Party Animals

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This is what Aiden looked like over 2 years ago.

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For the first time he is having a surprise birthday party at school.

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He was so excited.

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All year long his classmates and friends have been celebrating their birthdays.

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And he has waited since September, and is now finally having a party and soon reaching the Big 3!

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He wanted to skip lunch and go straight for the cake.

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Since he also had a Christmas performance that night, we both took the day off to kill 2 birds with one stone.

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Plus we know it’s extra special to him if we were both there.

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Family pictures!

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He was so happy, he didn’t want to see us go.

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Poor thing cried when we left, but luckily we came back 5 hours later.

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We wondered how he would behave at the performance this year.

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He did not run.

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He did not cry.

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He did sing the first song, but after that he stood there the whole time, quietly saying Mami and smiling the whole time.

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All the Christmas dancing and singing that he practiced was a no-show.

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He did try for just a little bit.

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But he does look extra sweet with the hat on, especially when he smiled with his mouth closed.

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Aiden made sure to stand smack in the front for this song.

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I think they normally put him in the front, along with the other boy who was at least a foot behind Aiden.

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They tried to tell him to move, but he wouldn’t budge.

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But at least we got good seats and he was in a jolly mood.

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They put toys in his hands to keep him occupied for the final few songs.

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It helped, he did stay in his spot.

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This year the performance started at a decent time but seemed much more disorganized.

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I think they had more young childrens this time.

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Aiden kept scooting close to Santa, and whoa this time he did not cry when he was on Santa’s lap. (the girl next to Aiden gave Aiden a big kiss one day.  She kept wanting Aiden to wait for her and asked him if they were friends.  too funny)

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The next day he had another Christmas party.

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Many gifts from the Aunties.

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The kids are lined up by age.

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I was shocked that Aiden would put his arms around little Caitlyn.

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All Mommies paired up with their kid, except Auntie on the left had to borrow a child since her son wanted nothing to do with us strangers.

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Auntie Darlene also cooked some delicious beef stew for us and Vietnamese dessert!

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We were very fortunate.

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Time to open gifts.

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Kids are forced to wait because us parents wanted some more photos.

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The place is a mess with wrapping paper, which everyone pitched in to clean up.

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That night we went to Ethan’s birthday party.

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Same birthday as Aiden but Aiden is 2 years younger.

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We’re so glad that Aiden didn’t miss out on celebrating with Ethan!

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Auntie Carla did a terrific job with the circus theme @ Chubby Cheek Cafe

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Lots of food and fun for everyone!

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Even Ethan’s favorite Ninja turtle, Rafael

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Brings parents back to their childhood with the circus theme.

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But Ethan saw that this was just a costume, can’t fool kids these days right?

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This ninja was a little too reserved.

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But kids still loved him.

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Aiden even sat for a short period to join in the fun.

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But he didn’t follow directions or anything, often times he just ran off.

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Unlike his friend Douglas whose about 10 months younger, was the first to sit and look intently at Rafael.

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Aiden loves coming to Chubby Cheek and even though there are so many fun things to do, he always goes for the kitchen area.

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So for him to sit down just a bit is a big step forward.

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No, he’s not jumping with the other kids.

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And he’s not running away from the turtle in fear! Yay!

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Mommie is trying to match with Daddie and Aiden today.

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Ah, another rare family picture moment.

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And the Happy Tamily

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Pinata time

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Super excited birthday boy

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Aiden’s turn.

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Nope, he didn’t cause any damage.

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But he did enjoy it.

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Lilian hit it once and started crying.  Poor thing.

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Oh no, Rafael has to hit his friend.

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He was instructed to put an end to the long line of children hitting the pinata.

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Lots of candy and mini toys

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Aiden also got his birthday present from Auntie Carla and Uncle Thomas!  His favorite – cars!

 



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