Tuesday, November 18, 2008

The Festivities!!

Finally, I'm posting the birthday celebration(s). Hope you have a comfortable seat.. maybe you should go get a drink or something. You KNOW there will be a lot of pictures.. hehehe

Hayden decided he wanted donuts for his school treat. So after I dropped him off, I went to walmart and picked up 2 dozen donuts, napkins and wipes. When it was time to take it to his class I put Kait in the stroller, had Carson running around all crazy like and was pushing the stroller with one hand while I helped balance the two large donut boxes on top of the stroller with my other hand. As if that wasn't difficult enough, it started raining. And then my cat started following us. I'm sure I looked fantastic as I became the "crazy cat lady" who screamed and chased it away. Oh, and because school was almost out, there were parents in the parking lot. Most excellent.

Miss Sharon gave Hayden his crown (he decorated himself) and talked about how old he was and then they sang Happy Birthday.

I presented the donut boxes only to be greeted with some "you've got to be kidding me" looks.. because that day was also bear day. All the kids brought their bears to school. Bears+Sticky Fingers= Not Cool. Luckily, I was able to redeem myself once I presented the baby wipes.

Look at Hade following directions.. I told all of the kids to wipe their fingers and mouths with the wipe. And no wiping on clothes. Our birthday tradition is to let the birthday person decide where we go out for dinner. Hayden chose... Super Salad! He was able to eat mass amounts of pickles, shredded cheese, cotage cheese, jello, watermelon and a few other little things. And of course there was his ice cream sunday with an overdose of sprinkles. My in-laws and Sister-in-law and her husband, Lock and Marci and Danno (who hates buffets) all joined us.. our table was huge.

One of the best moments was after dinner as we were walking out to the car. And Marci asked where Carson was. :-S Uh, yeah. IN THE RESTAURANT! I ran back in to be greeted by confused employees who then laughed as I proclaimed that I had forgotten my 2 year old. Nice.

Once we were back at the house, it was time for cake and presents.. I LOVE THIS PICTURE!

Hade received this balloon boquet and bear from my dad and step-mom.. and it was delivered at the perfect time because he had friends over.. they kept talking about how cool and lucky he was. :o)

Opening a present from us (Imaginext pirates)
And his big present.. the Imaginext Pirate Ship he's been dying to have! He was so excited to get it.. the other kids thought it was pretty neat too.. so much that they all climbed on the table too. lol
I have about 5 pictures that all look like this.. no eye contact. Hayden's exact words were, "It's my birthday- I don't have to look at you if I don't want to."
Kaitlyn was tired.. but thought I'd try to get all 4 kiddo's in one picture.
I won't tell you what he's eating. *barf*The Party Goers.. Lock, Marci (playing Tetris) and Danno.
I finally got Hade to look up because I told him it was time for bed. Heh.
Happy Birthday, Hayden!! We had a great day and so much fun. :o)

Wow, you're so good to have looked this long.. and sadly, you're not even half way done I bet! I'm SO SORRY! Kind of. Not really. MOVING ON..

I decided the day after his birthday to do a Build-A-Bear party. I usually wouldn't even consider it because it's $$$ but earlier that week we recieved a mailer that showed they had a bunch of $10/$12 animals. And, there was a coupong where if you book a party, the guest of honor gets a bear and clothes free ($20 worth). And, I sold the Transiberian Orchestra tickets that Drew had bought for us (he forgot that it was on his sons birthday..) and made some money off of them. If those weren't the stars aligned then I don't know what is.

We had already invited my sister Amy and her two girls as well as Misty and her 4 kiddo's to come over because I knew we would do *something*.. so that's who all went to Build a Bear (Hade wanted to invite a few other friends but the stars weren't THAT aligned.. lol).

Putting name tags on.
Hade chose the cat who looks like Kitty-Kitty Meow (our cat)
All the kids had their bear on their head and marched to the back while yelling "Stuff Our Bear" over and over. LOVED IT!

The magical Build-a-Bear lady managed to get all the kids to sit down again!Birthday boy went first!
Mindy and Carson played with the hearts.. I love this little girl!
Each of the kids were given two hearts. With the first one they all closed their eyes and gave Hayden a birthday wish and then they all put it in his bear. The second one was for their own bear.
Drew was sweet enough to hold Kaitlyn's bear.. Pinky.

Bath Time!

You too, Kaitlyn..
They are almost the same size. LOL
Kaitlyn leans in for a kiss..
Carson tried to put the bear Hats and Guitars in.. shocker, they didn't fit!

All the bears are dressed and have bows.. let's get a group picture!
Here's everyone!
If you click on the picture you can see better.. Aubrey chose a black bear and Carson chose a doggy whose name is The Brain. If you were wondering.
Silly Faces..

More silly Faces..
Then some of the kids needed a bathroom break.. my manly man Drew was so kind to hold the cute stuffed animals. This picture alone helped make the money worth it... ;o) Oh, Hayden's is the cat wearing the Iron Man costume and the Orange bow tie.
Me and my little man.

After the pictures all of the kids yelled TAKE ME HOME as they marched to the front of the store. Then, the staff sang happy birthday to Hayden and they also gave him an Autograph bear. All of us attending were able to sign it.. how cool is that?

And how cute is this little girl???Back at the house singing Happy Birthday..

Making a birthday wish (again)

May all his wishes come true.


  1. The build a bear party looks like LOTS of fun. Maybe the stars will align and we can do that for Paisley's birthday.

    And I can totally feel your pain about the donuts story. Things like that happen to me all the time!!!

  2. Tagging you!
    See here for details

    LOVE the birthday pics and so glad to hear that teeny tiny Kaitlyn is growing.

  3. sounds like it was a lot of fun. But why wasn't I invited. half kiding and half not. call it the kid in me.

  4. Build a Bear . . . that place is a danger zone for me. Good job on making it out of there alive.

    And on another note . . . hooray for your little one. :)

  5. What great pictures. It looks like he had a fun day! Happy (belated) birthday Hayden!
    From Sarah and Bryce :o)

  6. Trish, I'm the one that tagged Angel first.. maybe I should torture everyone and do it again though. LOL

  7. Danette, I would have loved to have you there.. that's what I mean about the stars not being THAT aligned. :o( Hayden adores Misty's 3 kids (and Carson totally loves Mindy) so he wanted them. If I had enough money I would have had you guys and his buddy Nate and his twin sisters as well as a few other kids from preschool and his friend Zane..

    ANYWAY, maybe I should have just invited you and not your kids. hehehe

    Hey, when are we going to do our Girls Night Out for your birthday dinner...