Choo! Choo! Spencer's 2!

[I apologize... I do realize this is a ton of photos. But probably the only place it will ever get documented...] Two weeks ago, we celebrated Spencer's 2nd Birthday. (On his actual birthday... which I'm really proud of considering we spent the month prior traveling for three weeks and getting the house on the market.) We set the theme with a special, mama-designed invite:

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We hosted the party at "our" Gym*boree. (Note to self: Always have the party out of the house... so much easier that way! We chose to do that because the house is on the market, but we ended up having to do so much less work and it wasn't all that expensive.) I went early to make sure that all the details were in place:

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{Oodles of Balloons!}

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{With matching "tableware"}

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{And of course, the ridiculously expensive balloon. Tied to the chair of the birthday boy of course!}

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{The snack table}

We topped the snack table with pretzels, chips, apple slices and baby carrots... surprisingly, the apple slices were the biggest hit!

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{And it wouldn't be a party o' mine without custom birthday banners...}

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{On the table...}

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{everywhere!}

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{The cupcake tower}

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{With little toppers to match the theme...}

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{Spencer's cupcake}

Here's where I send a shout out to my sister, who answered my plea for help (via text) at 7 am. On a Saturday morning. I awoke to find the humidity attacked my perfectly-stored cupcakes and they were un-frostable. (I totally just made that word up) She brainstormed with me and we were able to solve the problem... and I think the cupcakes came out perfect! In case you were wondering they are white cupcakes with vanilla frosting, topped with colored sugar and those new pretzel m&ms.

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{We also included one of Spencer's favorite treats... licorice!}

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{And a train!} {Thanks to our friend Noah for telling us about this cool toy!}

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{The favors were engineer hats and a bag of candy.}

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{"Spencer brand" Skitt!es}

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{All laid out nicely on a table}

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{I had a sign on the door for the arriving guests...}

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{And one for when they depart!}

Doug and Spencer arrived 15 minutes prior to the party starting. Just enough time to see everything, but no so early as to be cranky at the actual party. And before we knew it, it was time to PAAARRRRTTTAAAAYYYY!!! Or, as Spencer said, "Ree. [Gymboree] Play. Choo Choo." Uh, yeah. We prepped him well I guess!

We were lucky enough that one of Spencer's favorite teachers ran his party, even though she was very pregnant. Both teachers did an amazing job making Spencer feel special with custom-tailored games and songs that highlighted both him, and trains.

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{Every child and parent got a custom name tag.}

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{Listening to a story and some songs...}

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{Let the games begin!}

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{"Can I have those back please?!"}

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{This was by far one of my fave activities... they formed a train parade...}

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{...that Spencer got to lead!}

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{I think he liked it too.}

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{There was also a lot of parachute games... one of Spencer's fave activities!}

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{"Uhm, buddy... you're missing the best part!"}

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{Having fun with his buddy R...}

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{And G!}

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{...And S!}

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{Some of you may recognize one of his girlfriends, Miss "Z"}

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{But being the playa he is, he had another one there as well!}

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{She's totally just humoring him.}

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There was lots of time for independent play...}

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{...and flirting.}

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{And hugs for Mama!}

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{A few more games...}

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{Some preferred to watch from a distance...}

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{Or do their own thing.}

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{An almost group shot}

After an hour of games and fun, we headed into the other room for some pizza, snacks, juice, and cupcakes! The Gym*boree teachers actually told us that Spencer's party was the only party they have ever had where all the kids were so well-behaved! They couldn't believe they all sat and ate their pizza and snacks as quietly as they did. We give all the credit to Spencer's guests on that one! After pizza, we had the all important birthday song. We were really nervous about this part. One reason was because Spencer was going to be really close to open flames. The other reason was that until, oh the day of the party, Spencer would burst into tears as soon as he heard "Happpyyy." We sang it to him every day for two weeks straight, and apparently it worked. Phew!

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{Of course, their was some silliness! We're not that boring people!}

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{Time for cupcakes!}

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{Not only didn't he cry, he cheered!}

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{See how nervous we are?!}

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{I hope it was a good wish!}

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{"That blowing game was fun!"}

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{First bite.}

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{"Now what do I do with this cupcake?!"}

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{The cupcakes were a hit with D...}

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{And A...}

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{And definitely G!}

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{Spencer... he wasn't so sure. Please not the different cupcake in his hands... he threw the first one on the floor.}

After cupcakes, it was time to head out for more parachute time and *bubbles*!!! (Spencer's absolute favorite part of class. It was done a little differently for the purpose of the party, but he loved it just as much as he does in class!)

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{Do you think he's having a good time?!}

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{"Everybody off and let's go under!"}

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{"Up, up, up we go..."}

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{"Fly those colors in the air..."}

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{One last parachute romp...}

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{And then it was time to give Gymbo hugs goodbye...}

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{And say one last Happy Birthday to Spencer...}

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{And then we "choo-choo"ed out!}

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{Always the caboose...}

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{A parting kiss for the birthday boy! I think someone just pulled into the lead as a contender for girlfriend...}

Now, it wouldn't be a party unless someone gets hurt... right?! Well, it was Spencer. During parachute time he went a little crazy... and ran right into a wall. He split both his lips. After a short cry and some ice and napkins, he was right back in the thick of things. In fact, as soon as we wiped all the blood off as best we could he spied the chips, and went "Ip?!" So I guess he really wasn't all that traumatized. My shirt on the other hand...

But did we have a blast?! What do you think:

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