What a fun, fun day we had yesterday. It was officially Ava's birthdy yesterday, and we also had her party.
The plan was to have her farm party at the neighborhood park, along with the petting zoo and pony rides.I said last year that I would no longer have any parties at our house because it was too small.
I also thought there would never be a chance we would have to have another party at this smaller(er) house because I just knew our house would sell by now.
Well, never say never.
It hasn't rained all month.
BUT it has rained EVERY year on April 17th.
NOW I KNOW! NO MORE OUTDOOR PARTIES.
So, at 9am yesterday morning Aaron and I tapped knuckles, got a plan together, and busted. our. bootays.
We cleaned, cleaned, cleaned our house. We texted everyone to let them know the party had moved to our house.
And then we went in to get Ava out of bed. We sang to her and here she was with her hands in clapping position waiting for us to finish so she could say "yayyyyy!"
We let Ava open her Easel present. Thanks to Greta for the fabulous find!
I scurried around like a chicken with my head cut off trying to decorate with what little decor I had, since I had planned on having it under a park pavillion and just decorating the picnic tables.
Here are the cupcakes Sheila and I made.
We were going to make the barn cake, but we got too busy with orders and with Ava being sick early last week I just decided to do those few cupcakes and I ordered her this cake. It matched her invitations.
Once again, I ordered something from Etsy that NEVER CAME. It was a birthday banner from this shop. Apparently she has gone off the radar and it just sickens me to no end to know people actually take others' money and don't even deliver the goods people pay for. HOW IS THIS ALLOWED??? Ok, not going on a downer, so I will drop it.
Anyway, the banner would have hung from this table of party favors.
Getting the birthday girl all ready for her party guests.
Here she is greeting one of her friends.
So, we had the petting zoo in our GARAGE! Hahaha!
It only rained towards the very end of the party (after raining all morning HARD), but it was still a great call.
Ava was so stoked when she walked outside and saw the animals in her garage. She was walking up to all of them, repeatedly saying, in the highest pitch EVER, "Hiiiii goat. Hiiiiii chicken. Hiiiii rooster. Hiiiiii bunny. Hiiiiiii duck." And this went on for about 15 minutes.
The kids loved the pony rides too!
Ever seen a pony give rides on a city residential street? HA!!!!
We then came in for cake and presents.
Oh man this girl!! You would think she got sung to everyday the way she ate that attention UP! She was smiling and tilting her head like nobody's business. And she was eyeing EVERY PERSON in the room to make sure they were all singing. It was great stuff!
Dressing up with some of her new birthday gifts.
And this was her at exactly 6:09pm, when she officially turned 2 years old.
And by 7:00, she turned into a pumpkin.
What a wonderful day. Ava is so very loved and we couldn't have asked for a better day. Rain or shine!