Saturday, March 23, 2013

Choo Choo, Noah is TWO!

The plan was to have a small, low-key party for Noah’s 2nd birthday. I don’t know how well I accomplished that goal, but we did have a wonderful time celebrating our littlest guy!
 
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I made the invitations and other printables in Publisher.
 
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I included a train ticket for each kiddo in their invitation.
 
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I added a number 2 and a train to a cute plain shirt I found on sale at Old Navy! Noah loves it – he kept pointing to his belly and saying “Choo-Choo Shirt!”
 
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Our party guests started to arrive and all of the kids headed to the playground. Someone was happy to have his BFF in town – I love their matching gaps!
 
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Gracie & Aubrey headed straight for the swings.
 
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These sweet girls headed off to do their own thing. 

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The little guys took off in search of some BIG slides. Padon was a little apprehensive at first.
 
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Noah had Grant to coach him along…
 
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so he jumped right in,
 
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as Luke cheered him on.
 
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While the kiddos were playing, we set up lunch and the party tables.
 
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I found these wooden train whistles (aka mini recorders) from the Dollar Spot at Target.
 
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We made popcorn snacks for the upcoming train ride.
 
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And of course, there was a train cake!
 
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Once everything was set up, we called the troops over for lunch.
Did somebody say EAT?
 
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We had pizza, chips & apple slices. Everybody chowed down!
 
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Our Young Life girls came to par-tay!
 
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And they photo bombed approximately 75% of the pics I took.
 
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Lauren and I marveled at our matching outfits.
 
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After all of that, the kids ran off to feed the leftovers to the ducks.
 
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This activity gave me a slight panic attack. Does anyone else agree that a railing would be helpful in this situation? Thankfully, everyone stayed high and dry.
 
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Once the ducks were full, it was time for cake and singing. Gracie sang the loudest.
 
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Then the birthday boy pretended to blow out his candles (that wouldn’t light in the wind).
 
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This continued to happen.
 
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The birthday boy got the first piece of cake and he went to town. Nom nom nom.
 
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We sent the kids back to the playground to run off the cake while we cleaned and packed up. Then we headed over to the zoo train. (Noah was saying “Ride Choo-Choo!” from the moment the party started, so I was glad that it was time to hop on that train!)
 
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Our group of 22 all made it onto the same train. Noah was glad that his buddy Padon was right behind him.
 
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Gracie, per her request, was sitting with Liz, Rylan & the YL Girls.
 
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All aboard!
 
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The whistles were a big hit!
 
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The train was a really fun way to end the party. Noah was a little sad when it was over, so his daddy distracted him with a little walk down the tracks.
 
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Then his brother & sister distracted him with some birthday smooches.
 
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Enough!!!

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We had such a great time wishing Noah a Happy 2nd Birthday! The train theme was a little last minute, but I love how everything turned out. I love all of these people lots more!
 
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Even though they’re a little bit crazy.
 
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We are thankful for all of you who celebrated with us!
Happy Birthday, Noah Bug!

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