So, due to some humorous timing on God's part, we had our two boys almost exactly 2 years apart. Jude was born at the end of July, Noah at the end of August. In other words, we have the delightful prospect of 3 months of back-to-back family birthdays (mine is at the end of September). Since this year was Noah's first birthday, and since we had done all kinds of handmade illustrations, paintings, and DIY projects for Jude's 3rd birthday only 4 weeks earlier, I decided to do a similar poster art thing for Noah. The theme for both boys was based on their favorite books (Jude's was "Little Blue Truck." Noah's was "Don't let the Pigeon Drive the Bus.") Yes, it was an accident that both of our boys's birthdays were literary themes. But I guess I'm nerdy and bibliphilic enough to get SUPER EXCITED about these book-themed parties. I was, however, a bit exhausted since we had only just finished all of the massive paintings for Jude's party two weeks before I started on Noah's.
So I'm guessing that most of you fall into one of these three categories:
1: You do not have a child under the age of 8.
2: You don't read picture books.
3: You've never heard of Mo Willems's awesome book "Don't let the Pigeon Drive the Bus."
Well you're in luck because I will give you the quick-and-dirty on this awesome Pigeon Book Series by one of our favorite authors. The pigeon is this little blue guy who is snarky to the core, ridiculously self-entitled, and obsessed over:
- Things that Go!
- Hot Dogs!
- Various Cheeses
- Knuffle Bunny!
- Staying Up Late!
- Doing whatever he wants!
He spends every book trying to convince you or the duckling to let him do whatever it is that he wants to do at the moment. Here's a little excerpt:
(or you could watch the movie version here.)
Pigeon in Process - Photos of my crazy nights for two weeks before Noah's party:
Yes, there were a LOT of late nights, but on the bright side, I listened to 3 books and enjoyed my Nespresso machine so much!
In the process however, I got glitter everywhere. It was in my mouth, my eyes, sparkling in my hair, and even inside Noah's diaper (please, don't ask. I don't know). Justin was ready to murder me or at least ban me from "his kitchen" by the time I was finished be-sparkling everything in sight. It's been a few weeks but I think there's still glitter in our floorboards...
Exhibit A: I'm shamefully guilty of an unhealthy affection for glitter decor.
FINALLY, the day of Noah's party arrived and we were (almost) ready! Justin made his own, homemade sausages (which I did not eat because I do not like sausage) which were a MAJOR hit!
Thanks to Justin's Dad, Mitchell, we had an AMAZING photo booth (see bottom of this post for a little more on that). All in all, it was a beautiful, mild August day and we had so much fun with our friends! Here are the pics:
That black box attached to the top left is a small speaker with a button that plays a "beep beep beep" whenever a kiddo pressed it. Yes, my father-in-law is crazy good!
Unfortunately, since that awesome photo prop is now part of Jude's room, we can hear a suspicious "beep beep beep" late at night followed by a host of stifled giggles. :D