Welcome to the Circus.
By circus, I mean my son and daughter’s double circus birthday party. We thought this year we would have a joint celebration near fourth of July while all the extend family was up visiting too. It was perfect timing half way between their two birthdays. Unlike last year, it was just for B as we were in the UK for MM’s birthday and this time Daddy was here for it too. I really wanted a casual but fun party for everyone to enjoy as the kids have a variety of aged cousins. I spent less time setting up and taking photos than I did last year because well, I wanted to sit back and enjoy it more. So here are a few snapshots that my mom, sister in law, or I snapped during the day to share with you all.
Now to the party…
There were circus animals, corndogs, cotton candy, balloons, games, windmill cupcakes, and even a popcorn machine that filled the air with amazing buttery popcorn aromas. While it doesn’t sound like the healthiest party, I wanted it to be things you get at the circus. My kids have never had a corndog before so it was a special treat. We had bucks of circus animal crackers everywhere which were my absolutely favorite thing to nibble when I was growing up. Don’t worry we had delicious mouth watering watermelon and fruit salads for afternoon snacks.
As far as decorating go, I went with a simple white and red stripes from the circus tents around the tables and a few colorful bunting but kept it simple as it’s SO windy where my parents live most of the time. The balloons struggled a little bit towards the end. That’s the thing about planning a party you could do amazing decorations outdoors but always plan for the weather: be it rain or wind or both.
I think B is now officially a popcorn fanatic. It’s save to say he could care less about cotton candy or punch or even the cupcakes and candy on the table. He only had eyes for the popcorn maker and Grandma caught him scooping it straight into his mouth. There really was no stopping him. The amount of popcorn he consumed, I dare to think about that day.
It was amazing to have all our cousins and their kids there to join in the fun. I asked everyone to not buy presents, of course, they didn’t listen. The kids were truly spoiled with new toys, games, dolls, treats, cars, outdoor bubble machines and more. I will have to have a stock here at my parents house for our summer visits. I was overwhelmed at the love they all showed my two and how much this year my kids really bonded with their older cousins. I think after this summer they will start to remember them more and more. I get so excited about that. Their older cousins just adore them and the eldest even asks when can she babysit for me someday… so cute.
B has always hated cake no matter how I bake it. It’s not just mine, but any egg-less cake he has ever ate he spits it out but boy does he go for the frosting, just like his momma. While MM took forever licking and nibbling her cake, B had the frosting off and the cake in the trash in seconds.
The games begin…
We had egg races with the cousins, and sack races that even the adults got in on. At one point, I think the adults took over. I would like to highlight and shout out, I beat Mr P when we went head to head. The kids thought we had all lost the plot. I love how much fun the kids all had having a friendly family competing session. There were prizes for all the winners and we celebrated with a bubble machine party, swimming and the kids taking turns driving each other up and down the driveway in B’s new electric police car, my parents got him. MM is still not sure about the car so she stays clear of it.
Each year, we use my kids birthday as an excuse to get us all together. I love these family photos taken from my parents deck. I think we have taken it in this very spot for the past five years and I hope it’s a long tradition we keep. This isn’t even half of my immediate family and the rest were there in spirit with us.
To mark the end of another year with both my kids, I take a moment in the evening when the sun is setting behind the mountains and reflect on how grateful I am for my loving family and friends and how blessed I am that I get to spend my summers here with them. I grab the kids balloons and I let them go over the river each year to mark another year for my beautiful children and hope this next year for them will be just as adventurous, fun, loving, and full of laughter for them until we are here again to celebrate their birthdays.