A good time was had by all…

We ended Huck’s third birthday celebrations with a good old fashioned party. My birthday philosphy is like this Kids+toys=fun. So I am sort of low key about it. Here’s a slip n slide, a splash pool some squirt guns, some water balloons and some sugar. Have fun storming the castle!

And they did. Our front yard ended up being a total mudpit and the ladies in the group removed themselves to the backyard for snacks and inside for other toys while the boys ran and jumped and slid till the pool was the most revolting brown and they were covered in grass and dirt.


Huck being three and having not started school before, has a friend group that pretty much consists of the little siblings of Max’s friends. I was particularly touched that Max’s entire school class showed up to play, bringing little sibs along. Such a great group of kids, and you know? The kindness and love they have always showed Huck and showed him at his party was so sweet. They all seem to view one another’s little siblings as part of the communal group and look out for them. So a bunch of 5 almost 6 year olds partying for a 3 year old was just a good time. It was so sweet how they helped him with the pinata and always checked on him to make sure he was okay. Huck was a little overwhelmed by it all but he ended up having a great time and I had to finally truly admit that I love it here in Maryland. I do. I love these kids and I will miss them when they all head off to different elementary schools in the fall.

I am fairly certain that all the Lightning McQueen toys, clothes, and books in our area have been purchased. So if you’re looking for anything McQueen in our area…sorry. Huck just about lost his mind opening “mine presents?”


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He was so excited to blow out his candles he couldn’t wait for the song to be finished. It was great.


Huck’s Auntie Kelly made his cake. Lightning McQueen of course!

Huck ended the day with a bonfire at his favorite, Miss Jackie’s and an outdoor movie. I think three was a success!

3 comments on “A good time was had by all…

  1. Kelly @ Turned up to Eleven! June 9, 2014 12:20 pm

    I think you have the BEST idea, and the perfect mindset for making any child’s birthday a success! Toys = Fun!!! This looks like a great time and I’m so happy all the kids came together to enjoy his big day! Makes me miss Maryland and the neighborhood where I grew up my whole life! We just moved into a great neighborhood in Alabama and I HOPE that when I have a kiddo he/she will have lots of friends to walk and talk to – with in the perimeters of our little hood.

    • Stephanie June 9, 2014 5:27 pm

      You know it took me a LONG time to get to this point, but I love it here and I love these kids and life here. My kids are having a REAL childhood (which is possible and does occur in Los Angeles!) But the schools are good here, there is fresh air and green spaces to play…I really love it.

  2. Delora June 11, 2014 4:15 pm

    That sounds like almost every single one of my son’s (August) birthday parties 🙂 We’d set up a wading pool, sprinkler, slip ‘n slide… when they got a bit older, I’d get water guns for all the guests that they could take home, and full up buckets worth of water balloons. Who needs a bounce house when you have water balloons?

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