This is over a week late, but here’s some pictures from Joshua’s birthday party.
I kept it simple. One thing I’ve learned from having 4 children is that simple is almost always better. That’s not to say it’s not fun to go crazy sometimes, but for cases like a 2 year old’s birthday, simple is definitely better. At least for me & my kids. I’ve tried the whole huge birthday party with decorations and tons of food and presents and the works. The result? I get really stressed out and the kids scream and throw a fit and don’t appreciate it anyways! Plus it costs a ton more money! So simple is my buzzword here! I’m glad we did because Joshua was in a mood that day and wasn’t cooperating. I don’t think I got one picture of him smiling at the camera! But such is the life of a 2 year old, right?
So without further ado…
Here’s our little guy waiting for his birthday cake:
“Happy Birthday” is Joshua’s favorite song and he will burst out singing anytime he hears it. He was especially pleased that we were singing it to him. Of course, he had to sing along too:
It’s a Thomas the Tank Engine cake! It took him a minute to realize it was Thomas, but once he did, he was very excited and announced “Ohhh – CHOO-CHOO!” (Yes, that’s me next to him.)
Okay, so now what, Mom?
Nathan helped blow out the candles:
He knew what to do then!
Luke with Grandpa – Luke wanted cake too. (Of course he didn’t get any.)
Luke, watching Daddy bring in presents:
Joshua quickly remembered how to unwrap gifts – he figured that out at Christmas:
He loves puzzles. I probably could have gotten away with just getting him puzzles and he would have been thrilled.
Daddy was his go-to person to help with hard-to-open packages – I would ask if he wanted Mommy to help and Joshua would say “NO! Daddy!”:
Luke was fascinated with Grandpa’s dog, Nicholas:
Joshua’s other favorite presents were his Tonka Chuck cars:
See? No smile for Mom! He was very happy, but would not smile for the camera.
We can’t drive properly without our sippy cup, of course!