Last night we hosted a birthday party for Brandon at what he calls "The bouncy house place." He has been to several parties there in the past year and had been asking for months to have his party there when he turned four. The bouncy house place is one giant room filled with inflatables and slides and toys. And it offers a private party room for pizza and drinks and gifts. Since we are in the middle of a brutal winter and we had never thrown Brandon a "friends" party, we decided a month ago to go ahead and book it. His only other request was that it be a Ninja Turtle party. Easy enough.
We had about 12 kids show up besides our own two, and everyone had a blast, including the birthday boy himself. At the end of the night, we watched a bunch of sweaty, tired, happy kids go home with their parents who were also very happy to have been provided a good way for their kids to run off some energy. Some kids even left in tears, sad when it was all over. (My little guy included).
I have to say that it didn't take long for me to give up on getting pictures. Already a hard task with four year olds gets a lot tougher when they are doing nothing but jumping and sliding for two hours straight.
Case in point. :)
This particular moment was a highlight. Through all the many times that Brandon has been here, he's always been just a bit too afraid to try the really big slide. His buddy Braylon got him to finally try it within the first 10 minutes of the party last night.
We had pizza, orange Hawaiian Punch (for Michaelangelo - the "orange" turtle) -- and cake and ice cream. And way too many presents. When Brandon saw all the presents lined up, he looked at me and said, "That's WAY too many presents!"
Smiling because I just handed him a piece of cake with Raphael's face on it. ;)
We are blessed with a great group of kids and parents in his class. We all know each other pretty well... mostly from bonding over birthday parties! Everyone pitches in to help, and Brandon's buddy Colin even ran up and gave me a huge hug during the party. Definitely a surprise from this little friend of his. I'm going to be pretty sad when our daycare experience is over and we send this kiddo off to school. Let's keep them little. :)
And Brandon didn't even mind when all of his buddies helped him open all his gifts. Team work.
Had to get a picture of him with two of his best girls, Kyla B. and Kyla O. What a "cheeser."
He had a great night, and we're ready for more celebrating this weekend!