Tommy's birthday party at the Little Gym was a big success. I must admit, I have now totally embraced the idea of paying someplace to do the party for you. I was quite disappointed that Tommy didn't want his party at home, but I'm glad I let him convince me to do a Little Gym party. It was so much fun for the kids and super easy for me.
We spent Charlie's naptime yesterday decorating his cake. It turned out well, don't you think? The letters in the middle spell Tommy, and all his favorite Lego characters are around the edges. There was a big discussion among the 4-5 year olds while they were eating about the Legos on the cake. Are they toys? Some said yes, some said no. Tommy kept shouting "They're Legos!" when the argument got too heated. I'm not quite sure what it was all about, but it was a furious debate. I'm getting ahead of myself though. The pizza, cake and present opening didn't happen until after all the play time in the gym.
As you can see, Tommy has lots of friends. There were 18 kids there, including Tommy and Charlie. I made a big deal in the invitation about the party being designed for preschoolers and there not being space for much older or much younger siblings. Because of this, most of the brothers and sisters who are toddlers or much older stayed home. That worked out well, because we were able to include all the siblings who did show up. I hate to exclude anyone, but 18 was probably about the maximum we could handle. Of the 18 kids, there were really only 2 or 3 that Tommy didn't know very well. His take on the whole sibling issue (which I'll admit I thought about way too much) was "I made new friends at my birthday party!"
I didn't get very good pictures, and I'm not sure why. My camera is capable of taking very good pictures of swiftly moving targets, but I'm not very skilled at those sorts of pictures yet. I have to take 20 pictures to get one good one. I think I just didn't take enough. I was tempted by the lovely conversations with grown ups on the side lines. Oh well. I guess I'll have to use actual WORDS to describe the party instead of just images.
Um. There's not actually much to say. They played. They had fun. Nobody got badly hurt or upset. There were many red cheeks and out of breath kids at the end. They had some free play first, then a circle time where they did introductions and pretended to make a birthday cake for Tommy. I was impressed by how well Charlie participated. They had a warm up with a superhero theme using the foam noodles. Next, they did a relay race using Legos. They each had to put four Legos together and then run the course before tagging the next kid. Then they hid their small Lego structures around the room and counted while the teachers hunted for them. Finally, they blew up the jumpy air track and bounced their little hearts out.
One of the best parts of the party was this conversation I overheard.
Noah: Happy birthday Tommy. I love you.
Tommy: I love you too Noah.
Aw, they're so cute.