To celebrate his Big 4, we had a big party for him at our house. It was one of those rare years where his birthday landed on a Saturday, so we actually got to have his party on his birthday. Pretty cool. I decided I wanted to get all Betty Crocker and try to make a cake worth remembering this time, especially since we didn't have a big party for him ourselves the past two years. I had plans of grandeur. Everything from bulldozers to Thomas the Train Engine were thoughts in my mind. At the tenth hour, I ended up going with just a train based on things I could find at the store to create my mini-masterpiece. HA! The best part about making his cake was that he actually helped me make it. That was fun, mostly, but he really thought it was cool to help make his choo-choo train cake.
|Peep Peep - pretend this is Thomas|
|Such a proud birthday boy wearing his new Jeff Gordon shirt :)|
|He could barely wait through lunch to get to the cake part!|
|but the presents were actually number 1 on his mind|
Little r ripped through his presents like nobody's business. It was hilarious to watch. We went to a 2-year-old's birthday party the weekend before, and she carefully opened each present. My crazy man tore through one gift then handed it off to me to grab the next like it was a race (everything in this boy's life is a competition to see who can "win").
After gift time, I setup my one and only birthday activity. Paint on canvas. Everyone told me I was absolutely out of my mind and a brave soul, but it really worked out great. I love nothing more than to bring art and music out of kids. They both love it and they need it. My German friend, Nina, picked up the small canvases at a local store near her house, and I found some kids' paint and Toys R Us, of all places. We used tall kitchen bags as smocks and to cover the floor, and small silo cups to separate all of the paint. The kids had a ball, and they each got to bring home a piece of artwork to hang on the wall. That is my favorite kind of party favor :)
|Such a goofball!|
|My little Van Gogh - Aunt Jessie would be proud|
|It's a painting party! All my young artists hard at work!|
|little r's room after the party ended - it took an hour to put the legos back together - lol|
|Baby C adored all of the attention!|