As with Emilie's previous birthdays I decided to take the day off work to spend the day with her on her birthday. There is only one more birthday I can do this before school will consume her birthday, so I am going to take advantage of this for as long as I possibly can. I can't help but feel that her special day is a special day for both of us. Not only do I celebrate the day that she entered this world, but I celebrate that day since it was the day she made me a mother.
We decided that we would make the day low key. We've started a tradition last year that we would have her gifts ready to give her in the morning as soon as Andre got home from work. She loves Doc McStuffins so we got her a stuffed Lambie and a doctor bag. She loved it and continues to give everyone "check ups" long after getting the gift.
Andre had to work late that night, so he wouldn't be home
for dinner, so we had my mom and grandmother over for dinner and then
Carrie, Darren, and Josh came over afterwards for birthday cake. We've
found that we really like a low key celebration on the actual day and
then we do her birthday party for her and her friends afterwards.
Andre and I really hadn't decided what we wanted to do for her
birthday party, but back in January Emilie started to talk about her
party from last year and how she wanted to go back to the same Indoor
Playground and how she loved the homemade Elmo birthday cake. The one
thing I knew for sure was that I was buying a cake this year. I was NOT
making another one. The bonus for having her birthday party at the same
place is that we knew the routine by now, and we knew the kids would
have a blast, so we booked it.
As predicted Emilie and
her friends had a blast at the Indoor Playground. We went with Little
Goobers, just like last year. They are one of the only ones in our area
that does a true private birthday party. Since the majority of the party
goers were between the ages of 1 and 4, we didn't want the stress of
having to hover the entire morning making sure some rambunctious 10 year
old was going to mow them over. They can run around the entire place
and we can sit back and drink our coffee knowing that they are safe.
It's really a win, win.
We opted to wait until we got home to open gifts because having to round
up all the kids to watch Emilie open gifts just seemed like more work
than it was worth, and we only had the place for 2 hours, so we wanted
them to have as much play time as possible. Emilie loved all of her
gifts, she is a blessed little girl.