we decided a few months ago that we weren't going to do a big party this year for Hayes. every time i started thinking about planning a party for him, it stopped being about him.
it was making huge guest lists so no one would feel left out, it was party favors, games,
on and on. so not Hayes at all.
at two years old the last thing Hayes wants to do is be ushered through a line-up of games and activities. the last thing he wants to do have 20 kids in his face while he opens presents. he's just a mellow, quiet, intimate little guy.
anyway, i was determined to keep his birthday about him, and we did just that. Hayes woke up to waffles and a basketball hoop and we gave him a present every couple hours all day. after we had a quiet morning together,
we headed to the park for a beautiful 60! degree play date with his friends
(more on that later.)
after the park, Hayes hit the sack until the evening, all the while Russ blew up balloons with his air compressor (45 balloons in 5 minutes!) and i got some work done.
after naptime we went to his favorite, favorite 5 Guys Burgers and Fries, where he ate his own patty, a giant fistful of fries and all my pickles... all dipped in fry sauce, of course.
when we got home my family was waiting for us to sing to Hayes!
after i took the cake away to cut him a piece. there's always one birthday meltdown, right? i know i have one every year to this day.
Avery trying to console him...
we did bubbles:
drew our best renditions of Hayesie... where i finally saw my dad draw something for the first time in my life! (seriously, never even seen a doodle.) i am kicking myself because all the drawings except one got thrown away!! that's what you get when you draw on the same plates you're using for cake.
all of us in our Hayes masks - creepy?
sweet Callum getting passed around all night.
and the only plate that survived, Collin's.
pretty darn good, right?
"I Guck!" is Hayes' favorite phrase. he says he's stuck whenever he can't get off, in, out of something, can't reach something off the counter, when i give him hugs, etc. etc. etc.
i loved finding this candle in the rubble this morning.
not everything on the cake was edible, darling Hayes.
a word about the fantastic cake:
my friend Amanda was so incredibly sweet to offer up her talents
to make Hayes' from-scratch funfetti cake.
it was the most delicious thing and so darling.
if you're local and needing to take a huge burden of your shoulders (it certainly did mine!) for your next party, get a hold of Amanda. she is superb.