So this was our first, and last, attempt at a combined birthday party for the kids. Admittedly, it was me that pushed for the combined part, so it was pretty much my lesson learned while everyone else got to say I told you so.
There were just, too, many, children there. I have even more respect, now, for Joe's Kindergarten teacher, being able to wrangle these kids each day. I don't know how she does it. There were a couple little hooligans that will NEVER be invited back to our home, and even one that I asked Joe to steer clear of at school.
I would like to say that I learned to be a more patient person during the party, but really, the opposite happened. I learned about my own limitations when it comes to hosting multiple children at once. This, I now know, is not a good idea for me in the future.
I won't go into the details, but let's just say, at the end of the day, I was so happy they all left.
Oh, and I even threw my back out wrapping my Mom in toilet paper for one of the games...how sad is that. It was to the point that I could hardly move, even breathing hurt.
Mom was a HUGE help! Thanks Mom! She really picked up my slack when my back went wacky, and she made the darn cutest cakes ever.
I took some really cute pics of the kids that I plan on putting in their thank you cards, but I can't post them here, as I don't have their parent's permission. So, I'll just show the ones that focus on my kids.