October 15, 2005

Kate's Second Birthday Party

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Kate's official second birthday party was today at The Little Gym. Six of Kate's friends attended the 2-hour bash: Dominic (5 years old), Sebastian (5), Jillian (2), Tyler (2), Ava (2) and Ethan (6 months). For the first hour everyone (and I mean everyone) participated in Little Gym activities.

There was running, hanging, swinging, bell jingling, hiding, balancing, sitting and standing on one foot. The kids took turns rolling on the big doughnut (Jillian, Tyler and Kate). They played on the parachute and under the parachute. They played with the balls. They jumped on the airtrack, which Kate thought she single-windedly blew up. :-) And when Kate decided it was time to set up the bee, the kids took turns riding in it.

And then just as soon as things started to settle down a bit, Elmo made a special appearance and everyone was back on their feet again. When Elmo came out he brought birthday gifts just for Kate. Kate was so curious to know what Elmo would bring for her that she spent the first few minutes of Elmo's arrival unwrapping and examining her gifts while all the other guests were participating and dancing. But, it didn't take too long for Kate to join in the fun.

Elmo was fabulous! He wasn't just some goofy kid dressed up in a costume. This Elmo was the real deal with a show full of entertaining songs. He was singing, dancing and speaking in his cute little Elmo voice. In addition to the gift for Kate, Elmo also brought neon bracelets and goody bags for all of our small guest. He hosted pin the nose on Elmo and chatted and hugged and posed in picture after picture after picture. Kate loved him. The kids loved him. Everyone loved Elmo! I just can't say enough good things about this Elmo.

After the singing and dancing was done, Elmo led the kids to the dining room for pizza and cake. Of course it was an Elmo-themed cake. The cake table was at a bad angle to get a good picture of Kate blowing out her candle, but we got a good picture of Uncle John's fingertip. And I should also mention that Kate loved it when everyone sang Happy Birthday to her.

Kate had the best time at her party, and hopefully all of her friends did too.

This post was written in memory of Dorothy the Goldfish. Dorothy was a special gift to Kate from Elmo. Unfortunately Dorothy became an unlikely and unsuspecting casualty of Hurricane Wilma. On the first evening after we lost power the temperature dropped below one comfortable for her little gills.
Posted by Jean-Marie at October 15, 2005 10:04 PM
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