September 15, 2008

Jack's 3rd Birthday Party!

Jack had a GREAT birthday 'weekend'!! It all started on Thursday when he got to take cupcakes to his preschool class for snack. Of course, he stuck with his theme and requested Cars cupcakes! On Friday (His real birthday) We hung out together getting the house ready for the party and he got a much needed hair cut from Ms. Melissa. He also got to open his gift from Grandma and Grandaddy Great!! It came in the mail a couple of days before but we saved it for his special day! He loved the card because the wheels really turned!Really cool camo pants!!And some nice other clothes too! Thanks a bunch Grandma & Grandaddy Great! He really liked everything (mommy did too!)Friday evening we headed out for dinner because kids eat free at IHOP and I did not want to cook and get the kitchen all dirty after cleaning the house all day! We ate with Sarah and Larry so I took the leftover cupcakes and after dinner we lit candles for each kid and sang Happy Birthday to Jack!They were so excited to each get a candle to blow out!Jack's after picture :-)And Hailey's :-)Riley even got in on the action and got to have some cupcake too!!Hailey is still loving the camera! I'm thinking I might get her one for her birthday...She took this picture of Sarah and Larry. I think it turned out great!And then she took this picture of her daddy...I think he was still sulking over his lacking amount of french fries... you know how guys are about their side dishes!! it's FINALLY party day!! Woo-Hoo!!
Jack got to go with Darren to pick up his cake. He LOVED it and was dying to take off that car! He wanted to light the candles and sing as soon as he came in the door with it.
Here's Hailey and Daddy while we were waiting for our guests to arrive...All the goodie bags...Some of the party decor... I used Jack's car calendar as decoration...I just ripped out the pages and taped them to the wall :-)And the backyard...Darren spray painted a little racetrack on the grass for our sack race! It turned out so cute. The sack race was the first thing we did. I spray painted two red (Lighting McQueen) and one blue (The King-Dinoco) and put their #'s on them.
Here's Hailey and Caleb hopping down the race track! When they got to the end Asia would give everyone their gold medal!!
And here is Ralston and the birthday boy!!Whoops! He had a little crash, but he got back up and crossed the finish line :-)Brett and Cole raced next but Cole was so fast I couldn't get him in the picture!! He was a little jumping bean!!So when no other kids wanted to go....the mom's took their turns!! Sarah and I raced (I think it was too close to call!) And Dawn and Crystal took a turn too! I can't believe we didn't fall down!Then we had grilled hot dogs, chips, and apples with Carmel dip for lunch.
And now Cake Time!!
Singing Happy Birthday! He blew out all his candles (and then we let Hailey blow some out too) (no messy eating pictures, he's perfected cake consumption)
After cake was present time!! He was precious...this was the first year he could really do it by himself and as I would read the card and tell him who it was from he would take the toy or whatever it was and go give it back to that child!! It was so sweet!! We kept telling him, you get to keep it!!
He got lots of cars, and dinosaurs, Lego's, and books and so many other things. Riley kept putting himself in the dog crate...great party entertainment!Checking out the toy pile! Then our last activity was the pinata!! It was a 'pull-string' pinata so no bat was involved. All they had to do was pick a string and pull, but only one opens the trap door to let all the candy out!
Here's Kaitlyn picking out her string!
Ralston was the lucky kid to pick the magic string! I had to give it a little shake to help it all fall out and the kids came running with their bags to collect the candy!!
It was lots of fun! Everybody got tons of candy :-)

A BIG thank you to everyone who came and made Jack's day super special and another thank you to all those who helped me out...I was able to really enjoy myself at the party and that was wonderful!! Every time I turned around someone was asking me what they could do and it made such a difference. Sometimes pulling of birthday parties can be so stressful you don't get to enjoy the day, but that was not the case!! Thanks again!!


Ben and Tabby said...

Jack racked up at this party! Looks like it was an AWESOME party. The decorations, the cake, the games, everything, but I knew it would be, considering who the hostess was. :) Wish we could have been there!

Anonymous said...

Wow! What a great party. In so many ways, Jack reminds me of how much Raymond loved his cars at that age, and of course even today, at 21, he still does. :-)
Happy Birthday, again, Jack!! Love you much, Aunt Sue-Sue

Amber said...

I wish I could have been at IHOP on friday night! Noah saw the cupcakes and said, "I want that for my birthday." He didn't stick around long enough to see the real cake.

Looks like lots of fun, I think you have a career in party planning waiting for you!

Ben and Tabby said...

Also, I really like the picture that Hailey took of Sarah and Larry. They look like such a happy couple. :)

Jenny said...

Wow! Looks like he had a great time!

Dawn said...

I like Jack's new haircut. We had a great time at the party! Thanks for the invite!

Oh, I'm on facebook. Please be my friend!! :)

Doris said...

Such a fun party! I know everyone must have had a blast. I bet everyone wishes they could have a three day celebration when their birthday rolls around.
Glad he likes the clothes. If they don't fit, you can exchange them at Wal-Mart.
The videos were precious. He is going to be a singer like his Papa.
Grandma Great

Sarah said...

It was such a great party! I really can't say that enough. He was so sweet, trying to hand out his presents. Maybe he was practicing for Christmas. I love our sack race picture and Hailey did a good job on the picture of Larry and I too. I'm stealing a bunch of pics from this post.

Vader's Mom said...

That looks like a wonderful time!!

And please pass a message along to your hubby - "ROLL TIDE"