This year was supposed to be the year Aaliyah got the "invite people" party she has been asking for but we just didn't have time to plan it the way I wanted to so I was able to convince her to stick to our birthday tradition of doing things the birthday person wants to do for the whole day. This is how Aaliyah's day went:
First she asked to eat breakfast at Ikea and then to play in their Smaland play area. She loves the ball pit and coloring and I love the 99 cent breakfast!
Next we got some Jimmy Johns for lunch and headed to the "greatest park of all time" according to Aaliyah. I won't argue. They don't call it the "shoots & ladders" park for nothing. It's a pretty amazing park and both Aaliyah & Uriyah had lots of fun there.
We ended the day at the Brunswick bowling alley by our house. They have an arcade and Aaliyah had lots of fun running from game to game & racking up those prize tickets. Brunswick recently changed over their whole arcade so everything is run off of a "debit card" that holds your money balance now. Aaliyah really liked pretending she had a credit card and swiping to pay for the games. With all her winnings she was able to get a monkey figurine and a bright orange slinky.
We headed back home and cut into her Hello Kitty cake. This was a special request from Aaliyah and the first cake I have ever made and decorated for my kids. Although at first I thought it looked horrible, her smile when she looked at it made all that nonsense go away.
Next up is Uriyah's birthday and I'm sure there will be much more adventure for his special day. As the children get older I'm starting to realize more and more the differences between boys & girls.