We threw the boys a huge birthday party for the both of them this past Saturday.
I started planning this party back at the beginning of April.
We decide last year that we would combine their parties into one big party,
instead of two separate parties only three weeks apart.
Turns out, it was a success.
We also made the decision last year to sell the smaller water slide
we had purchased for them (that had served us well for the past
three years of birthday parties) to be able to put forth
money to rent a much bigger slide this year for them & all of their friends.
The slide was a huge hit.
It wasn't only a water slide, but also a fun obstacle course.
I planned the party to be from 3-7, but was more than happy when
a few guests decided to stay a little later to continue to play with my boys.
They were all having so much fun on the slide, who was I to ruin that? ;)
The same slide, different angle, set up in our backyard.
It was a delightful day.
My boys had the best time.
The grownups that attended had a wonderful time, too.
Some even stayed until well after midnight playing corn hole.
We stayed up way past our usual bedtime, and it was well worth it.
I didn't get to take many pictures because I was most
definitely enjoying the party & the company.
Us adults were able to enjoy uninterrupted conversation
all afternoon since the children were having so much fun themselves.
The food was ready whenever the kids were hungry & they
were allowed to eat whenever they wanted to.
Greyson, Zakari, & Gentry
I managed to get this picture before Grey had to leave.
These three have been best friends since they were in the toddler room at GCA.
I hope their friendship flourishes throughout the years & they always remain buddies.
Jubal, Garrett, Colton, Dalton, & Brady
I did not set a certain time for any activities this year.
We prepared the food ahead of time, got it set up on the table (covered, of course),
had all the drinks they could possibly want in two different coolers,
and the only time we interrupted them was when we called them
for cake & ice cream.
Jubal picked a Minecraft cake.
Gentry picked Teen Titans for his cake.
There was not one slice of either 1/4 sheet cake left!
Once again, Lynne outdone herself with her delicious cake baking skills.
This year I picked almond flavored cake with her signature icing.
I served it with cups of ice cream this year instead of scoops & what a difference it made.
I never realized how much easier & less messy it was.
The boys got lots of great gifts, but I do think they enjoyed getting money the most.
Each racked up with cash & we took them to spend it however they wanted.
That was a big deal to them.
So many new fidget spinners. ;)
Colton, Garrett, Brady, Dalton, Gwen, & Olivia
(Ian & Kenneth couldn't make it)
Greyson, Zakari, Remy, Hadley, ClaraJane, LilyAnna, & Will
We also had Gabriel (their cousin), Aunt Heather, Shawnya, Tori, Bailey, Tiffany, Justin,
Lexi, Sean, Cooper, Erin, Jennifer, Tammy, Keira, Shelby, Gage, Jeremy, & Nikki.
What an awesome day we had with lots of family & friends!!!