When we set the date for our beach vacation, we wanted to have it around Hudson’s birthday. We decided that instead of a big party with his friends, we’d have a fun family party while we were all at the beach. All of the grandparents would already be there, we could do presents, cake, and lots and lots of beach and pool time.
On the morning of Hudson’s birthday, we had the table at the beach house covered in presents from Todd and me, KK and Poppie, and RC and PC. We had also gone to Publix in Mt. Pleasant the night before to pick up a bunch of balloons for him, including a Toy Story balloon.
When Hudson woke up and came into the breakfast room, we were all singing “Happy Birthday” to him. He saw all of his “people,” all of his presents and there were candles to blow out in an Eggo waffle. Big fun!
He opened his presents and got some really fun things. This is the first year we’ve really done birthday presents for him, and it was fun watching him get into it.
He got a fun Melissa & Doug sandwich set, a bubble lawn mower, a Leap Pad, a doctor’s kit, and a really fun pop up tunnel and tent that he and Hayes can play in together!
I think his favorite “present” of the day was the Mickey Mouse Clubhouse card that played the theme song. He thought that was pretty great. And Hayes loved dancing along to the music.
We spent the day on the beach making sand castles and playing in the water. Todd, Poppie, and RC were all great about getting out in the ocean with Hudson to throw the football or just toss Hudson up in the air and catch him.
He was pretty exhausted when he got done playing. Exhausted and cold! This picture just makes me laugh.
During naps, I fixed bow tie fiesta because Hudson really does like it. He didn’t happen to eat it that night (surprise, surprise), but that’s the appetite of a preschooler. The day before his birthday, I ordered a dinosaur cake from Publix for him and it was just the greatest thing! This cake was pretty cheesy, but Hudson absolutely loved it. It had dinosaurs, trees, volcanos, and any other fun thing a boy that loves dinosaurs would like. Hudson flipped out and started screaming about how much he loves dinosaurs as soon as he saw the cake. And Publix cakes just taste the best!
It was a great day. A really great, low stress, fun day for all of us. And I know that our precious boy felt celebrated.
And just to prove that birthdays are not exempt from meltdowns, here is a picture from about five seconds before Hudson saw his birthday cake. Full meltdown mode.