her grow up/comprehend what’s going on (she only pulled out ONE of his gifts from the bag), and make sure he played with the toys first before her turn. Pat was so nice, she brought a gift for E as well; a Minion! I think we may have to show E the movie tonight now…

J whipped-up an incredible Whiskey/Aperol drink — before we ate lunch #PARTY. After all of the food/gifts we let the kiddos loose in the backyard with the pool/slides/water table. C just wanted to dive her face into the pool, so everyone was on high-alert with her! B took a fall that we thought might be serious, but after throwing a balloon at me while I was holding the ice on his knee the tears stopped completely…stinker… 🙂  Such a fun family day with the whole crew!

Great-Grandpa’s 92nd Birthday

May 26, 2017 | Turning 92 is a BIG DEAL, so we thought we should take three little kids to a sophisticated/higher-end restaurant…ha! Etch-a-Sketch was surprisingly fun for the toddlers…and great-grandpa… 🙂 Overall they did ok, but E had her share of tantrums and Cha-Cha just didn’t want to be confined. At least one kiddo made it to the candle & singing! Thankful for a hostess that didn’t mind coming outdoors to take a group photo…inside it was SO DARK I couldn’t do it at the table. I only had to swap two heads in the group, and remove a handicap sign! #worthit

We got home and E really wanted to play by the pond in her party dress. Red is currently her favorite color, and GGpa gave her one of his balloons to keep. She can look so innocent sometimes, right?

E’s Third Birthday

February 18, 2017 | Goodness — she’s THREE. The beginning seemed to move slow, yet now it’s just flying by! We kept it simple again this year with just family, and my friend Brie made her cake/cupcakes perfect. I met her at the Dollar Tree that morning to grab the cakes, while also picking up $1-filled balloons…win. Moana, Paw Patrol, Clarence the Dino (named because after Valentine’s Day, I found him on the Clearance rack) and more. She was seriously thrilled with everything! And what’s a family gathering without mandatory group photos with toddlers? FUN FOR ALL!

I’m not sure WHY I didn’t use my real camera to take pics while we were singing to her. Maybe I was actually enjoying the moment??? Imagine that! After the party (and a nap) we rode to a nearby neighborhood to play on their playground. She just wanted to pretend that she was trapped and monsters were after her (mostly Dave and I). It was a fantastic day!

Nana Birthday

January 8, 2017 | It took us awhile to celebrate Mom/Nana’s birthday — 12/26 is the date — but December is inherently busy so January had to work. Ironically I have no photos of MOM from this family gathering, just the kids being silly.

For a gift, we thought we were so smart getting us tickets to see Travis Wall and his dance company downtown (purchased months prior). She opened the envelope and saw the below image, then sadly let us know that she would be out of town for Spring Break! 😦 If we had done her party on TIME it would have been before they planned their trip!  (My friend Heather ended up filling-in for us). Oh well, Happy Birthday Mom!

Baby N’s First Birthday Party

December 31, 2016 | L & M throw some pretty awesome parties, and when their little Nat turned 1 this was no exception.  We are talking BALLOON DROP people!  Such a cool feature for all of the kiddos.  E talked about it for days after — she stood under those balloons with New Years glasses on and arms outstretched/ready.  Nat wasn’t too impressed with our birthday-song singing, but enjoyed the cake. 🙂

Now for some cell phone pics:

Cousin B | 2nd Birthday Party!

July 9, 2016 | We had been talking to E about her cousin’s birthday party for a couple of days, now that she’s old enough to kinda understand what is going on.  I helped her color on a card, and she was very excited to bring it over to him…until she crumpled it in the car on the way to the party… 🙂

When we arrived, the toddlers were given party-blowers, and that instantly started a chasing game.  Literally all of my photos were blurry, but these were the best of each kiddo!

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Then it’s time for “watch the toddlers” and “hold the baby” before the food was ready to eat.  A tasty brunch that was worth the wait!  These two have so much fun together. This may be the last time they can actually fit in the car at the same time!

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Now that E is a little older, she totally gets presents.  I knew that this would be hard for her, since she cannot quite grasp that it’s HIS birthday party and not hers.  She was right in all of the action for the opening, and threw a bit of a tantrum when I forced her to stop taking his new toys.

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Then CAKE!  B isn’t a big fan of cake, so he had a cookie…and E was so impatient waiting for her piece.  This girl LOVES parties.  And sweets.  And anything sugar-related.  But at least she sang “Happy Dirt-day to B!” (in a cute toddler voice).  B did better at this part than last year, but does NOT like his hands to be dirty…so there was a lot of concern over the frosting on his two fingers… 🙂

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And the best part of the day — at least in E’s opinion; the POOL.  Pools are just the absolute best!  We are trying to start the whole “undies” thing, so before I put her in the swimsuit I asked. She said no.  Then promptly went outside and squatted on the patio to pee before entering the pool.  Pure class I tell you!  B loved sliding into the water with a giant splash…E kinda cheated after a splash or two and gently got in.  She preferred to spray B with the whale-tail!

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Such a great party — Happy Birthday Mr. Big Biscuit!