This month is birthday month for the monkeys. I can’t believe that they are four already – although if you ask them they will tell you they are ten! To see my blog on the boys birthday, visit here.
Most people have one birthday but they have somehow managed to draw it out over 1.5 weeks!
So what did we get up to celebrate? Well we did loads of fun stuff and were lucky enough to have lots of family visiting! I guess you could say their birthday was split into three parts….
Ah the birthday party. As I said in a post a few months back, there is a huge benefit to having twins. Only one birthday party per year. I can tell you this, I could not help but think back on this comment last week!
We were lucky. We had family visiting and everyone chipped into help prepare. Although we were fairly organised, I still felt the stress on the morning of party day.
It didn’t help of course, that I had only started organising the party a few days before. This was due to a mixture of being away quite a bit beforehand, not getting a chance to see people to invite them and just letting life get in the way.
The party went off without a hitch.
We had a mixture of German and British kids attend and everyone played so nicely! There were very little arguments and the boys had a ball – which was the main thing!
We played some classic games, pin the tail on the donkey was a huge hit and I didn’t realise how streesfull pass the parcel! Trying to make sure every child got to unwrap a layer is a lot harder than you would think!
At the end of the party, we did a treasure hunt. We hid coins around the garden, which the kids could exchange for pressies and sweets to fill their party bags. This was such a huge hit, the kids loved it! I cant take the credit for this idea though, we had done a similar thing at a party a few weeks ago.
The boys ended up having a great day, ate far too many sweets and didn’t want the day to end. Which is exactly how it should be.
Mummy was mean though, the boys were only allowed to open two pressies after the party. I squirrelled away the rest to be handed out later on in the week.
The boys were not impressed, but they were pretty happy to get to open a pressie a day for the next week.
Oh and I managed to learn a thing or two this year about planning a party. So look out for my blog post next week as I discuss How NOT to plan a children’s birthday party.
The Birthday Day
The boys were lucky to have Grandma, Grandad, Mummy Dee Dee (aunt) and Daddy Dee Dee (uncle), Mummy and Daddy around on their birthday. This was a birthday treat in itself as we live so far away from all our loved ones.
We were very fortunate as we were also in the middle of a heatwave in Germany.
So there was only one thing for it, after opening pressies we headed to the outdoor pool! As the sun shone, we played in the pool, raced down the slides, enjoyed the warm weather and had a lovely picnic. It really was the stuff of memories.
For the boys birthday dinner we had a BBQ at home. It really was a lovely day.
The Kindergarten Party
As we had family visiting the week of the birthday we kept the boys off kindergarten.
So when they returned they had yet another birthday party! They had a great time eating cake. And they came home sporting homemade birthday hats!
I think you will agree it was a pretty busy time for the kids! They loved every minute and are already asking when they will have another birthday. What I am not sure they realise is that this will be their last birthday in Germany. We are planning a move back to London, so we are now counting down the lasts; last birthday, last christmas….
And yes just in case you are wondering, you can expect many posts about the struggles of moving home and country over the next few months!