So it was only natural that we have his 2nd birthday party at Noah's Ark! It's a cute little waterpark perfect for toddlers and preschoolers. We rented it out and it was absolutely the best idea for Jay!
We invited all of his little friends, and had a great turnout. Unfortunately, some couldn't make it, but a lot did! We had cookies instead of cake/cupcakes (animal cookies of course!), lots of animal balloons, animal and fish party favors, sunglasses for everyone (it was a swimming party of course!), goldfish and animal crackers for snacks, and lots and lots of fun!
Courtney and Stacy and my mom came early to help set up... I'm so grateful for them because the place only gives you 15 minutes to set up.... I definitely couldn't have done it alone!!
Jay was in SUCH a great mood- I hardly saw him the entire party! I would stop him every once in a while to check in and make sure he was ok (and ask for a kiss)- to which he smiled and hardly even stopped. He was a busy boy and I think this is just a taste of my future :)
Instead of gifts, we asked everyone to bring something to donate for a care package to our favorite soldier!
My cousin Kelli's husband is currently serving in Afghanistan.
People had some great ideas!!
Inaugural slide down!
Let the party begin!
Grandeb was so sweet to hang on to Charley for me!
Wyatt W- one of Jay's best buds
Love how the boys play!
Jay in his shades- except he didn't like them on his eyes :)
Jack posing! So cute!
I honestly don't think this picture could be any cuter!
Riley is ADORABLE! And wore her glasses the entire party!
My little princess!
Noah at Noah's Ark!
Charley loved all the attention!
Wyatt W rocking his glasses!
Wyatt R rocking his- and his cookie face and hands!
Sweet friends Julie and Jude!
Valerie and Norah!
Auntie JJ and Charley playing!
Jay splashing all around!
William and Lauren!
Jay and cousin Josh! Jay loves to follow him around!
LOVE this picture!
Even some daddies came!
Anthony is so lucky to have his best friend so close!
And I'm lucky to be great friends with his wife!
And Jay is lucky to be best buds with their son! :)
I just love this picture!
Daddy and his little lady
My little blue-eyed baby doll!
Love love love these three... :)
Charley and Grandeb playing in water
Jay's set-up! A cow candle on an elephant cookie! How perfect could it be?!
My birthday boy!! xoxo
Blowing out the candle!
And a kiss for mommy!
I'm pretty sure this will be the last birthday party I can get away with this!
Cousin Jake is SO SO good to Charley!
Silly in our little glasses :)
We are so lucky to have such great friends!!
These three boys have so much fun together!
PS- Jay is swimming and eating his cookie. Gross.
Oh to be a fly on the wall...
Jay and Wyatt R are best buds...
They actually interact now and ask for each other instead of just playing side by side.
So much fun!
Our little family!
Jay came home and opened presents- he is a pro at that now! He went to bed worn out. When he woke the next morning I went into get him. He was laying in bed, so so sleepy, eyes barely open, and started talking about his party.... "I go in tunnel with Jakey and Joshy." "Go down swide with Jill." "Pway with ParksBrooks." "See JoJo." "Miss Michelle, and Riwey, and Baby Reese come to pway with me." "Noah's Ark, Mommy." I just listened and watch him smile as he remembered some of the things from his party. I asked him some questions and he remembered it all. Then he said, "Do it again, Mommy. Go back Noah's Ark and all my friends."
I am so beyond thankful that he had a good time. And I'm so beyond thankful for such good friends in his little world!
Now I leave you with what he learned after three birthday parties....
Until next year little man... :)