We tried to get Josiah to go down for a nap, but to no avail. We did work on preparing him for this down time, but he just was too hyped up for his party to sleep. We did make him stay in his room though for the whole time that he "would have" slept so that we could prepare for the party though. I went outside and set up his Thomas the Tank Engine fort (a gift he got for Christmas last year), the new slip and slide that Grandma & Grandpa bought (with this shark mouth at the end that goes up and down to try and "eat" the sliders as they go down the slide), and also to blow up and put water in his little wading pool (which ended up getting two holes in it, one in the top ring and one in the bottom).
A little bit before 4pm (when his party was scheduled), I sent Grandma in to his room to change him into his swim clothes and his first words to her were, "Are my guests here yet?" She got a big kick out of that one!
The guests did arrive soon after four and we did the cake first. Daddy has taught Josiah how to hold up three fingers for being three and so I caught him doing it with his three candles lit as well. Josiah also has what we call this "Happy Birthday Song Face" that he gets every time someone sings the song for him. He did variations of this at his 1st, 2nd and now 3rd birthday. You can see he is half smiling with his tongue out a bit. That is the face I am speaking of.
When we cut the cake, he wanted "the blue balloon" for his piece, and so I had to creatively cut the cake to retrieve it. He wasn't as messy eating the cake as in years past, but he did still get blue on his face and all over his tongue from the frosting.
Then after the cake, we told him there was a surprise outside and when he saw it he said, "Oh boy," and started running fast down the stairs to the back yard to see all the things Mommy had set up back there. As you can see he took a dip in the pool, only to discover that it was rather cold on his tootsies. He soon got over being wet though as it was a super hot day and I am sure the water felt good on this active little guy.
Here are some of the pictures of Josiah's "guests" of which there were 11 in all (including the adults) and technically 13 if you count my brother and his friend who came briefly at the beginning of the party. These are the kids of our friend's from church the Arndt's.
And this is a group from Sharel's family (our babysitter) who also came to celebrate with us.
Grandma and Grandpa also got Josiah a wagon for his birthday. Some of the older girls pulled the kids around the yard in it and they had a blast. This wagon will get a lot of use in a house full of boys I am sure! Thanks Grandma and Grandpa!
Here is a funny picture of soaking wet Josiah greeting the Caleb boy. You will note that Caleb has a nice big, square lip as well. And for once this wasn't from something Josiah did to him. We figured out that he would put out his square lip every time he felt a mist of water blow on him from the sprinkler. At first, I thought he was tired or something until we felt this large gush of water mist on us and he started crying real bad and then I knew he just didn't like the cold mist on his face. Daniel is sitting on Grandma's lap in the background and Grandpa is videotaping the whole thing as well. As a side note on sharing videos on the blog in the future, I plan to, but David and I are working on figuring out the software to be able to work with the various video clips to cut them and make them presentable, and so hopefully soon I can start sharing more video clips with you all.
It was an exhausting day for all of us, but a memorable one and Josiah had such fun! His friends all seemed to enjoy themselves too. From the sandbox, to the pool, to the Thomas the Train fort, to the slip and slide, to the wagon, they all seemed to play and play until they dropped. Happy Birthday to our first little, now bigger Pumpkinhead!