Well, my little man turned three. Time sure does fly when you’re having fun!
I wanted to bring treats for his school on Friday but I didn’t want to do cupcakes. I found a recipe for a cake batter dip so I added sprinkles and packaged it with animal crackers. It was super yummy!
Public service announcement: It’s probably not a good idea to come to your toddlers’ school in the middle of the day unless you plan to take him home with you. It didn’t exactly go as planned. I had to sneak out without telling him bye because he wouldn’t stop crying. Actually, it was pretty terrible. Before anyone judges, I still had a lot to do to get ready for his party. It’s not like I left him so I could go relax on the couch at home. His teacher texted me as soon as I left and said he was fine and playing with his friends.
Saturday was his party. I wanted to do a lot more but we decided to do it pretty simple this year. Aiden is currently obsessed with PAW Patrol so that was the theme.
We just did Little Caesar’s pizza ( won’t do that again) and a few snacks. The dog bowls held puppy chow (chex mix), fetch sticks (pretzels), pupcorn (duh), and dog treats(gingerbread cookies shaped like dog bones).
Apparently, Publix doesn’t have the copyrights for PAW Patrol so in order to get a cake, I ordered a really plain one and add an edible picture myself that I ordered from Etsy. The edible picture was about fifteen dollars with shipping and the cake was twenty three dollars, so almost fourty dollars total. Was it worth it? I’m not sure. In retrospect, I should of gotten a cake from Publix and put his PAW Patrol toys on top. Except for the fact that they spend most of their time in his sandbox, it would of been cheaper.
Aiden got lots of really cool presents. Some PAW Patrol, some Hot Wheels, and some really cool clothes. He actually really likes clothes so he was pretty excited about them.
That one was really cool. It’s a water sprayer you wear on your back, like Marshall from PAW Patrol. He sort of looks like a really cute exterminator when he uses it.
These are the “goodies” for the kids to take home. They are PAW Patrol cups filled with candy, a flute, a crazy straw, water guns, and temporary tattoos. The masks were a little creepy but the kids loved them.
As for the lollipops, It just so happened that the invitations we used came with round PAW Patrol stickers. I found a few bags of suckers that were half off and added the stickers. I put them in a clay pot with a foam insert and added “grass”. Pretty cute if I do say so myself.
We spent most of the time in the pool, naturally. He fell asleep at 5pm and didn’t wake up until the next day!
Sunday was his actual birthday so I wanted to do something special for his breakfast. I tried to make cinnamon buns in the shape of a 3 but it didn’t quite work out. I guess you could call it a Pinterest fail.
I had to improvise quick so I just put one of the cinnamon buns on its own plate and topped it with sprinkles and a candle. Brian and I sang him “Happy birthday to you, you live in a zoo, you smell like a monkey, and you look like one too!” He loved it.
We got Aiden a bike. It was a “big boy” toddler bike in his favorite color, green! We were really excited to give it to him but Aiden, not so much. He said, ” I don’t like it. I like my balance bike”. For those that don’t know, a balance bike is just like a regular bike but without pedals or brakes. You make it go by pushing off of the ground (like walking the bike). Once you are able to “run” the bike, pick up your feet, and glide with good balance, you are suppose to transition to a regular bike. The beauty of this is it is suppose to eliminate training wheels. Eventhough Aiden has gotten very good at his balance bike, I guess he’s just not ready for the bigger one. So, we took it back to ToysRUs and let him pick out something else.
He tried everything on and played with all of the toys but the only things he wanted was a Spiderman hat and a Jake and the Neverland Pirates game. We sort of made out on this deal.
Someone was a little confused as to who’s birthday it was. Aiden’s lunch of choice was, of course, Tijuana Flats. Now we are sitting on the couch with full bellies, watching Boxtrolls (cute movie), and listening to daddy snore.
Side Note: If your kid watches Nick Jr. they offer something really cool for birthdays. You can go to http://www.nickjr.com/birthday-club/ and sign your kids up for a birthday phone call from their favorite cartoon character. They offer Dora, Peter Rabbit, PAW Patrol, Bubble Guppies, and Blaze. You put in their name, birthday, and how old they are turning and the characters call to wish them a happy birthday. Today, Aiden got a call from the PAW Patrol saying things like “Ryder told us it was your birthday, Aiden! I can’t believe you turned three!” It was pretty cool and he loved it.