[4th Birthday] Birthday Weekending.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

July is birthday month for our family. This week alone is three birthdays, but the whole month has at least six birthdays that we all celebrate. It's a bit crazy and hectic, but super fun!

This past weekend, I made it a point to start celebrating Mason's birthday. With his actual birthday being yesterday, on a Monday, a weekday, I knew I wouldn't be able to adequately celebrate it the way I wanted to, so we started early and made it a weekend affair!

Friday Night

On Friday night, we decided to cash in our Chick-fil-a "buy a meal in June and get whatever was on your receipt from that June day free in July" so we headed there for dinner. After dinner, we went to the grocery store to get some cupcakes for Mason to bring to school on Monday to share with his friends. I asked him what he wanted to bring to school to celebrate and he said "cuh-cakes!" so cupcakes is what we got! After the grocery store, we came home for a bit and then I met my sister in law at Party City to do some party shopping. We had originally just planned on getting some balloons for the party on Sunday as well as some festive plates and such, and then we walked up to the counter to pay for the balloons and I saw Chase from Paw Patrol. It was expensive, but I knew Mason would love it. So, I got it! I shoved Chase in the back of my car and I was off to decorate the hallway outside of Mason's room to surprise him in the morning.




Saturday

Saturday morning, Mason woke up to a huge (literally) surprise - a huge Chase balloon (54" tall!) and a bunch of small balloons all over the floor! To say he was surprised and excited would be an understatement!

Mason was supposed to have his Saturday ABA school from 9am-2pm so I wanted to sneak in a little birthday breakfast before we had to drop him off. Last year, Mason wasn't a big donut person so we made a huge stack of pancakes for him. He loved it so much that I wanted to continue the tradition this year. So a big stack of blueberry pancakes it was!

Plans changed and his ABA therapist was sick, so we cancelled his therapy. We unexpectedly had some extra time, so I snapped a few pictures of Mason and his balloon and we ran to Whole Foods to get some stuff. Seth had had afternoon plans to take his Grandma to lunch while I went to LA to go to the American Girl store to celebrate my niece's birthday, so he brought Mason with him as a surprise for Bubbie. Of course she was over the moon to see her Great Grandson!

It was my first time at the American Girl store and let me tell you... WHOA was it overwhelming! I also must admit, I am pretty glad I have a boy! Ha! I think I spent the least out of everyone there!

My sister in law had set up a lunch for us at the American Girl Cafe and to be honest, I didn't have high expectations. I mean, I knew it would be good, but I didn't expect it to be THIS GOOD. Seriously, the food was AMAZING. We were greeted with some cinnamon buns, then served a platter of veggies and hummus, cheese, and pretzel bread and honey mustard. Then we got to choose our meal (I had the salmon - it was DELICIOUS) and then we finished off our meal with some birthday cake and ice cream in a little flower pot. We left stuffed but happy!

We did a little shopping, sat in 2 hours worth of traffic on the way home, and then my other niece and I baked lots of goodies for the birthday party on Sunday.


















Sunday

Sunday was party day! We all woke up early-ish, had some breakfast, got ready, and then looked at a couple houses (that we didn't like - boo!). We had a quick lunch and then headed over to my sister in law's house for party time! We swam for a couple hours and then had some dinner and cake with our family and friends. We got home super late on Sunday night, but since Monday was Mason's actual birthday, I still wanted to make it special, so I decorated his door with some streamers. Nothing fancy, but a little festive.










Monday

Monday was business as usual. I went to work and Mason went to school. I picked him up slightly early to run to Costco to get some batteries for his new toys (that he BEGGED me to build in the morning before we left). We came home and built as much as we could (why do boys toys always come unassembled!) before Seth got home. Once he got home, we got ready, and headed out to dinner, just the three of us, for Mason's birthday. We had a great dinner at Lazy Dog Cafe followed up by the BEST white chocolate chip brownie.




It was seriously the BEST weekend celebrating all the birthdays!

HAPPY 4TH BIRTHDAY MASON!





24 comments:

  1. I love the neverending birthday weekend =) although it does tend to end...but it sure is fun to celebrate for days!!! The American Girl store would overwhelm me. I never was into that, and Aria already has one that baffles me lol. Love the sliver of Mason in the doorway to see his balloons...did you sit in the hallway waiting lol?

