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!"
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We once again rented out a city park pavilion for the party and allowed the kids to roam on the playground, prior to eating.
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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.
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Unlike a lot of indoor parties, no one was concerned with the volume level, breakables, or anyone running too fast.
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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.
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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.
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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?
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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.
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Tony scoped out the facility beforehand and had the great idea to bring white board markers and the kids loved it!
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On a whim, I got Isaac this Mater Teeth sucker and pretty much died laughing when he had it!
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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.
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He was spoiled for sure!
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Even the wrapping paper for a lot of the gifts was Cars!
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And there was Cars Memory and Cars Playdoh . . . what will they think of next?
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Not to be left out, Ezra was also having a ball this whole time, like playing with Uncle Levi!
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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.
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And just because I think these two pictures are hilarious. First, any doubt they're father and son?
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And second, fire safety with a 3 year old or better still, trying to stop him from blowing out the candles too soon.
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Such a cheeseball, but I'll take it.
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All the kiddos had the noise makers and were going at it during our singing Happy Birthday!
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And then, he blew out his candles. :)
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Ezra meanwhile was having an absolute ball with the balloons with my Mom!
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He was squealing and kicking his legs! It was so sweet and funny!
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Many thanks to my brother for suggesting the crap apple tree and snagging this picture of our family.
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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. :)

8 comments:

Megan said...

Love love love!

Jen said...

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

Laura said...

So, so sweet! I love the cake!

Krystie said...

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

Kristal 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 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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