June 24, 2012
I think Max's birthday lasted a few days this year. We had the Shark Party with water slide on Saturday. Then on Sunday we spent the day as a family. We went swimming and then went to Build a Bear. Max loves to build new stuff animals. They always get really original names like "Beary" or "Dolphy," or "Froggie." Mary Kate is getting into the Build a Bear scene too now. She loved dressy her "Mimmie Bear" with clothes and bows. To end the night we went to see the newest Pixar movie "Brave." It was about a firey red headed princess who rebuilds her relationship with her mother. I thought it was a little heavy for my kids. There are a few intense bear scenes, but overall an ok movie.
June 25, 2012
We got up on Max's real Birthday and headed out for a surprise. We took both kids to a local water park for the day. Our fabulous neighbor gave us some awesome coupons to spend the day there. The kids had a blast on the slides and in the kids' area. We also enjoyed time in the shallow pools and wave pool. Mary Kate wasn't crazy about the wave pool, but Max thought he was at the beach diving in the waves. We all relaxed in the lazy river and we floated the area multiple times around.
Max told Pawpaw at the Memorial Day Crawfish Boil that he wanted Crawfish Etouffee for his birthday. So after the water park we headed over to the Kelley's house for Birthday dinner. My parents, Nanny Margaret, and Cheri were all able to join us. The etoufee was wonderful and Max ate a ton. I brought along some cupcakes from the party and we sang Happy Birthday again. This time Pawpaw added some birthday spankings. Max had waited all weekend for his gifts from his grandparents. He was thrilled when Pawpaw and Grandma gave him cash on Sunday to go to Build a Bear. Then they surprised him with another gift of Nerf Laser Tag Guns. I am not sure who was more excited about the guns, Jay or Max. They have played and played with them. Max ended the night with Bebe and Big Daddy's gift. It was one that we had all waited on. It has a valuable lesson behind it. Back in January Max helped Big Daddy shop for Bebe's new Kindle Fire reading tablet. During their shopping Max apparently asked for an iPad for his birthday. The details are a little sketchy, but knowing my father I am willing to bet he wasn't paying attention to the conversation. Max is a chatter box and I think Big Daddy was replying with "yeah, uh huh, right, yep, ok, uh huh, sure." Well, later that night when my Mom opened her gift Max piped up with, "and Big Daddy is getting me an iPad for my next birthday." The shock on Big Daddy's face was enough to know that he was not engaged in the conversation that he agreed to this gift. So for the rest of the family birthdays this spring Max has told everyone that "My Big Daddy is getting me an iPad. Yeah, he told me he was." Big Daddy was a good sport and shopped around to keep up his end of the deal. Max was elated when he pulled his very own iPad out of the box from Bebe and Big Daddy. We all just laughed and everyone learned to always pay attention when you are talking to Max. It was sad for me to see his birthday come to an end, but we were all exhausted from such a fabulous weekend.