We celebrated Scout's 3rd birthday perfectly, if I do say so myself. It wasn't incredibly elaborate, but I wouldn't have changed anything. This girl is obsessed with swinging, so we got our family to combine gift giving and go in on a swing set for her. Pretty much, she got a bunch of small, dollar store or similar type toys to open at her parties, and then this big gift. It's perfect.
We set it up after she went to bed one night so that it would be ready for her the next morning.
|Swing set all set up the night before|
A video clip of her first swing, the next morning, and saying thank you for the gift. I was a bit bummed that our plans to get a safety swing (so she could go super high) fell through last minute. But she didn't seem to care a bit that it was delayed a week.
After waking up to a swing set, we let her plan the day, doing all the things that she thought should be done on a birthday. Including (but not limited too) buying a doughnut, a birthday balloon, picking a card out for herself, decorating and getting birthday hats, making a cake, singing happy birthday, and opening presents.
|Eating donuts at Haggen after buying her balloon.|
|Making her own birthday cake, funfetti of course. With a balloon tied to her wrist.|
|Decorating for her own party. While holding the card she picked out for herself, wearing her birthday party hat, and tied to a balloon.|
|Rachelle and Miles|
|Me and Elena|
|Scout and Levi eating cake and talking.|
We probably could have stopped there for celebrating and she would have been content, but we decided to drive South and celebrate with the grandparents. We went to my parents first, on the 4th of July and let her think that all of the 4th of July celebrations in Carnation were meant just for her.
|There was a pancake breakfast. With meat...her favorite.|
After celebrating in town, we came back to my parents house for another little party with cake and ice cream and a good assortment of dollar store treasures.
|Little bit of sugar?|
Andrew and I spent about 10 dollars on some pop-its and simple fireworks that we set off in my parents driveway during the afternoon. And then we went to the neighborhood block party in my parent's neighborhood. There was a BBQ, a few bouncy houses with tons of kids, and a bike parade (in which she drove my parents little 4 wheeler). Other than the bike parade and short eating breaks, she jumped in the bouncy houses for 3-4 hours straight. And then she asked to go to bed.
|Neighborhood bike parade. You can see her and my dad in the far back left.|
|Sliding down the bouncy house slide.|
|Scout and Harper playing with sparklers. It's serious business.|
Scout loves playing with Harper, they had a lot of fun rolling down the hill together.Think we managed to do her birthday up right this year?