Today we had Aidan's birthday party with his friends from school. Although his birthday isn't for a few more days, we wanted to make sure that Brendan was here to celebrate with us. We had his party at a local place called "Jump Zone". It's just a huge room filled with HUGE inflatable jumpy castles. The kids had a great time and were exhausted by the end!
Planning for this party was really minimal - just send out the invitations, get RSVP's and show up with the cake. Sounds easy enough, right?? We invited all of the kids in Aidan's class - 23 kids in all. I got 2 - yup 2!!! - RSVP's. The school won't give out any information or class lists. That means that there is no way to call around and check to see if people are coming or not. I managed to find out one more kid that was coming because I waited outside Aidan's dismissal door and stalked the moms of the kids in his class. It ended up that the 3 kids that came also had brothers and sisters that I then invited. We had to pay upfront for the party and I wanted to get my money's worth - plus it was a whole lot more fun to sing happy birthday with 11 kids instead of 4!
At dinner Aidan said "We invited the whole class and only 3 people came." He refused to discuss it any further but at bedtime I asked him how that made him feel. He looked at me for a second and said, "You know, all the people I really wanted to be there came. Joseph, Madison, Riley and his brother Eric - yeah I really wanted Eric to be there. Emmy and Aoife too. That's all I really wanted." Wise beyond his years...
Opening presents - it didn't take long :) Emmy is hiding behind Aidan.Going up the down:
Aoife in the little kids bouncy castle:
Aoife playing in the toddler area:
Coming out through the tunnel:
Aoife made it through!Those are Aidan's feet climbing up high - he moved so fast the entire time I couldn't get a good picture!!
Singing Happy Birthday:
Tron Legacy cake:Party favors - I made 24 just in case all the people who didn't RSVP actually showed up. Thank goodness I didn't buy stuff for goody bags!!