Well...I have officially been given the sign from the man upstairs to not have anymore outdoor birthday parties. It has rained on Hunty's birthday party every single year! And being September I always plan them outside because the weather is usually pretty nice. But for his 1st, 2nd and now 3rd birthday parties it has rained. He and Bops had a joint birthday party this year (I was not about to do 2 bday parties within 2 weeks again!!!!) and other than the rain it was great!
The Invitation (sorry...we have GOT to bite the bullet and get a new camera)
When we got to the church to set up it was not raining (so thankful!!!) but it was so windy that is was so hard trying to put the balloons up and down the fence. We had to end up putting water bottles on top of the plates and napkins on the table to keep them from blowing away and couldn't even set out silverware and decorations becasue it would just fly off. Unbelievably Jeffrey and Laura had some packing tape in their car that we were able to use to tape down the tablecloths. That was luck:)
Once we got all set up and our first friends started arriving we had to get the sleepyheads out of the car. They fell asleep on the way to their own birthday party!
Sleepy head Bops getting out of the car
Sleepyhead Hunty was even harder to wake up...
Friends beginning to arrive
A 60 foot ladder truck came in with the horns and sirens and surprised all the little kiddos. It was so fun and cute!
Drakey and Drew still frozen after the fire truck arrived
Right after the fire truck arrived all the chidren were somewhat frozen since it was a surprise and it was so big! This was our first quick picture in front of the truck and the boys were still a little overwhelmed and sleepy.
Da taking Hunty to get a closer look of the firetruck...he was still so sleepy!
The great firemen handing out hats for all the kiddos
Even little Mary had hre fire hat on!
Getting climb all over the firetruck...fun for the adults too!:)
Hunty and his buddy Jack making fire engine noises on top of the truck
Getting to try on the fire gear. The boys did not want to put anything on, so the adults took over. They laid out so many things and made it so fun for everyone. I couldn't believe how much they let the kiddos do, try on and climb on.
Some of our best friends and their little boy Dillon came in town for the weekend and got to celebrate the boys birthday party with us. Jeffery, Laura and Dillon.
Sweet little Drew was a good sport too. He is one of Hunty's best friends in the world and his mommy is one of mine!
Even Mimi was a sport and tried some on! Go Mimi!
One of the firemen was showing the boys how things worked on their fire gear
Birthday Boy Drakey with his sucker on the see-saw
Birthday Boy Hunty with his sucker on the see-saw too
Drakey getting his turn on the steering wheel and loving every second of it!
The fire engine cupcake birthday cake (I have found this to be the best way to go at kids birthday parties so that you do not have to cut anything. You just grab a cupcake, put it on a plate and it goes really fast! Key for the little ones)
I was actually more than happy with the outcome of the weather compared to the forecast we were given. We got a good hour in before it started to downpour. Once it started raining, instead of singing happy birthday at the tables like we had planned, we all gathered under trees or umbrellas next to the birthday cake and sang happy birthday really really fast so that people could go home and get out of the rain.
Singing under umbrellas
The firefighters had more planned for the kiddos, like raising the 60 foot ladder and climbing on the roof (the firemen, not the kiddos) but with the rain it kind of put a stop to all that. HOWEVER, those brave and kind soles that stuck out the little rain shower got to stay and take a ride on top of the fire engine which was sooooo cool! I couldn't believe they let us do it!
The 2 Firemen could NOT have been nicer...they were so fun, gracious and kind to all the kiddos! They handed out hats to all the children and gave the birthday boys a present even! This was what was inside each gift bag for Hunter and Drake:
Hard Fire hatt, a bag of mini firemen, a red fireman bracelet and a fireman playset. The boys are having a blast with it all still.
Though things don't alwyas go as planned, it always makes the ride much more exciting!