In what is becoming tradition, we again had Tobias’ birthday party a month early this year. His Name Day is November 2, and celebrating around then allows his birthday to be differentiated from Christmas and avoids scheduling conflicts with friends’ increasingly busy December schedules. (We still celebrate his birthday on December 6 as a family.)
This past year, Tobias has developed quite a love of trains. We conveniently have an active train track running near our house that he loves to watch every day from our front window. In recognition of this passion, we planned a train party for him! Here are some pictures from his party on the 8th.
Signs welcomed guests to McKenzie Station and Platform No. 3. The food table and treat bag table greeted guests just inside the kitchen.
Train tracks lead from the living room, through a tunnel, to the kids’ bedroom. There, they found a train with a black balloon “coal car” chained to the engine with white balloon “smoke”. It was so much fun putting it all together, but it necessitated a new tradition.
Daddy took Tobias out for breakfast, thereby keeping the party set-up relatively safe until the party began. Kajsa stayed home with Mama in her cute little train engineer outfit.
Tobias’ friend, Adelle, enthusiastically joined in the train play.
And then they decided to read all the books on the shelf. (Please note Tobias’ hand on her shoulder. They are so funny and cute when they interact.)
Tobias’ friend Jean also came, and here they are all enjoying juice out of their train sippy cups.
Kajsa playing with train cars with Jean’s eldest sister.
Tobias playing with his beloved dump truck Jean gave him. It has buttons! And a traffic cone and sign!
Blowing out his candle in yummy Tracycakes Bakery Babycakes.
Kajsa having a Babycake with Adelle’s mum…
Adelle and Tobias having one with Daddy…
And Jean over on a chair in the kitchen. Cuties!
These friends looking through the book Adelle gave him. Superman Colors! This book has become Tobias’ absolute favourite. We read it together multiple times a day.
And after all the party excitement, these two settled down together with train sticker books from their treat bags.
It was such a fun birthday party! And with how much more Tobias has been talking lately, he really does feel so much older now. Another tradition we’ve been doing is to take a picture of him each birthday holding last year’s picture. You can see how much he’s changed since his second–and even more his first–birthday!