Luke came into our room and exclaimed, "Mom, there's a bunch of cute balloons out there!"
We built the trains from diaper wipes' boxes and covered them with tablecloths from the dollar store. I attached wheels to the bottom so the boys could push them around outside and make their deliveries. I Learned a few things in the process: (1) don't secure the wheel with duck tape-it will prevent the wheel from pivoting (2) the cheap wheels from Lowes worked the best (3) have a "fix it" station set up so it looks like you knew that the wheels would malfunction and you were ready to fix it! :)
Thanks to my mom and Bryan for helping me set up "The Island of Sodor" complete with the windmill and masking tape train tracks. I thought the chalk would smear if used for the tracks. The tape worked great.
They caught onto the idea and were having a blast!
The "fix it" station saw quite a bit of action in the first 10 minutes. Once we figured out the duck tape was causing the issues, it was much smoother sailing.
Once the trains were running smoothly we started on the "errands for the day". This activity was a H*U*G*E hit! We started in the garage (Tidmouth Sheds) and I told them there was an accident on the tracks and one of the "Troublesome Trucks" spilt his coal. The boys raced to clean up the coal and came back.
The next project was to collect wood off of the tracks and make a delivery to the "baby's train" a.k.a. stroller.
"Wait a second..."
The last errand was to pick up a "special delivery" of birthday balloons from Luke's grandma.
After each task was complete the boys would pick out one or two stickers to decorate their train. They liked the sticker part more than I thought they would. I think the boys would have played with these trains for hours!
Once the errands were complete, it was time for lunch.
After lunch, we painted train ornaments. I scored the little wood trains at Michaels.
While they were painting, one of the trains dropped off a cooler filled with water balloons.
Just when Luke didn't think the day could get any better...
Two cute boys spotted something...
Emma got in on the ice cream part of "cake and ice cream".
We opened presents after the party. I'm a big fan of doing this separate from the party.
New backpack and blanket.
We gave Luke the marble run that I played with at my Grandma's house many years ago. Bryan sanded, painted and made a few modifications to make it look like new.
It was one of those days that I will remember for a long time. (And not just because I took a gazillion pictures and blogged a ginormous post). I will remember it because my heart was so full of gratitude for Luke and the opportunity to be his mom. Happy Birthday, Luke.