We were so excited to celebrate Parker’s second birthday on Saturday. We decided that this year we would have it at Gymboree Play and Music. Parker took classes there back in January and loved it, so I thought we’d try it again for his birthday. I loved that they had an instructor to lead the play time, and the fact that she also helped with the party coordination, set-up and clean up. That takes a load off! Especially when you’re type A like me, and worry about every detail of the birthday party. Of course, I still got nervous that I would forget something, or that a few details would be missed, but I think having her there, took my anxiety level down a few notches.
The party was “Little Engine That Could” themed, since Parker LOVES trains, and is pretty fond of the book. I’ve tried to get him into Thomas the train on TV, but he doesn’t seem to be a fan… and to be quite honest, neither am I. Something about talking trains with corny British accents that don’t really do it for me. He loves Thomas books and toys though, but not so much the show.
Parker and his friends had so much fun with all of the activities. Some of the activities were even train themed too! It was hard to capture some good pictures of Parker because he was busy running around on the play floor, climbing and playing and having a good time. I did manage to get him as he was poking out of one of the donuts (above) with a cute shot of him in his birthday shirt. Of course, with it being Mason’s half birthday and all, I couldn’t leave him out… We got a shirt for Mason too, with a little caboose on it. Could my boys be any cuter?
All of Parker’s little friends were great, and brought so much joy and laughter to the party. I’m so glad that they were all able to come and celebrate with us, and make it a special time for Parker.
Parker of course loved parachute and bubble time. It was a lot of fun seeing how much the kids were enjoying it too. After play time, the kids rode the “train” back to the snack room for some refreshments and birthday cake. We served Parker’s favorites, which included white cheddar cheese puffs, raisins, bunny grahams, and mandarin oranges.
We weren’t too sure how Parker would do with the candles for his birthday when the time came to blow them out. So, we lit a candle that morning and had him practice. He got so excited he kept saying “more, more!” and so I lit the candle a few times, and he got a few giggles blowing it out. Well, it may have been better not to have him “practice” because he kept trying to blow out the candle as they were singing the birthday song during the party. I later realized that he also had a mouth full of snacks, but still managed to blow them out. Attaboy! I don’t know why I ever doubted him.
Parker enjoyed the yummy cupcake, and spending time with his friends. It was nice to have the friends that Parker likes to see during playgroup and church come together and celebrate with him. Nannie also joined in on the fun, enjoying spending time with both Parker and Mason, and celebrating with us. I think it was overall a great party. I only wish the time in the “refreshment room” was a little bit longer. It just seemed to be rushed a little bit, but maybe it just flew by more quickly that I anticipated.
From the party, we headed home for a yummy pizza dinner with Nannie, and opened birthday presents. Parker was showered with lots of fun gifts from his friends. We’ve been having so much fun digging into them today and playing with them. Mommy and Daddy got him these two gifts:
He loves them both, as well as the many other gifts that he got. Thanks friends!
On Sunday, as an added “Birthday” gift, I took Parker for his very first movie. We went to see The Lion King. He loved it. He’s SO animated that he had a hard time understanding that he couldn’t hoot and holler during every exciting scene, so we had a few little mishaps, but overall, he loved it. It is crazy how I remember watching this movie as a young teen with my little brother, and now I’m watching it with my own little boy. I think he really enjoyed sharing a bag of popcorn with his Mama and having some special one on one time with me. Afterwards, we both had a little walk around the Avenues and threw a coin in the fountain. It was a nice little end to the weekend.
Has it really been two years? Time is certainly flying by. I’m so proud of the little boy that Parker has become. Just over the last three or four months, he’s really taken well to Mason, taking direction from Mommy and Daddy, and understanding consequences. He also has really started to show his caring and nurturing side. He loves to pat Mason’s back when his fussy, come give me hugs and kisses and say “Wuv you too!”. It really warms my heart.
Although there’s a lot of hype about the “terrible twos”, I’m not in the least bit worried. I know that we’ll have some challenges, but I am confident that our little goofy Parker is going to bring us lots of happy and exciting times this next year, and I’m looking forward to enjoying the good times, and seat belting myself in for the bumpy times. It’ll be an exciting time for sure. If there’s one thing I can guarantee, it’s that Parker never makes for a dull moment! Happy Birthday, Parker! Mommy and Daddy Love you!