Update: I took the video out because it was really slowing the scrolling down on the blog for me!
Reid was greeted on his birthday morning by Matt and I walking into his room holding a butterfly balloon. Matt had gone the night before to the store to find this because I told him how whenever Reid saw these big butterfly balloons in the grocery stores he wanted them so badly! Of course, the only color Matt could find was pink, so you can imagine how thrilled he was to buy that for his little boy! However, I told Matt to be comforted by the fact that when Reid played with the balloon, it was all boy. No cuddling, simply knocking the balloon down. :) Here's a video of us greeting him...there's an awkward moment on the video when I say, "Reid", huge pause because I was about to say, want to go get some donuts? but then thought twice because once he heard that he would be ready to go then and we still had to go get ready so I improvised by saying, "happy birthday!"
After we all 3 were ready, Matt and I took Reid to eat probably one of his most favorite foods at the moment: donuts! Personally, I like the donuts at this little place in Allen called Max's Donuts, but we thought Reid would like the Krispy Kreme atmosphere. He LOVED it! He ate 2 whole donuts - the sugar effect lasted the whole day, he was wound up!!
Reid loves climbing up this ladder!
Reid and Porter saying good-bye by giving high-fives
Having an important "man to man" conversation...
Both showing me some dirt treasures
That evening Matt went out with some college friends and not wanting to be alone on a Friday night, I met up with Cara and Landon, Annie and Sutton, and Katie and Cole for some Willow Bend fun. We met at the play area and normally this is the perfect time for me to sit and talk with my friends! However, wouldn't you know it, today was the day Reid discovered the little electronic cars just outside of the play area so my time was spent supervising him! Luckily he was perfectly happy playing in the car without me having to actually put coins in the slot and turn it on. After playing we all headed over to a nice, relaxing dinner at California Pizza Kitchen, or so we hoped it would be!!! Our little munchkins decided to put on a little performance and provide some natural birth control for the other patrons! I think my blood pressure shot up because of the stressful situation. I do have to say though, Sutton was the perfect little angel, just sitting in his high chair and enjoying his meal....oh I wish Reid had emulated his behavior! Oh well, that's what being a mommy is about, right? Those moments that are "growth experiences..."
Landon and Reid
Reid's birthday party was the following day at Little Gym in McKinney, and I would totally recommend this place!!!! They did such a great job with the little ones and did everything - set up, served the pizza and cake, and cleaned up. We loved getting to celebrate Reid's birthday with our friends and missed our friends who either live out of town (Lohrdings), or couldn't be there for some reason! I think all the kids had a great time and it was perfect because they were all around the same age so nobody got hurt and the activities were geared towards a younger age.
Some of the structured play times
Loved the parachute!
Luckily Sutton was there to make sure the equipment wasn't faulty! The knobs are working fine!
Sweet Chapman, love that hair!
The basketball goal is always a hit!
A new way to cross beams?
Jumping with his buddy, Quinn
Daddy providing a "spot"
I love this picture because check out Miss Madeline's expression - it's like, "nice try boys, but I'm not impressed"
Reid just was going the whole time!
Sutton and Madeline
I think this bounce thing was the hit of the evening! The kids loved it! Then, they added bubbles and the kids were just going crazy!!!
Precious Landon loved the bubbles!
Reid and Wyatt checking out something
Maggie, Porter, and Madeline stayed on as long as they could! They're deflating the bounce thing and these three just sat so still and patiently! Maybe they were secretly hoping they could bounce some more. :)
Thirsty boy after all that playing!
The Thomas the Train birthday cake
The kiddie tables - I absolutely love seeing little ones sitting like big kids!
Yum! Enjoying some Capri Sun and pizza!
I had to hold Reid back when the cake was brought out because he was trying to bite into the whole cake! I was surprised because it was so un-Reid!
This is what he was trying to do, so I let him do it with his slice. :)
After the party, the family came back to our house and Reid opened his gifts. He got some really fun things and he's been enjoying playing with some new toys! Thanks everyone for making this a super special birthday for Reid and us!!