Ava made up her mind months ago that she wanted a camping party for her birthday. I was not sure how to pull it off exactly. They don't really make camping themed party goods. And I certainly don't have any expertise or vast knowledge about camping. I've only been once in my life. Even as a camping novice, I do know, however, that s'mores are the backbone of any good camping experience. Thus, the party began with making s'mores around a good old-fashioned campfire.
Then we took a "nature walk" around the backyard to collect leaves. We made nature rubbings with the leaves using crayons and paper. After that, it was time for cake!
Then Ava opened her presents, one of which was a hammock. Lucas enjoyed trying it out.
It was a fun day. Ava and her friends had a good time. Now we get to do this all over again next weekend when Lucas turns 2! He's having a train party with a few little friends. Sometime between now and then, I expect my nephew to be born...the very first cousin for my kids! So from now on, this particular week of the year from Jan-30-Feb 8 will be known as "the birthday explosion blow-out jam-packed never-ending party event of the year." And I'm going to love every minute of it...