I mentioned in our last post that we had a small get together on the boys actual birthday and we’d have the ‘bigger party’ for the weekend. In all honesty, it was a TON of work to have both and plan everything but at the same time, we luck out since we can knock out parties for two of our three kids at one time . . . pluses and minuses of being a twin I guess.
For those of you who have followed our blog for awhile (thank you so much), you’ll know that the boys LOVE Angry Birds. We came across this great post of an angry bird party and decided we should do one for the boys! Thanks for the inspiration and ideas!
We hung like 20 balloons in our gathering room and I bet most of them were down before the party was halfway done – they were a big hit and easy to make . . . . too a bit of ink though. 🙂
The boys and I searched high and low for these old school dodgeballs . . . I think they are called four square balls now? Anyway, we hit up four stores and couldn’t find them. My wife was great to stop at some stores by her work and we finally found some! She used acrylic paint and did the angry birds by hand.
One of the ‘sad parts’ of the planning process was deciding who to invite . . . because the boys had been commuting to school and also, with their autism, they really don’t have a lot of close friends around. Their best friends are ones that they met in school last year and are now, at three or four different schools across the valley. So, we decided to invite some of those friends + a few teachers as well. We’re also lucky the boys have two cousins who live relatively close by that we can see.
I think having any kind of party with close to 10 kids can be stressful but add in the fact that half of those ten had autism and. . . . . well . . . you just hope for the best. In all honesty, the party went exceptionally well! It was so nice to see how quickly the kids ‘regrouped’ with each other despite not seeing everyone for four months. Most of them had to make the dreaded “commute” that we did all of last year – with a major instate BYU vs. Utah fball game going on later that evening, we were very grateful for everyone who made the trek out.
We had a number of outdoor games for the kids to play. My wife’s company had recently moved to a new building so she brought some of those boxes home and we used green balloon piggies for the targets. The kids really enjoyed themselves and honestly, it was a great night – I think the party turned out better than we could’ve expected. Thanks to all those who play such an important role in our boys’ lives. We appreciate it more than you’ll ever know!