3 years ago today I was at the hospital screaming at the top of my lungs and the nurses were saying, "Cristin, stop screaming!!! Use that energy to push." Ahhh, such tender memories.
On Friday we had a wonderful "Birthday" themed party for Luke. Now that the party is over, I really do believe that simple is better. I was so glad that I didn't rent a jolly jump, have miniature pony rides, hire a magician, or take everyone to Build A Bear. I sometimes feel so much pressure to do these things, but after being around all those kids on Friday, I don't think that toddlers and preschoolers really care about how elaborate a party is. Surprise, surprise.
Even though it was kind of cold, we set up the "awesome" Slip n' Slide in the backyard. I was proud of Erik for showing the kids how it was done, especially after his accident.
After the kids played with the water toys, they came in and fished cheap little toys out of a laundry basket with homemade magnetic fishing poles. Another economical and simple idea! I attached paperclips to crayons, water guns, fruit snacks and bubbles so that the poles would attach on to the toys. The kids got really into it.
Something else cheap - CUPCAKES!. Don't look too closely, they're pretty ugly, but the kids didn't mind.
Each kid got a juice box and then they sat around the table and decorated their cupcake with sprinkles and various candy.
Then, after Luke opened his presents... the cops busted the party up! Yeah, we were crazy.
Although the party seemed semi-successful, I don't think I will be doing birthday parties every year. It was fun, but I like the idea of doing a party every other year or every 3 years. I never understood why people do stuff like that, but now it makes perfect sense to me.