It seems like Joseph did not just have a birthday, but a birthday month. We started celebrating on labor day. After that, several cards came in the mailbox, so the festivities felt as if they continued. My mother arrived from Belgium for his birthday celebration on the fifteenth, which made the rest of the week feel like a vacation as well. On the nineteenth we had a party. Some guests were asked at the very last minute, but they came and we had the loveliest of easy going birthday parties.
We re used some paper plates from earlier birthday parties, I made a cake (but you read all about that in the previous post) and we served soup and hotdogs. The children sat at their own little table in the playroom, which is across the hallway, open to the dining room. It was informal, simple, and so much fun.
Two days after that big birthday party, came the 'real birthday'. The intention was that there would only be the little snacks as a celebration that he took to preschool. But there still was a big gift from Mimi.
And then mail brought a box full of Lego's from his Godfather (Pooh Lego duplo which Michael also LOVED). And since it was Ama's last evening she wanted to spoil both of her boys one more time by giving them Clifford and TBone stuffed animals. We made a box of homemade Auntie Annie's pretzels, which are a big favorite. Despite a lot of 'help' they turned out quite nicely too.
So in the end, Joseph's real birthday turned into a third birthday party anyhow.
Only one more week till Michael's Saint's day, and then about a month till All Saints and All Souls and thus Halloween. Then a short few weeks till Thanksgiving, Saint Nicholas, and Christmas is glistening close again. Oh my!