Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Birthday Weekend - Final Episode - BIRTHDAY!

Now that we are about a month past Parker's birthday, I need to wrap it up and post these final pictures. It's almost April - whew!

Since said birthday, we've taken many a picture of various sorts to share with you, but one event at a time. I've finally made peace (with help from my sweet husband) that I just can't blog as much as I want to or about everything I want to.  So, I will do what I can, when I can.

Without further ado, Parker's actual BIRTHDAY! (cue the trumpets, streamers, balloons and confetti poppers).

Parker's birthday fell on a Monday so John took the day off so we could spend the day as a family. We had big plans to take Parker to the aquarium (inside the Grapevine Mills mall) and to the Rainforest Cafe for lunch.  There's also a train and a few things to ride at the mall that we knew Parker would want to do.

Well, what do you know...an ice/snow storm decided to head our way on Birthday Eve!  It got pretty bad through the night and by the morning it was really icy and school was cancelled.  What a bummer!

I had a little pity party (and yes shed a few tears) because the special day we planned for Parker wasn't going to happen.  But, I forced myself to get over it so we could shift to Plan B (which didn't exist, but was quickly developed) so that Parker could still have a special birthday even though it would all be spent indoors and not doing all of the activities we planned.

John went ahead and worked but enjoyed the birthday fun as well. Parker and I declared it a pajama day since we would be staying indoors all day.

What better way to start the day that with pancakes?  


We decided to spread the opening of his cards and gifts out over the course of the day.  After breakfast he opened a package from Uncle Jason, Jacob and Isaac they sent from Missouri - Gator Golf.
We then told Parker he could pick a couple of his favorite TV shows to watch so he and I snuggled on the couch in our pjs and enjoyed his cartoon friends.

Then it was time for silliness and playtime. Parker's absolute favorite thing to play with right now is his states magnets and puzzles - who knew?  About two months ago he started showing an interest in the United States map and now knows all 50 states and where they are - amazing!  This is nothing we forced him to do...he just starting asking questions and wanted to play with it constantly. Our little geography buff!   



We ate lunch and then decided to cut into his cake that I made on Sunday afternoon.  First pancakes then cake?  This day just gets better and better.


After lunch and cake, Parker took a nap and I worked on a few things around the house.  When he woke up, I made popcorn and John took Parker into his office to watch a few You Tube videos that he loves.
A few more cards and gifts before dinner...




Since we had planned to eat at the Rainforest Cafe for lunch, we were just going to eat our leftovers for supper, but that didn't happen.  Parker's favorite food is pizza and luckily I had all of the ingredients for a homemade pizza - even a homemade crust so I whipped that up for dinner. Mmm Mmm Good!

Every year we try to get a family picture on Parker's birthday.  This year, it was a pajama picture - it will be a memory of being warm inside with it snowy and icy outside on that day.
We ended the night with the presents from us! His big present (from us and the grandparents) was a small swing set.  With Spring now upon us, we need to get it put together so he can start enjoying it.









Even though the day didn't go as we had planned, it turned out to be a pretty special and fun day. Funny how that works! Fast forward...we re-scheduled all of our birthday activities and were able to go last week so everything turned out well in the end.

We still can't believe our little 7 pound baby boy is three years old.  We are anxious to see what this year will hold for him.

Until we meet again...
Riley

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