It’s been such a busy and hectic weekend I’ve not had chance to sit and collect my thoughts on what has been a lovely 2nd birthday for Joel.
After our visit to Hoo farm and the creating of his giant birthday cake, the next challenge was his birthday party. It was a joint party with his friend Trudy from nursery and we decided to invite the toddlers they play with at nursery, and the creche age children from Church. We hadn’t got a great list, and I’d counted up16 which turned out to be a bit under, as we had about 22 on the day!! And Joel’s cousins came along for the fun as well.
Anyway, before that bit we had to wake Joel up as he was asleep till gone 8am!! Which is typical as I’d woken up at 6.15 and decided to get the required shopping done and I was there for 6.30 getting sausages for hotdogs!!
Joel liked his wheelbarrow and garden set, it’ll be useful when he’s put to work in the garden at our new house!!
He had these cool George pig pyjamas which he loved,
And although Steve wondered why I’d got him a pink buggy, Joel loves pushing it around, although the doll was thrown to the ground quickly!!
Joel is good at presents now, he knows what to do with them!! We hadn’t got him much really, just a couple of things to open, we’re going to get him outdoor things once we’ve moved, as are his grandparents, (both sets!!)
Peppa Pig books!! What was nice, was that everything he opened, he wanted to see and play with straight away….
This was just a Peppa Pig set from Ebay, and is probably a bit old for him, but he’ll grow into it.
The birthday boy had birthday pancakes and strawberries for breakfast….
Then it was time to get dressed and walk the dog in the beautiful sunshine outside!!
The buggy had to come too, although it was carried most of the way by Daddy…
Joel loves doing the steps on his own now, and not having to crawl about in the dust!!
And once we got home, Granny and Grandpa arrived with more presents from Devon!! We had oatcakes for lunch with cheese and bacon, before naptime, and then it was off to the hall for party time…
We hired the church playgroup hall, and used their toys, all very simple…
We so so lucky with the weather as it meant that the garden could be used, even a plane went overhead, just for Joel!! He loves planes!
One of the church members has a bouncy castle there, so we were allowed to borrow that. It was lovely to have it just for toddlers and safe and not too boisterous! Some liked it, and some didn’t!
Joel was very pleased his big boy cousins came to his party, and they were really good with the toddlers blowing them bubbles to play with.
A bit out of order, but here’s Steve’s cake blowing out pictures….
The inside of my rainbow cake! It worked!!
Joel, my parents and me!
My sisters, nephews, niece but no Joel!
The outside play area at church…
The indoor playing….
The tea was great! We just cooked hotdogs which everyone ate with ketchup, and had a big platter of salad bits, tomatos, cucumber, celery and it went down really well.
Pudding was a peppa pig cake each, and then we had a big fruit platter with strawberries, grapes and melon. And squash to drink, with teas and coffees for grown ups. After all that I didn’t want to bother cooking dinner at home, or even wash anything up, so we went with Steve’s parents out for dinner at the Brewers Fayre pub.
In that he’d just eaten a hotdog, salad, cakes and other goodies, he picked off our plates,
And then it was time for more presents once back home…
It was a lovely end to a great day!!