It’s going to be a good week… every week starts that way, until you realize you totally failed to show off your firstborn’s second birthday party! While I know it’s not really a big deal, Miss A adores Elmo and we loved giving her a little celebration to show that! So… here’s a little recap of Addie’s second birthday… which was in April. #bloggermomfail
For her Rhode Island party, we went to Gymboree in Cranston. They did a wonderful job- and the kids loved it so much I actually wish we’d paid for the extra time… but as it goes, sometimes letting good things end on a good note before everyone wants to leave is the best policy. I guess in the end I’m glad it went as it did. Lots of smiles are way better than a few tears!
Our gift to her was seeing Sesame Street Live at the Providence Performing Arts Center in downcity Providence. It was a beautiful day- so we parked a bit away and walked to the theater. Our seats were amazing- thanks to the friend we bought the tickets from (she and her hubby purchased them to get the best seats without the other knowing!) and right on the end! …and Addie didn’t ask for anything at the souvenir stand, but we bought her a huge Elmo and Cookie Monster mylar balloon anyway- which is deflated and tucked away in her memory box!
Then… as all children get, we had a second party. (Just kidding… Addie is spoiled by having family in more than one state!) We head down to Delaware to Addie’s geneticist around her birthday each year, so my parents always have a little something for her at that time, as they live just 80 miles north. This year, I was blessed to have a friend who had a ton of Elmo decoration on hand that she wasn’t using! I was thrilled, and as soon as we got to my parents’ house I began pulling things out and hanging them all over the “great room”.
I love that we have simple, but fun parties for our girl, and that she got to celebrate with Elmo! When I asked if that’s what she wanted, she was so excited I thought she would melt! Of all the good things we get in life, experiences are the ones we remember. I know she won’t remember it all, but as her parents, we remember most- and I will always cherish seeing her face light up- even if it’s because of a dehydrated person dressed in an Elmo suit and not her doting mother.
Addie’s first birthday was Chicka Chicka Boom Boom! What are your birthday party themes? For three, I’m thinking tea party! …we shall see what Adelaide thinks of my idea.