We had his party yesterday at the zoo. It's a little nerve racking to plan an outdoor party in December, but thanks to cold weather being RARE (except last year, when we had to reschedule his indoor party due to SNOW), we were blessed with a beautiful day, and perfect weather!
All of the immediate family was there (except Amy and Benjamin - poor Benjamin came down with strep throat - we missed you guys!), Aunt Lala, and friends Charlie, Peyton, Jackson, Rebekkah, and Maddie from school came too!
As usual, I didn't take as many pics as I'd like to. It's hard to do when you're trying to keep everything running. Luckily Amber took some for awhile but I still missed some people.
The kids played in the childrens zoo for the first part of the party, after pigging out on donuts and kolaches!
the cake... Ice Age was the closest theme they had to a zoo... is it me or is that weird. it worked though.
The birthday boy!
We tried to get all of his friends, and his cousins closest in age by him for cake and presents.
This is him while everyone was singing Happy Birthday to him
Okay, so at 4, or close to 4, some kids still have a hard time letting the "birthday kid" open their gifts. Oh well, it all worked out in the end.
Our attempt at a family picture... nice huh? Maybe it will be on our Christmas card this year. Or not.
After the party everyone did their own thing, our friends and family hung around and we went to the carousel and saw some animals for awhile.
We expected this at some point. She threw a tantrum the whole way in when we first got there(wanted to walk, but would just sit down when I let her try), and on the way to the carousel. Other than that she did very well.
We loved the zoo as a party place. Great weather always makes it that much better too. Thanks to all the family and friends who came and had fun with us! Tyson had such a great time. We can't wait to see what this year has in store for him. Such a great kid and a joy to be around.