Birthday Party Recap

Monday, April 30, 2012

Yesterday we had Isaac's Cars birthday party. To put it bluntly, he was an absolute disaster in the morning. He was a sour puss through and through and gave us attitude at every opportunity. He even went so far as to cross his arms and "hrumph" a few "I'm not happy with you."'s and even disinvited me from his birthday party! Tony and I stifled our laughs a few times while we were in the car finishing our errands, but when we got home at 1:00pm, it was no laughing matter. Isaac went positively bizerk and I told him in no uncertain terms that he better wake up with a major attitude adjustment after his nap!

The poor kiddo must not have slept very well because he was out in less than 5 minutes, without any whining, talking or playing, which does not happen frequently. I prayed for him and for rest while he slept and thank you Lord, when he woke up, he was in a fantastic mood. Too bad, Tony picked up Isaac's attitude . . . I kid, I kid. Tony basically put together the whole birthday party while I hung out at home while Isaac slept, failing miserably at getting Ezra to do the same.

Tony did a phenomenal job and thankfully his stress level peetered out when he picked up on Isaac's absolute excitement. He was throwing around "Woah, check that out!" "Pretty sure" and "That's nifty!"

We once again rented out a city park pavilion for the party and allowed the kids to roam on the playground, prior to eating.

The original plan was to have it at our house and let the kids play on Isaac's new swingset, but this was a much better plan.

Unlike a lot of indoor parties, no one was concerned with the volume level, breakables, or anyone running too fast.

It was a little bit like our wedding though, in that there were so many friends from various areas of our lives, plus family. It was a little surreal to see everyone jumbled together with their kids clamoring everywhere.

And as my friend Rachel pointed out, it was nice that everyone came at different times, so Isaac had the chance to play with each friend for a bit of time and no one was left to the side. We ended up getting a pretty good deal on Papa John's pizza, our menu was pretty standard kids birthday party: pizza, fruit, and munchies.

When did my son get big enough to sit at the kids table? Or better yet, when did my son get big enough to have a kids table with his friends at his birthday party?

Ezra fought a nap the whole afternoon, but of course conked out as soon as we got in the car to go to the party. I let him sleep awhile and wouldn't you know, he woke up equally in a great mood! And I adore the picture of my Grandma telling Isaac happy birthday.

Tony scoped out the facility beforehand and had the great idea to bring white board markers and the kids loved it!

On a whim, I got Isaac this Mater Teeth sucker and pretty much died laughing when he had it!

Then, it was time for presents. This little boy was in Cars/John Deere/Moving Anything Heaven. He got especially excited for his first bike, naturally a Lightning McQueen bike.

He was spoiled for sure!

Even the wrapping paper for a lot of the gifts was Cars!

And there was Cars Memory and Cars Playdoh . . . what will they think of next?

Not to be left out, Ezra was also having a ball this whole time, like playing with Uncle Levi!

Next up, it was time for Isaac's super special Target Cars cake! Everytime we go to Target he wants to look at the book and see the Cars cake. I was so excited to let him have such a special cake, because I remember how much I adored my Big Bird cake when I was three.

And just because I think these two pictures are hilarious. First, any doubt they're father and son?

And second, fire safety with a 3 year old or better still, trying to stop him from blowing out the candles too soon.

Such a cheeseball, but I'll take it.

All the kiddos had the noise makers and were going at it during our singing Happy Birthday!

And then, he blew out his candles. :)

Ezra meanwhile was having an absolute ball with the balloons with my Mom!

He was squealing and kicking his legs! It was so sweet and funny!

Many thanks to my brother for suggesting the crap apple tree and snagging this picture of our family.

So many thanks to all who came out to join us! You definitely made Isaac feel loved and very special. We're so thankful for you in our lives!

*Presents and cake pictures were taken by Ben Berndt. :)


Megan said...

Love love love!

Jen said...

Cute! We had that cake at Jack and Carter's b-day party last year.

Anonymous said...

So, so sweet! I love the cake!

Krystie said...

Isaac looks like he was in absolute kid heaven! Great job guys!

Anonymous said...

Love it all, Leah! Isaac looks like he had a total blast.

And seriously, he is SO cute. I mean, he's always been cute, but lately, he's just looking so much like a little boy and I can't get over how stinking cute he is!

kari said...

Love this! It looks like a great time was had by all Your boys are just too cute!

Julia Goolia said...

He's just so BIG, Leah. I love it. What a fun party----I totally love the idea of doing a playground party that is low key with pizza. He's a lucky kid!

Adrienne said...

Aww! What a lovely, lovely party! So happy that he was in better spirits for it :)

Love that you prayed for his rest, great encouragement.


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