We layed out a new car rug with presents on top during the night, so when EZ woke up to use the bathroom at 6 AM he saw the pile and whispered "Mom... are those PRESENTS?" And then he said, "Let's just look closer at the carpet." (it was still dark because it was early and it was raining outside.) And since I had just fed Sully and he wasn't totally back to sleep yet, we flipped the lights on & got Matt out of bed to start the birthday celebrations!
If there was only one thing to say about EZ it would be that he's enthusiastic. He gets excited about anything big or small and is a top notch present receiver. He flipped over his new dinosaurs (Brex the T-Rex & Arnie the Triceratops are the names he gave them immediately) and then flipped again over some new cars. We ate donuts and sang happy birthday and then played all morning being dinosaurs and fighting dragons and crushing cars. His brain is so awesome & he loves pretend play so very much.
Matt and I have a rule that if at all possible, birthdays should not be spent at work. So Matt took the day off and we had planned on taking EZ to Cowabunga Bay water park, but with 70 degree weather and thunderstorms... that wasn't going to happen. So I grabbed the coupon book, we dressed in our gym clothes, dropped Sully with his grandma, and high tailed it over to Classic Skating. We spent over two hours chasing EZ around the bouncy houses & slides, shooting nerf balls at each other, roller skating, eating slushies, and climbing around the jungle. It was SO FUN. I am so glad it was raining because I think EZ enjoyed Classic so much more than a water park! We left our phones in the car, were DRENCHED in sweat basically the whole time from playing so hard, and played until EZ was ready to sleep. It was so fun being alone with each other with nothing to do but play... and Matt and I are already scheming a date night to go back! Ha.
EZ napped for almost three hours while Matt and I finished party prep... and hallelujah! the rain stopped so we could have his party outside like we had planned. EZ invited a few neighbor friends along with his cousins for a Dinosaur Stomp and (not to brag) it was DINO-MITE. Matt and I weren't stressed, the kids seemed to have fun, there was plenty of food and the weather was great. Everyone was so generous with their gifts and there weren't any huge meltdowns. EZ ran up and hugged every guest when they arrived and was so happy to have his friends and cousin friends at his house for his dinosaur party! (I wish you could hear him say it... he has these inflections that make it so good.) Also, Matt made the watermelon dinosaur and he also made the fondant Buddy cake topper (from dinosaur train)... but it melted and fell over right when the party started. Whoops! EZ was a bit confused at the wreck of a cake when he blew out the candles, but otherwise no big deal.
I love my people. We always take the happiest pictures on birthdays (and also forced ones... like this last one of EZ. He wanted to run off but I guess he understood that he owed me this picture! And also I'm not sure he'll ever stop wearing his party hat.)
Yesterday is going in the books as a mighty good day for the Thorups! We're so happy to have a three year old!