L had his "first" birthday party to attend today. He has been to other parties, but they have all been for kids whose parents S and I are friends with, and mostly have been first birthdays with a lot of adult and just a smattering of kiddos in attendance. This was his first party that he was invited to by a classmate and with all of his school friends going too. (Have I mentioned how much I am absolutely loving this whole school thing? Class parties, scholastic book orders, recitals and now birthday parties with friends? Love!!!)
S thinks I'm being a bit silly for being so excited about this, but it just feels like such a milestone. My baby is growing up. And I know in there will be a point in the future where birthday parties won't be a huge deal, and also where I may begin to dread them. I figure up until about fifth grade your in the situation of getting invited to every single birthday party for every single kid in the class, and I can see how that might start to get old. And then sixth grade and into the middle school years you start getting into "not being invited" territory. (Just typing that made a knot in my heart.) And lastly there will be the high school and college years where with the mere mention of the word party I'm going to have to be worrying about alcohol and bad decisions.
Oiy. I just made myself anxious for the coming years typing all that! So, silly or not, I think I will take this moment to just be excited about his fun, innocent, drama free "first" birthday party!
He's been excited about it all week, although the weather turned so bad this weekend I was worried it may not even happen. It did, but it was freaking cold! It's pretty rare to have a genuinely cold and rainy weekend in Phoenix, but of course we had it today! Despite the chilly weather, the party was a success. L had a blast playing with all his little friends, and I got a chance to meet a lot of the other moms in his class, which was nice!
Gathering candy from the pinata!
Pin the cupcake!
Getting face paint on his hand! He refused to get anything on his face!
Lunch, cupcakes and signing to the birthday girl!
Don't worry, L2 got in on the action too! He had fun playing in the park!