Monday, July 27, 2015

The Birthday

In years past, we have always had Liam's birthday party on his actual birthday.  But we mixed things up this year (big deal for "I hate change" me), and instead threw his party the day after.  This left his entire birthday for all day fun, since I didn't have to worry about party prep.  Best decision ever!!!  Liam's birthday is July 24th, which is also Pioneer Day (a Mormon holiday that is a really big deal in Salt Lake City).  This has always bugged me a bit (ridiculous I know), but because of this Conor always has Liam's birthday off of work.  So we celebrate!

The morning kicked off with the annual visit from the balloon man!  This was the first year that Liam actually woke up in his own bed and was completely in awe of the surprise.  "There are balloons EVERYWHERE!  The boo-man is sneaky!"  I simply love carrying on this tradition that my dad started.  Then it was time for Liam's favorite breakfast, which is currently crepes.  He likes them strictly with nutella (and he put back three) while Conor & I devoured huckleberry crepes, picked by yours truly.  




For our morning activity, we headed to one of the local reservoirs for a little beach time!  One of Liam's birthday presents was a set of new pails for his sandbox, so he was pumped to bring them along!  It was pretty crowded considering the holiday, but Liam didn't seem to notice.  He was busy digging & swimming, just completely in his element!



We tried to relax as much as possible in the afternoon since we had an exciting evening ahead.  We took Liam to his 2nd Bees (baseball) game, but it didn't start until 6:30pm.  We were looking at a potential disaster of an evening, but we took the optimistic route.  Liam seemed to love the excitement of the stadium, but particularly enjoyed the peanuts and foam finger that he just had. to. have.  He may have been a tad bored by the end, but immediately after the game was over we went down on the field for a Pioneer Day fireworks show!  It was extra special just to be on the field, and the show did not disappoint.  It was short (which is perfect for a toddler, especially a toddler awake in the 9 o'clock hour), but pretty incredible.  Liam was mesmerized, letting out a "wow" during a short pause in the show.  Finn was pretty into it too!  

And then even though Liam's eyes were practically glazed over with tiredness at this point, the stadium let all the little kids run the bases, so of course we didn't pass up that opportunity!  Liam insisted upon running it himself, so off he went with all the speed & confidence he could muster!  He hit first base & kept at it... About half way to second, he slowed way down and the tears started flowing.  Break my heart!  But nevertheless, he kept running so we waited at home base.  He rounded third base with tears still coming and calling for Daddy.  It was the saddest & cutest moment all in one.  Our boy was tired, and it was quite the long distance for his little legs.  He was all smiles once back in our arms, so all was well again.  




We talked about fireworks the entire drive home as we kept seeing them pop up all over the city!  I think his special day went perfectly, ending with one worn out boy!  And this was only Friday, we still had the whole weekend to keep celebrating!!!



17 comments :

  1. Pretty special to always have his daddy home on his birthday! We had Noah's birthday party on his actual birthday the first year and since then decided not to... I liked being able to actually spend time doing fun things instead of worrying about party prep. I don't like how Noah's birthday is so close to Halloween. The kids are all sugared and partied out. So this year we are having his friend party a couple weeks early to avoid this.

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  2. So much fun!!! We did the same thing, her party on a different day then her birthday, such a good decision!

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  3. That is such a sweet way to spend a birthday. Lots of awws from running the bases...sweet and sad like you said. I hate change too. Definitely love my traditions and get twitchy if they need to be tweaked at all.

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  4. Such a sweet boy! Talk about breaking mama's heart during that run, right? How proud of him were you that he pushed himself to finish though?!
    I'm also with you, I think I would be a bit annoyed if one of my babies shares a birthday with a holiday. I mean they are our babies and they deserve their own special day, right? :)
    Glad yall got to watch some fireworks together too!

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  5. So much fun!! Totally understand not wanting to share his birthday with a holiday...Landry Kate was born this past New Year's Day and I keep thinking, 'great...everyone will be hung over for her birthday!' lol but then I remember that everyone will have the day off work every year and we will always get to countdown to her birthday! So maybe we can make it a good thing! :) By the way...love the balloon man tradition!! So fun!

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  6. Oh! Happy birthday gorgeous boy! What a fun day! Baseball, beach, balloons! Perfect 3rd birthday!

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  7. What a perfect birthday!! Love that he was able to finish running the bases - that is the cutest thing ever!

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  8. Wow, what a truly special day! The photos are just perfect. I absolutely adore the idea of the balloon man. Our little guy turns a year old in two months (I still can't believe it) and I am always looking for fun traditions to add to our family. Thank you so much for sharing the special day.

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  9. What a great birthday! I LOVE the balloon man tradition! That is so much fun!

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  10. Oh my gosh, how cool!!! I love that his birthday falls on a holiday so Conor automatically has off. Might be annoying to share your birthday with a holiday but at least you know your dad will be there to celebrate with you :)
    So glad he was able to see and enjoy fireworks as I know the 4th of July celebration ended badly and you were hoping for something better. It sounds like he had a great actual birthday, including getting to run on the field! How cool is that!

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  11. Sounds like an awesome birthday filled with tons of fun stuff!! You'll have to share your crepes recipe sometime. He is so blonde too. It really shows in that beach photo!

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  12. I love the balloons to kick off the morning..!! How perfect Conor gets that day off and you can be together as a family. Sounds like the fireworks were worth the wait. What a special day. :)

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  13. What a perfect day, I love the balloon tradition! Now I need to learn how you make those delicious crepes! Xo, Stephanie

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  14. What an AWESOME day!! And my mama heart totally teared up over the thought of him running with tears! Such a big boy!!

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  15. My Mason turned 2 on 7/24. Its a good day to be born :-) Happy birthday Liam!!!!

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    1. I like to think it's a pretty good one! ;-)

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