Tatum’s Birthday Part I (among way too many parts)

Tatum becoming four started about six months ago. She’s almost four. Geez, it has gone from a whisper to a still small voice to a SCAAAREEEEEEAM the past few days. Why? Because it is here folks. She is nearer to four than ever!  At least the party part of becoming four.

We needed to get her all cleaned up for the big shindig, so I introduced her to her new towel. Yes, my little droid couldn’t wait to wrap herself up in this robotic splendor. Now would she unwrap to get into the tub?



Once clean, after literally an hour of bath time (which by the way was SO FINE with me since I had much to do before the party), she got herself all ready for the party. Well, she got out of the tub, actually and wondered what she’d wear. I reminded her it was SuperHero theme and she was going to be BatGirl. Of course!
I headed over to the park to set up, and Doug was to come over, pick her up, pick other stuff up, pick up the pace, and get all (and then some) over there by 4!

Doug bought some balls and playdoh for the kids (and balloons), and honestly I couldn’t have done it without all of his help.

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Superhero gift bags for the kids equipped with mask and cape. IMG_4730 IMG_4728

 The arrivals began as Doug entered with all the goodies. Kelly and Nyla came and joined the fun first. 20161118_162001_resizedIMG_4738Next, Lori and Avery came.


It was time to pull out the soccer balls, but first….the arrival occurred. In a distance, there he was… Robert. He came with daddy Scott and Westin.

Robert came already dressed in his Superman gear, but in her book, he already is her Superman. Look at these two.
20161118_162137_resizedYou can have no fear knowing these two will fight all the bad guys.
20161118_162138_resizedTime for soccer
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Cana came and we marveled at the kids playing and their fun masks and capes.
20161119_162711_resizedThen the rest started coming: Scott and Little Westin pose

Sharon (my dear friend)

Melissa, Ethan, Sophie, Gabby


Amy  (Jack eating ice cream)

Mark (Amy’s hubby) and my mom talked politics while Amy and I chatted

I joined them for a moment of silence to praise Trump’s victory. 20161118_165236_resized20161118_164532_resized

Then it was time for the CAKE!!

Mom made one and bought the other. SO AWESOME!
IMG_4949Mom surprised me with this one!


Then she made this one for Tot also! The rings were a hit. (which one do you think?????) IMG_6858

IMG_6869 IMG_6881 IMG_6882Delicious. (She’s thinking?)
After having a few bites (haha) of cake, Tatum had the other kind. Then, it was time for a present or two. Jason was worried about her liking his gift so he made sure she had a bit of a high before she opened it. UP she goes (he’s like 6’5′ or so feet tall!) ! It was so nice of him to come; Susan was home sick.

It was a hit! Paddington is always a hit. 20161118_173708_resized 20161118_173707_resized

Them Majo and William (with little Christian) came. They are such kind neighbors. IMG_6885

As we headed out, Tatum put her bears in Westin’s stroller since she wanted to hug Denise and Petro. They made a late entrance, but we were so grateful they came. 20161118_173828_resized20161118_174008_resized20161118_174006_resized
After the fist pumping, hugs and lots of love going around, we headed out. Wonderful Doug helped with the gifts. 

(did you catch this: The baby and Paddington were NOT with Tatum when we got home. Remember? WESTIN’S stroller!!?)

This saga is to be continued……

(OH, before I continue, the photographer (wonderful Doug, the best BF in all of the world) was in ONE pic): IMG_6889

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