Well what a busy few days it's been. My little man turned 3 yesterday, 3!! I actually can't believe it, I hate to use the phrase because I think I massively overuse it but time has just flown by. He has pretty much had a 3 day celebration, lucky boy! It has been particularly hectic but a great deal of fun.
On Sunday we had a little party with some of our close family and friends and a couple of his nursery friends, we let him open a few pressies beforehand so that him and his friends could play with them at the party. You may have read about my worries about organising a toddler party, if not you can read that here, I'm pleased to say it all went without a hitch and Alfie and everyone else (I hope!) had a great time.
Some of my stress was slightly alleviated by using a Dino Blast Party Pack from the company Party Bags and Supplies. For £23.99 I received more or less everything I needed to sort the party table out and 8 pre-packed party bags. Included in the pack were 8 cups, 8 plates, 16 napkins, 1 table cover (very decent size) and the pre-filled party bags (gifts included a pack of haribo, dinosaur mini egg, finger trap and a dinosaur bookmark). I chose the dinosaur theme which Alfie absolutely loved but there are loads more to choose from to suit most. All of the items that are included within the pack are very durable and I was impressed with the strength of the cups and plates, very essential when they need to withstand being handled my toddler's!
His croc birthday cake went down brilliantly, it was absolutely amazing and tasted delicious, we ordered from a local lady Ginny who runs the company Tiger Lily Cake Company , you must check out her creations they are marvellous!
The best thing about having a party for Alfie is we get to catch up with some of our close friends, some that we haven't seen for a little while including this gorgeous girly, good friend and fellow blogger Sarah (Run Jump Scrap) who is my co-host for the Best and Worst Linky, it was so good to catch up with her as well as everyone else of course!
I have to admit we spoilt Alfie with all presents this year, I think because of our new addition we just wanted to make him feel extra special this year and I think he did. This is a pile of his gifts from us but we did also get him a couple of bigger gifts too (a ride on motorbike and a big hot wheels set), he was over the moon! Although I do realise we perhaps shouldn't have bought him so much....... oops.
Yesterday we took Alfie to Banham Zoo as his birthday treat, we're quite lucky to live near 3 big zoo's (Colchester and Africa Alive) but Banham we hadn't yet been to, he completely loves going to the zoo and was so excited this morning that he wouldn't stand still for a picture, I just about managed to snap this action shot! The zoo itself was lovely, perhaps not the biggest selection of animals if comparing it to Colchester Zoo but nicely spaced out with plenty to see and with decent outside seating areas to enjoy a picnic. We had a great day, if not slightly knackering as Elarna decided not to sleep much the night before (thanks daughter!). Alfie was so excited, I can't quite explain just how excited he was, all the way there he kept telling us we were going to 'Banham Zoo' and listing all the animals he wanted to see, adorable.
We had such a lovely day, I do enjoy having a nice family day out! My husband and I were exhausted when we got home but Alfie and Elarna seemed to have other ideas as it took approximately 2 hours to get them both to sleep! Alfie wanted to talk about the zoo and the animals over and over again, although having some birthday cake 15 minutes before bed may have had something to do with it (my bad).
So there we have it, my littlest man is growing up very quickly and although this saddens me somewhat I can't wait to see what the next year holds. I'm not sorry to say goodbye to the 'terrible twos', although now I'm being told he will become a 'threenager' which kind of fills me with some fear and anxiety, what the hell does being a 'threenager' entail?!! Anyone care to enlighten me?
This has been the best part of my week so far, what's yours?