AJ & Miri agreed that last year's party at Little Gym was a lot of fun, so we returned to the original site of the crime for a repeat this year. Rather than blathering on & on about the party, I'll let my camera do (most of) the talking...
|The party started with everyone either hugging the Pipsqueak or sharing "high fives"|
|Once the greetings were done, semi-organized chaotic fun ensued!|
|Back in junior high, most of the girls considered these to be torture in gym class...|
For these kiddos, they're fun!
|Once again, my niece shows a far better sense of balance (and less fear) than any of her grownups...|
|The kids demonstrated boundless energy... the grownups slightly less. :-)|
|It wasn't just the balls that were bouncing!|
|They've slowed down, but only because it's part of the game...|
|Just a quick pre-pizza and cake shot of the party room.|
|Grandpa knows a good photo op when he sees one, sore hip or not!|
|Remember, I said they slowed down only because it was part of the game...|
|Ooh, maybe they've finally run out of energy...?|
|Nope -- they were just "riding" the bouncy thing while it inflated!|
|As the party moved from burning energy to recharging, I took a quick shot of Miri's gifts.|
Thank you, everybody!
|Organized Chaos, Stage II: Pizza and birthday cake (with crowns and tiaras for all)!|
|I've forgotten their names, but the Little Gym crew were fantastic -- they even|
provided candles for the cake when AJ realized she'd left hers at home!
The organized party wound down shortly after the kids finished inhaling the pizza & cake, and the family (and some extra-helpful friends) scrambled to help the Little Gym crew clean up -- Miri's celebration finished just after 4pm, and there was another party scheduled for the same space at 4:30! We managed to get everything collected, wiped down, picked up, etc. and headed back to AJ's house for a little after-party with some friends.
|Yes, my sister does indeed have a pink castle tower filling her living room, compliments|
of the Pipsqueak's Grandma and Grandpa!
|One by one, the gifts were pulled from the bag and all that careful wrapping|
was joyfully ripped to shreds...
|Even the newest member of the group, just 2-1/2 years old and only home for a few|
months, got into the act!
|The big party may have been at Little Gym, but my sister isn't going to miss out on|
a chance to decorate the house for her daughter's birthday!
|One of the girls discovered AJ's stash of bubble-making toys, so we had to shoo the girls|
out onto the deck -- where they proceeded to have a bubbly blast.
|I've included this shot because, well... you got any idea how hard it is to get a good shot of a bubble?!?|
|Somewhere along the line, the Pipsqueak managed to get pizza smeared in her|
hair and aaaallllll the way down her back. Yes, her BACK. How do they DO that?!?
|Slowly, the chaos began winding down... The castle's on its side to allow the bottom to|
air-dry after an "ak-see-dent" with a cup of soda...
Although Miri showed no sign of slowing down while we were at the house, AJ told me she conked out just minutes after we all left -- a sure sign of a successful and happy celebration of her birthday!