Monday, January 10, 2011

Climb Aboard!

Birthdays are a big deal at our house....and it's always a rather daunting task for me to decide what kind of party we are going to have for the kids' birthdays.  Joseph kept going back and forth between a Lightning McQueen party and a Thomas Train party.  We opted for a train party since we thought a train table would be a really fun present for this little guy!  And since I'm not a huge fan of character parties... I thought we would just have a train party with a little touch of Thomas!

I have a TON of pictures to share...I guess I need to learn how to incorporate them all into a storyboard format....(begging for help here....)...But for now I'll just have to post them individually....sorry about the lengthy post...but had to capture it all!

First...the decorations!

The train carrying the party favors....Thomas cookies and lollipop cookies

The invitation...

We celebrated his birthday a day early... so everyone could be there!

Where  I wanted him to pose for  a picture...but he kept running off...:) I got a few...

A cute picture of the two of them (pre-party) watching to see what kind of truck the sponge capsule would grow into.

A few pictures of him I had taken over the past year...we hung them from the "Joseph" tree!

Love those Handy Manny pants...too bad he still prefers his diapers....oh my....need to get in serious potty training mode and quick!!

Next up:  some of the treats!

sugar cookies...of course

bite-sized sour cream pound cake can find the recipe here.

The chocolate cake with vanilla buttercream


What a lucky little many darling clothes and wonderful many people who love this little guy!  Here he is opening his new big wheel from Yiayia and Pappou (too bad he's still a little short...those little legs just can't yet reach those pedals!!!)  It won't be long though!

The talking train station from mama, daddy and sophia

And the big surprise unveiled beneath a lovely white sheet...  A TRAIN TABLE!
He was so quick to see it...that I couldn't take the picture fast enough (thus the blur :( )

Big sister showing him the ropes!!! Poor Sophia didn't feel great, but you wouldn't have known it!  She was pretty excited for her little brother!

Daddy did such a nice job putting it together!!  Too bad it doesn't look this neat and organized now:)

Tried to use some different settings on my camera here...big would have been so cute with the right ISO and without that blur.  This mama needs lots more practice!!!

We decided to take the cake with us to Fritz's! Sophia and Joseph had never been here to eat...and it was such a fun treat for them!  Joseph was enamored with the train that moved along the tracks above to bring you your food.  It was so fun to watch his eyes light up and see Sophia get so excited when the train brought her food!  At one point....Joseph physically turned my head half way around so I could watch the train that was coming from behind me.  I guess he wanted to make sure I saw it!!!! SOOOO Cute!!

Watch out...look how close he got to that candle...but he got the job done!

We all had some pretty blue lips after eating this cake!

Joseph was just thrilled that all of his favorite people joined him for dinner!  
The Smith table....

The Kokoruda's minus Thea (who was taking the picture) and with Sophia!

The birthday boy's table with Auntie Eryn, Omi and Papa.  Can you see everyone's reflection in the window watching as he got ready to make his wish?  Thanks for the picture, Thea!

And of course...we can't forget Willie....who is always part of the fun!  Thanks Thea for getting this one...LOVE it!

Whew!  Hope you had a great day little Joseph!  You were so excited...well into the night!!!  Can't believe you are THREE.  Hope your year is full of fun!!!!! We love you sooo much!

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