A few months ago I started fretting about Ava’s 4th birthday party- where would we have it, who would we invite, what time would it start, would we say “no presents”, what food would we serve. . .
Well, I have to admit, it was nearly perfect. That had little to do with my planning- the venue we chose was AWESOME! The only thing that would have made it better is if we could have invited ALL of our friends- Ava’s school friends and mine and Nathan’s adult friends. But, that would have been a lot and we thought it would be overwhelming. So, we stuck with a smaller crowd.
Anderson Farms in Erie was the best. There were so many things for kids to do that we didn’t manage to do them all in the 5 hours we were there. But, it still felt (and smelled) like a farm. It was somewhat commercial with a gift shop and outrageously expensive pumpkins (I paid $10 for two), but Ava loved the animals (goats, bunnies, alpaca, cows, and even a buffalo) and the tractor rides. I loved the convenience, the price, and getting together with friends. I have a feeling Ava’s birthday party will be there again next year.
Ava was so excited about presents this year after going to a few parties this summer and seeing all the cool things other kids got. We’ve had a ton of fun tonight playing Hungry Hippos, dolls, pretend camping, and reading all the new books. One present is like a Dora ipod, which made her feel really grown up. I can’t wait to play the rest of the games, do the crafts, show her how a Light Brite works, and see her wear her new beads.
I can’t remember much from when I was four, but it sure is fun to pretend I’m there again with Ava. This must be one of the main reasons people don’t want to see their kids grow up!