Wallace started the day before 7am, so I pulled myself out of bed and got up with him. He wanted his presents under the coffee table so he put them all there, and waited patiently until Gramma woke up. I got his yogurt out of the fridge and mixed in some chocolate chips, which was a mistake. He had a meltdown and cried for a while as I tried to get him to calm down and not wake up Gramma.
After he ate, he played trains and got excited for his birthday. When my mom woke up, Wallace opened his presents and then got ready for gymnastics. I got him a leotard and leggings, a fort building kit, a kid’s digital camera, a custom Monty Python shirt, and a 4 shirt that I made. Gramma got him some books, a train turntable, Kevin a crane train, and the lantern for the Follow the Light Thomas that I had found at Goodwill. Then it was time for gymnastics!
After gymnastics, we stopped to get his birthday balloons. He picked out a Thomas balloon and four latex balloons – yellow with pink butterflies, orange with hearts, pink with stars, and orange with a smiley face. He barely ate lunch because he had some serious playing to do.
We didn’t invite a ton of people, just the right amount – Kristy and Ellie (Scott and Quinn were napping), Missy and Ava, and (Great) Aunt Tammy and Bethany. Aunt Tammy also brought his christmas presents from her and from (Great Greats) Aunt Sue and Uncle Chuck, and birthday presents from Grandpa. He received books, a Thomas coloring book and 64 pack of crayons, a dry erase board and crayons, Chutes and Ladders, magnetic letters and numbers, a huge bus, clothes, a set with a film camera, flash light, and compass, a fancy mug with a W (Grandpa works at a china store), four little construction trucks, a ukulele, and money to go to the planetarium. Oh, and a set with two talking trains that he already has so we will take back to pick out something else.
I made the cake from this recipe, tripled it, and cut it into four pieces. It was pretty good but the coconut frosting was too strong for me. Wallace loved it and only one friend didn’t care for it. I put all the food in bread pans, lined them up like train cars, and Thomas pulled it unless he was being played with. I also set up a train craft, which Wallace did with me the day before. Ellie just wanted to make something with the materials and got upset that Wallace tried to micromanage her.
It was fun to relax and visit with friends and Wallace got to play with his two best friends. Wallace and Ellie played running around swords and flashlights in a dark room. Wallace and Ava mostly played check-up and then got out a barn close to the end of the party. He barely ate all day, but picked at things and ate cake at the party, then finshed up about dinner time.