There were a few failed attempts to snag one on eBay (I wasn't willing to pay more than $20), and then one day - as always happens to us if we just wait long enough - there one was, sitting on the shelf at Goodwill, just waiting for us. For $5! I still have some - though certainly not all, and certainly not a few of my favorites - tapes from my own childhood. We rounded out the collection with a few more we picked up at thrift stores for 25 cents each. Sly loves it, and has been listening to music at naptime every day. I can't explain how heartwarming it is to hear him (via the baby monitor) begin to learn and love some of my own childhood favorites. We also gave him a toolkit which has been a huge hit.
We gave Stella a Rock-a-Stack, which is amazingly one of the only toys we don't already own (or so it feels some days...) and Good Night Pittsburgh - a cute book featuring local places (I think they make them for other cities too).
And of course they got a billion other gifts from friends and family, and we're feeling a little overwhelmed by toys once again, and I think another silent purge is in order soon.
The birthday party went well. I did a Peter Rabbit/Beatrix Potter theme, mostly because it involved very little work for me. That's the theme of the kids' bedroom/nursery, so I just kinda raided their room for decor a half hour before the party.
|It's not a party without punch! This is just the traditional pineapple juice+ginger ale+sherbet. Always a big hit.|
|Table is still a little bare because Sly's cake was in the fridge. Stella got Beatrix Potter cupcakes.|
|Utilizing bookends as a napkin holder.|
|Sly loved his dirt cake with worms and dinosaur candles. The plants are real, but edible - it's mint! I saw the idea in a magazine, and would never have thought to do it, but it makes a nice touch.|
|This cutie pie kept her party hat on the entire time :-)|
There were only two other children as guests, and both of them were with their parents. We kept the invitees to family and a few close (adult) friends. But it was still pretty exhausting dealing with my hostess duties as well as a much-too-hyper birthday boy all afternoon. I am definitely not ready for the type of kids' parties where you invite just other children and then have to keep them entertained for a few hours!!