July 20, 2009

Bean Party

This weekend, Beth and I staged and somehow managed to pull of Mia's fourth birthday party. And, before you say it, I know - four? How the hell did that happen? Anyway, this year we decided to follow the same plan that proved successful last year. It was, mainly, this - whip up some food, pray for good weather, throw some toys in the backyard and turn the kids loose. And you know what? It worked.

View the entire set.

No one got hurt. No one was rushed to the emergency room. There was no screaming (in pain, at least). There were no accidents. And the weather was spectacular. The bubble machines fired bubbles into the blue sky at full blast and the breeze kept the kids cool whilst they ran around in circles burning off their sugar highs in anticipation of the next cupcake.

At the end of the day, the birthday girl, her brother and her mom and dad were wiped out. "Mom," she said to Beth before falling soundly asleep in her bed adorned with new princess sheets, "that was the best day ever." We didn't want to argue with her. I mean, while it was good and all it didn't hold a candle to the day she was born, to the day she came into our world. A party seemed like the least we could do.

Posted by Chris at July 20, 2009 6:36 AM

It looks like a fabulous time was had by all! Love the pictures (went to your Flickr and saw them all!).
It still blows my mind that Mia is four! What a beauty you and Beth made!

Posted by: Maribeth at July 20, 2009 7:43 AM

Happy Birthday Mia! Glad that everything turned out great, it really was a gorgeous weekend!

Posted by: Dee at July 20, 2009 7:47 AM

Thanks for including us. Michael had a blast.

Posted by: jodifur at July 20, 2009 7:54 AM

Great Pictures! Looks like everyone had a good time. The best rule for parties - KEEP IT SIMPLE! Easier - mentally and physically - on everyone involved.

Posted by: NancyJ at July 20, 2009 8:06 AM

Your babies rock.

Posted by: Dawn at July 20, 2009 8:21 AM

Awww. I really can't believe she's four.

Posted by: Fraulein N at July 20, 2009 9:06 AM

Very sweet. 4 is a great age. We really loved 4, and 5 has been awesome too.

Posted by: Brad at July 20, 2009 10:27 AM

Hey, I celebrated my birthday this weekend, too. My hubby gathered 3 other couples (some of my best friends in the world), hired a limo for the night, went to some of the best restaurants and bars Houston has to offer, and basically laughed myself stupid until 4AM. It is the first party I have had in years and it was great.

Posted by: Jen at July 20, 2009 10:48 AM

Aww, happy early birthday, Mia!
Loved the princess decor.

Posted by: Kat at July 20, 2009 11:29 AM

Looks like an absolute blast and pictures of things to come for me.

Posted by: DCUrbanDad at July 20, 2009 11:46 AM

No, seriously...how the hell DID that happen?...wasn't she just...ONE?!? :) Looks like a good time. Hope all is well with you and your beautiful family.

Posted by: Marilyn at July 20, 2009 11:47 AM

I am glad to hear that Mia had such a great birthday.

I remember Tas's 4th birthay. It was one of the best parties ever. We actually held it at our house. Usually we alternate between my family and the in-laws. 4 was very kid focused. She got a swingset that took her uncle 8+ hours to put together. Great memories.

It really looks like you had a wonderful time.

Please wish Mia a Happy Birthday!

Posted by: debb at July 20, 2009 12:23 PM

Just Beautiful! photos,family&party :)

Posted by: LaineyDid at July 20, 2009 12:39 PM

Happy 4th to Mia! We lucked out with an outdoor birthday party for Calvin first weekend of November in '08. Can't bank on sunny skies and 80 degree weather that time of year in VA. Trying to figure out what to do this year for birthday bash #2. Any suggestions?

Posted by: Dolly at July 20, 2009 6:46 PM

cute pics! we had a full birthday weekend too. two kid birthday parties to go to on saturday. our own daughter's second birthday party yesterday. and today is her real birthday. i am exhausted! but you said it with that last line. it even made me tear up a little thinking about my own emotions about the day. happy birthday, mia!

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Posted by: Poppy at July 20, 2009 8:18 PM

That last little bit was completely sweet and amazing and awwwww! <3

Posted by: Heather at July 20, 2009 8:23 PM

Awww! You guys are awesome parents!

Posted by: just rambling at July 20, 2009 9:39 PM

Happy Birthday Mia! Looks like you avoided last year's cake catastrophe.

Ours turns 4 in October... it's approaching entirely too quickly.

Posted by: Amy at July 21, 2009 4:42 PM

A belated happy birthday to Mia!

Posted by: MariaV at July 22, 2009 4:55 AM