A few months ago, we decided to celebrate Lewie's birthday at this gem of a park close to our house. The park, Veteran's Memorial Park and Lakeview Lodge, has a new pavilion with clean, air conditioned bathrooms, a large playground, and a little beach along a spring-fed lake. Quite honestly, it's the best place we know for children of all ages, so we knew Lewie's 6 year-old friends (along with their toddler siblings) would all have a good time.
When I made the reservations back in May, I was surprised to learn that there were no more weekend days left in August. My choices were July 12 or September 6th, so after a little consideration, we finally decided that it would be better to celebrate Lewie's birthday earlier instead of later...
So, this weekend, we packed up to celebrate Lewie's birthday at the park, and we couldn't have been happier. We had a beautiful 80 degree day with low humidity, and most of our friends were available to come celebrate in the festivities. (Even two of Lewie's teachers from preschool joined us!) We ordered pizza and a cake, and last minute, I was able to find someone to drive an ice cream truck to our event. (He only charged $20 plus the cost of Good Humor ice cream.)
My favorite part of the day, of course, was watching Little Lewie enjoy himself with all of his friends. However, a close tie was being able to treat all of my friends and family members to ice cream. The minute they saw the truck, I heard a lot of people mumble, "Oh, I don't have any money," or "We can't buy anything today." When I told everyone that the ice cream was on us, however, their facial expressions changed. Even parents were excited to pick something out! All of our friends and family were so appreciative, and it made me thrilled to know that such a "small" gesture (in my mind) could bring so much happiness.
Yes, Little Lewie's Flip, Flop, Splash Birthday Bash was a success. He may not be six just yet, but we agreed to celebrate his birthday one more time (on a much smaller scale) in August too when it gets closer. In the meantime, we had a chance to spend time with many people that we haven't seen since last year. There's nothing better than rekindling those special friendships that make life so sweet.
|Little Lewie enjoying some sun before his party...|
|Little Lewie and Miss Kristen, one of his teachers from preschool. |
(Miss Kristen even allowed Lewie to pick out his present on her smart phone during recess one day.)
|Our special friend Debbie with her two cute kiddos.|
|My cousin with his daughter, Crystal.|
|My mother-in-law with cousin Lily, our newest family addition.|
|Lewie and his preschool teacher, Miss Vicki. (She bought him a special train book.)|
|Lewie and his two cousins, Sarah and Brooklynn|
|The ice cream truck has arrived!|
|Sponge Bob is the best!|
|Chillin' out in the truck. (No pun intended.)|
|Testing some cake first...|
|Proof that my husband and I were really at this event.|
|LEGO candles for Lewie!|
|"That's a funny joke, Sarah."|
|"Make a wish!"|
|Very good cake! Could my husband have cut the piece any larger?|
|I love this pic. The true essence of being a six year old boy.|
|A bow for Lewie...|
|Playing with LEGOS after the party because we're just too excited.|
|Playing with LEGOS again first thing in the morning. (It took a day and a half to build his entire LEGO train station.)|