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  2. Looks like you had a wonderful time. I have had plenty of time at the American Girl store myself, lol!

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  3. Sounds like he had such a fun birthday! I love all the stuff you guys did.

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  4. So much celebrating and so many sweets. I love it all. Looks like the perfect weekend friend. I also love it when little places to eat like that surprise you too. We have yet to got to an AG store ourselves, can't even imagine how overwhelming it would be.

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  5. I LOVE that you put all those balloons out for Mason to wake up to. I may need to steal that idea next week! ;) The picture of Mason with his pancakes is just so adorable. Sounds like Mason had a pretty fantastic birthday weekend!

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  6. What a fun weekend. I love how you all can celebrate with family, both those having birthdays and just with the crew. It's fun to see Mason celebrate with his love of Paw Patrol.

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  7. Love that you got him the Paw Patrol Balloon. And the look on his face, priceless! So happy that you captured that. Such a fun weekend! Love how you celebrate birthdays.

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  8. That sounds like a pretty fabulous birthday weekend if you ask me! I'll be over next June for my birthday weekend. ;)

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  9. OH my gosh!! What a fabulous weekend of celebrating! And that American Girl party?? Amazing!

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  10. July is definitely a month of celebrating for you guys! Chick Fil A is so awesome and they always do so much for the community! I love how you guys celebrated Mason all weekend! That Chase balloon is awesomesauce! His face when he saw the balloons is priceless! The American Girl store – whoa! I’ve seen how much my friend has spent there before. Like 1 shopping trip was $600+. That’s wild to me! And makes me thankful I have a boy as well. Ha. Great photos!

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  11. Wow, you had a full weekend! So many fun things! I love the balloon surprise for him that you set up :) The American Girl place sounds pretty cool, not gonna lie. I have to say I'm a little bit looking forward to when Reese is old enough for that kind of thing! Birthday weeks are so much fun!

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  12. I love a whole birthday weekend! I would love a tradition of a stack of pancakes that look that good every year! And American Girl for the win with the lunch. That looks amazing! So glad you all had a great weekend! Happy Birthday again Mason!

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  13. Celebrating all weekend long sounds like the BEST way to ring in turning 4! That Chase balloon is so freaking amazing. We got a 4' Mickey balloon when Marcus turned 2, and that thing hung around for MONTHS. You basically now have a pet dog that requires no work. :)

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  14. Ok happiest little dude EVER right there! His smile is so beautiful! Now I may be wayyyy off on the boy toys needing assembling but I would guess its because boys like to do hands on tinkering type stuff (right?) Now tell me more about this house hunting venture!!!

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  15. What a FUN weekend! I love the big Paw Patrol balloon. Putting together toys... not so much fun. Thank goodness Henry is starting to be able to put together his own Lego sets!

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  16. I'd be thrilled to have a Monday birthday when it means you get to celebrate all weekend!!! Seriously though, who needs a real party when you make such a big deal of his birthday with all the balloons, streamers, and pancakes! It just shows you that birthdays can be special with some simple but super thoughtful gestures! Noah's birthday this year is on a Wednesday and he will be in school. Though they will celebrate it there, this will be the first year he won't be home all day to celebrate. Think I'll have to follow your lead and go crazy on the weekend!

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  17. What a fabulous weekend! The look on Mason's face in the shopping picture is killing me. He's so dang cute. & the American Girl party...I want one for my next birthday, that looks amazing! :)

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  18. Great celebrations..!! You've got me craving some SUGAR. :) I love the big, bright smile on Mason's face throughout it all. Happy 4th, Mason!!

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  19. What a fun weekend! XOXO Happy Birthday to your sweet boy!

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  20. He looks so happy in all the pics! Happy late bday Mason!

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  21. i have ALWAYS wanted to go to the american girl store and do a full day of GIRL. but none of my girls like dolls (lame). anyways, such a fun birthday weekend full of celebrations!

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  22. Best birthday weekend ever!! I love all of the photos and Mason's smiles! What a lucky and happy boy.

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  23. My two year old had a PAW Patrol themed birthday, too! He loves it!

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