Yesterday Evelyn and Julian had a joint birthday party. They are 3 days apart and have many of the same friends so it just made sense to combine forces. Little did I know when I agreed to do this, Ann is an amazing party planner. To go with our zoo theme, she had wooden signs up that said, "aquarium" by the baby pool, "rainforest" by the water table, "monkey house" by the playground, etc.
Her sister, who teaches science experiments to kids for a living was in town and made adorable oceans in a bottle with the kids and let them touch starfish and sea sponges.
Maic and I made animal tails to pin onto the kids (and some of the adults), and we hung some of Evelyn's stuffed animals in the trees.
We had brats and burgers and mac and cheese, sweet and salty snacks, salads, and some amazing animal cupcakes. And everyone who said they were going to come came! Always struggling to understand the boundaries between work and friendship, we decided to invite anyone who has babysat for Evelyn and their families. That included several people from the church without having to invite the entire congregation. I think it was a good line to draw.
Evelyn was very into the concept of presents, and Julian couldn't have cared less. I think she would have opened all of his if he let her. She got a lot of great presents, and among them was this tea party set from Ann, which she supplemented with some amazing handmade felt cookies and cupcakes and embroidered napkins. They are so beautiful and she loves playing with the whole set already! I didn't get pictures of all of the presents she got, but I did take a few.
|Erin (and Casey) made this great magnetic bear and clothing/accessory set for both her and Julian|
|She got a new hedgehog family to go in her beautiful hand-me-down dollhouse|
And Maic and I had a great time making a board book for Julian that is about Shakespeare as a child. Maic wrote and illustrated the book, and I constructed it into a board book by using a different board book, cardstock paper, and duct tape. It turned out so cool! I apparently never got a finished picture of it, but I will look into doing that!
Overall it was just an amazing day. I was completely exhausted by the end of it and got rather grumpy around 8:30. As much as I'm aware that I need to take it easy at 9 months pregnant, it is very hard for me to stay sitting when there is stuff to be done and people to converse with, so I was up-down-up-down all day. I am definitely sore today!
I just cannot express how blessed we are to have found Julian and his family. They have come into our lives at such a perfect time and we look forward to so many more amazing birthdays together. Happy TWO, you two!