MONTHS ago I started planning my daughter’s 3rd birthday party. I created a Toy Story 3 inspiration board on Pinterest and had all these grandiose ideas of what her party would be like. I wanted it to be casual but cute, with lots of activities for the kids. I even made a schedule that showed when I would make the party favors, the food, etc. so I wouldn’t rush around the day of her party like last year. Then my husband lost his job and our future was undetermined. We didn’t know what city or state we would be living in, when we would move or even if we could afford a party.
So flash forward and we’re now living in the Chicago area, having just moved here last week. The only items we have in our home are the things we could fit into our cars. The moving truck doesn’t arrive until tomorrow so we’ve been “roughing” it. Sleeping on air mattresses, eating off paper plates and until last Saturday, entertaining ourselves without the internet or cable television! The Toy Story 3 party was out of the question. Aside from not having the time or money to properly plan it, it just wouldn’t be the same without all of her little friends.
So instead we had a family day. We took my daughter to the Brookfield Zoo where she fed and brushed a goat, got to ride the giant carousel and her favorite activity, riding the tram. After a three hour nap (very atypical for my daughter – thank you to the zoo for wearing her out), we went to 2Toots restaurant where her food was served via train. After that it was home to have cake and ice cream and play Hungry Hungry Hippos. In her 3 years, this was the easiest birthday ever and probably the one she enjoyed the most.
Even though I didn’t get to throw her an elaborate birthday party with tons of “pinnable” pictures with every detail carefully planned, I did get to see the joy on her face as she got to spend the day with her two favorite people: mom and dad.