|The kids wearing their new matching capes and |
masks and P in his new PJs.
The Bounce House and Madelyn LOVED it. I wasn't really sure how much she'd even be able to do there since she's still pretty little and a lot of the inflatable slides and bouncy...things...are pretty high and not so easy to climb. But, as usual, Maddy was determined to conquer the place and had no trouble getting around. I took the kids there by myself the first time they went and just told Angie about how much they enjoyed it. The first time we both went though, Angie saw how happy Maddy was and said "You know what, she's had kind of a tough year and deserves a really fun party. Let's have it here." And so it was decided that Maddy's second birthday party would be very bouncy.
Needless to say, the kids had a blast. It was really fun to watch them all get to just run around and go nuts. They ran, they climbed, they slid, they jumped, they fell, they cracked heads, then they ate, went home and passed out (at least, that's what ours did when they got home). Selfishly, the other thing Ang and I liked about it was that we didn't have to do as much to prepare and there was almost no clean up :)
The only weird thing for us was that there wasn't enough time to have Madelyn open her presents while everyone was there so we had to take them home to do it. The good thing about it was that we got to space out the present opening so she could really enjoy them all. We opened a few when she got up from nap, a few that night, some the next morning. (Poor Patrick.Thank you to both sets of grandparents though for getting Patrick a gift to open too! It made the several rounds of Maddy gifts so much better for him.) But of course, we were kinda sad the family and friends didn't get to actually SEE her open the gifts. Just know that she seriously fell in love with every single gift. She wanted to wear every outfit the second it was open, play with every toy and read every book.
And here's a slideshow of pictures starting with the day of her birthday at home and going through the party. Click here to go right to the gallery.