Vivian's birthday fell on a Sunday, so we didn't have to plan around work/daycare or anything like that. We had rented the main room at Sunnyhill for the afternoon. In the morning, Will and the girls went to church (where the whole congregation sang Happy Birthday for Vivian), while I made the last few arrangements for the party in the afternoon.
We opened presents when they got home from church, then Annelee and Vivian napped, I went to the church to get the room ready, and Will followed with the girls in time for the party to begin.
Vivian keeps asking for an outdoor pool party for her birthday, but unless global warming kicks into high gear very quickly (I hope not!), that is not going to happen. Having said that, she got such fabulous weather on her birthday, that we had cake and games outside in the playground and only moved indoors for pizza and then a little bit more play while we were waiting for the parents to pick up the kids again.
Most of Vivian's friends from preschool came without their parents (Gregory, Mackenzie, Nina, Gwennavere, Kathryn), the "old" pre-preschool friends came with parents and siblings (Rowan, Owen, Corwin, Jesse).
After the party, we went home, and Rowan and Joel came over so that Rowan and Annelee could help Vivian unwrap her gifts from the party.
All in all, it was a success.
Will and I were in bed before 10pm that night. Kid's birthday parties are hard work! :)
|Annelee closely supervises the gift-unwrapping|
|Vivian with her new bike. We had to exchange it for another one (this one was a little too big), but she's been practicing lots since she got it|
|Showing off the pearl bead craft from Marion, Sebastian, Tobias & Fabian|
|Probably Vivian's favorite ... Barbie horse and carriage from Omi|
|Posing in front of the birthday decoration|
Everyone singing happy birthday (or at least the end of it, since I had technical difficulties with my camera). Click here if you cannot see the video below.
|Birthday cake outside! Angie always poses like this in photos :)|
|Corwin in the police car|
|Owen is probably communicating with Corwin|
|Vivian and Nina busy moving leaves around. That made for lots of entertainment|
|The games were (barely organized) chaos. Turns out, the kids like the concept of games more than the actual games. This is the egg on a spoon race (but with bouncy balls)|
|The balloon relay race|
|Annelee and Jamie|
|The large quantities of balloons (which I had to manually blow up because my pump waswn't compatible with the balloons) was probably the biggest hit of the party|
|More balloons - Jesse, Vivian, Kathryn, Rowan|
|Jesse, Nina, Vivian|
|Pizza time. Corwin and Kyra had to leave early, other than that, everyone's in the photo|
Last, but not least, here's a video from the end of the party. Click here if you can't see it below.