Monday, April 23, 2012

Party Time! Happy Kids...Tired Moms!!

What a fun/busy/exhausting weekend we had!! We had our little kids party on Sunday we had around 70 people come. There were so many kids and we had lots of games and food so everyone seemed to have a good time. I know Olivia had a blast. I do have to say that I am glad the party finally arrived because everyday Olivia had 100 questions she needed to ask about it! Seeing the smile on her face yesterday though made it all worth it!

I have some pictures to share and I hope to have more later since I had my hands full I didn't get as many pictures as I would have liked but there were plenty of parents with cameras so I am sure I will have more to share later. I will give a description of the party since I know the pictures won't be able to show everything.

The party was held in our backyard (The Leonard's) and the backyard of our neighbors (The Werts) who are also our long time friends. The party was a joint effort and there was a lot of work done in preparation for the party.  The husbands think that us wives planned this in order to get their long overdue "Honey-Do List" done. As to whether this is true or not, I have no comment ;).

So once the raking, burning, mowing, power washing, planting, cleaning, fixing, building was complete we had some pretty good looking backyards (thank you to the dads for all your hard work).
Next the cooking and food preparation had to be done. All the families who came brought hot dogs with them for us to grill so we prepared lots of fun treats for the kids (we had a rainbow theme).
Here is the list:
Cake Batter Dip
Rainbow Pudding
All colored sugar cookies
Rainbow Cupcakes
Colorful candy all sorted by color
Colored Ice for the kids drinks
Colorful Fruit sorted by colors in little cups

We had several families bring fun outdoor things for the kids to play on so with what we already had in our backyards and with what the families brought our backyards looked like every kids dream!!!
We had:
Big Trampoline 
Small Trampoline
Tire Swing
Climbing Tower
Ourdoor Bowling Pens
Basketball (for little kids and one for the dads which was a big hit)
Plastic Water Bag (it was a huge bag of water that the kids could play on it was fun for them to stand on and since it wasn't hot enough for water games this worked out well because they wouldn't get wet)

Then we also had games planned:
Musical Hula-Hoops (easier for the little kids to play instead of chairs when the music stops they all jump into the hoops and after each turn one hoop is removed)
Relay Race (this was hysterical, the little kids were not old enough yet to really understand how to follow the rules so it was so funny to watch. When it first started we told them only the first two kids in line would go and then when they were finished the next kids in line would then have their turn. Well they didn't understand that because as soon as we said go all the kids took off like cattle!!)
Scavenger Hunt (at the end the final clue led them all to some really cool goodie bags that had been made for them)

It went great and I know the kids had fun and I can say one thing for sure...I'm EXHAUSTED!
These things take a lot of preparation and they are a lot of work but when I decided to be a parent I told myself I was going to do the very best job that I could. I want my girls to make lots of happy memories. It seems like kids are only small for just a few seconds in life and I want everyone of those seconds to count.

Thank you Josh for working so hard on this to make it safe for the kids!

It's not a party without candy filled balloons!

The yummy colorful treats!

Baby Kiley with her uncles and her G-Pa

Olivia eating with her cousin and friends

The kids were enjoying the little tables set up just for them
The water bag!

1 comment:

  1. I so hated to miss this party! Boo Hoo
    From the pure joy on all the kid's faces, it was a huge success.