Friday, April 4, 2014

Big Poppa turns 3!!!

It finally happened- my Little Tiny turned 3!  I'm not very shy about my dislike of 3 year olds in general, so I was a little sad for this day to come, but Austin is actually a pretty mellow 3 year old, thank goodness!  I think it's safe to say, he's my very favorite 3 year old at the moment.  ;)  I swore that I was just going to throw a simple party for the family, but Austin REALLY wanted a Mickey Mouse party and if my baby wants a Mickey Mouse party then he's going to get a Mickey Mouse party.  Besides we threw Jackson a Blues Clues party at 3 so it's only fair to give Austin a themed birthday too.  I did bring down our birthday budget this year AND we came in well under budget including gifts, so I'm pretty proud of the outcome and, most importantly, Austin LOVED LoVeD loved his Mickey Mouse party.  He still talks about it- and that makes it all worth it!  In fact, Jackson keeps telling me that he wants a Mickey Mouse party too.

When I throw a simple party for the boys I make them a cake and let them decorate it.  I also let them loose in the Dollar Tree to pick out their wrapping, party hats and favors, and table ware.  They LOVE this and it never costs more than $10- that's the part that Jim loves.  ;)  Anyway, Jackson really loved decorating his own cake at his "simple party" (his 4th birthday), and all Austin talked about was blowing out candles at his birthday party, so I just had a simple cake made (because I love the frosting at our local market) and I found Mickey Mouse cake decorations on Amazon and let Austin loose.

I tried to show him how to spread the Mickey sprinkles around, but he much preferred to put them in one big crunchy pile right on his name.  Whatever floats my baby boy's boat!
He was quite proud of himself and the finished product-

We put up some simple decorations that Grandma Marlow and I made.  Then it was time to put the cake and snacks out.

The cake and snacks-

I found Mickey Mouse duct tape on Amazon, so I just used that in place of the bottled water label to make the water a little more party fun.

And, of course, every birthday party needs some presents!

Minnie made it to the party!  Austin actually loves Minnie more than Mickey.  He desperately wants to have a pink and purple glittery Minnie Mouse t-shirt, but I just can't do it.

We kept the party small and only invited family, except we just had to invite Maggie.  Not only is her mom a very dear friend of mine and basically like family, but the boys ADORE Maggie.  Sarah (Maggie's mom) and I were informed that day that she and Jackson were getting married.  We're all for it, but lets a few years...  Anyway, the party started with a few games!

As people arrived they filled out an "All About Austin" survey.

We supplied Mickey pencils-

Everyone had fun trying to figure Austin's likes and facts out!
Everyone filled out a facts sheet!  Some of the responses were hilarious!

Maggie guessed that Austin only weighs 10 pounds right now and Jackson guessed that he weighed 500 pounds at birth.  Yikes!!

Also, as everyone arrived, they all guessed how many of Mickey's Magic Beans were in the jar.  Mike came closest so he won all 747 magic beans!  Jackson came in second!

We also played Pin The Ears on Mickey!  Maggie won!
And a bean bag toss game (no good pictures of this one.  Boo.).  Jackson won!

Here are some random shots of the birthday boy-

The birthday boy felt Grandma needed some Mickey ear

Then, it was finally time for Austin's favorite part- time to sing Happy Birthday and blow out candles!!  He'd been talking about this for weeks!

And then we ate CAKE!!

Austin opened presents next.  I didn't get any pictures of this because grandma took video, but his favorite gifts were a Thomas the Train train set (thank you, Maggie!), a Mickey's Clubhouse playset (thank you, grandpa Tyler and grandma Viv), and the Mo Willems books daddy and I gave him.

Another favorite gift was a high chair feeding station for his baby.  Best part about this gift was how long it took Jim and Mike (2 very grown men) to put the thing together.  Daddy can put together a Batman cave in minutes, but hand him a baby doll toy and he's clueless.  Awesome!

Sarah also had to help daddy put together a baby stroller for Austin's baby.  Poor guy, he's not up on his baby doll toy installation.

And last, but not least, I made found little Mickey Mouse treats and put them into a cute Mickey Mouse cup that grandma made for the littles to take as a little memory of the party.

Afterward, Austin requested going to Chick Fil A for lunch so he could play in the play area, so that's what we did!  
It was a really great day!  Thank you everyone who helped celebrate Austin's arrival into the world!

Happy Birthday, Austin!

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