Thursday, July 3, 2014

Party like a 5 year old!!

This was our first party to have at a place rather than at home.  I typically have birthday parties in the late afternoon so that I have the entire day to prep.  Nope, this year I felt ambitious apparently.  She had her party at her gymnastics place from 2-4.  That meant I had to get in gear and be ready.  Surprise, surprise....this was the first party that all decorations were out, food was out and I had showered and was present!  WOW--landmark day in and of itself here people!  I think this birthday was by far her favorite!  She had a BLAST! 

 I think her banner turned out cute this time.  It is suppose to look like lego pieces put together to spell her name. :)

The cake not only looked JUST like the Olivia house of Lego friends, but it tasted AMAZING! 

LOTS of presents!  
 Free play while guests arrived.  These girls have so much fun together!
Getting rules/directions from Coach Lisa. 
Keegan is great on the bars!

Hard to believe that we have been friends for 30 years!  I love that our kids are close in age!  I love even more that their family reunion occurs the same weekend as Olivia's party which means KK was in town! 
Two of her sweet friends from PDO.  
She is getting really good at climbing the rope!
 She loves her Buppy SO much!!!
 Easton had been whining over the chip bowl for a bit.  John's sister, Amy, asked if he could have one.  Of course he can!  John handed him the biggest one in the bowl....apparently that was the one he had been eying, and it made for one happy boy.
 We sure do love our friends Ashley and Ryan.  They love my sweet kiddos, too!  So grateful for them!
Sweet Ella!
Olivia took over the camera for a few minutes!
 Cake time!  No cake for her....just the fondant umbrella.
A little lunch/snack.  
I had not thought about it, but leave it to a kid to decide to build with the legos in the centerpieces.  I thought it was a great idea!  

Forget the legos on the tables....Adeline went for the ones that were already built!
More playtime.

This kiddo just makes me smile.  She is so fun! 
Sweet friends!
Oh me!

 We decided to wait and open presents for when we got home.  Olivia got really shy when everyone sang happy birthday, and doesn't really do well with large crowds watching her.  So, I decided to let her take them home to open them.  As everyone was leaving and we were cleaning up, I turned around to see paper flying and kiddos laughing.  Thank goodness for Ashley on writing down what she got and Danyell for taking pics.  Gratious, what would I do without my friends. As they did that, my friend Amy and Mammy helped clean everything up. 

She is one excited girl about this gift!  Her little hands are at her face and she squealed!!
Buppy was assigned door duty.  He was to be sure each child got their favor as they left. 

We were cleaned up and done by 4:30.  We headed home and unloaded the cars.  I had an hour and a half to get ready for party #2.  This was our family party this year.  We also invited some of our neighbor friends that Olivia plays with regularly.  I love this.  Last year we had just moved in and didn't know hardly any of our neighbors.  Now we get to talk and hang out with several of our neighbors.
   The intention was to watch Frozen outside, but the kids had so much fun playing that we never got to watch it. 
The kids had a blast in the sand box! 
I ordered Anna/Elsa and Olaf thinking Olivia would love them.  Come to find out, she was scared of them!  They sat in the kitchen a few days before the party until John carried them upstairs.  They rejoined the day of the party!

The best Mammy in the world!  We are also very grateful for Ms. Linda.  She is part of our family in many ways. 

 Oscar was thrilled to be at this party. 


 Olivia doesn't like s'mores, but she sure does love to make them for people!  Thanks Amber for helping her make them all!

One happy boy!
More presents!

Aunt Candy looked at Olivia's cookbook with Easton.  He brought it to her and climbed up in her lap.  
 Party favors--build your own Olaf. 

I somehow didn't get a picture of the tables that we had set up.  Sad!  I also didn't get a picture of the five of us! (ahem....Oscar!)
Once everyone had gone, Easton was asleep in less than 10 minutes.  Olivia was exhausted, but somehow talked her cousin Amber into going upstairs (to her closet, nonetheless) and making necklaces with her new bead set.  She had an amazing day!  I think we are all still recovering. 



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