It goes without saying that Luke was the center of attention at his birthday party, but what surprised me was how much he enjoyed the attention! I've never seen this "hammy" side of him, this side of him that likes to make people laugh. I guess I shouldn't be surprised. From the day he was born, he has been a light to this world. His name is perfect: "Bringer of light and truth."
Luke's big party was a family affair: Grandmas and Grandpas and Aunts and Uncles. We had chicken wings, tacos, veggies with dip (well, just the dip for Luke as he'd lick it off and then throw the veggie away) and of course, cake and ice cream. We played with his new water table from mom and dad, opened presents and introduced Luke to the ultimate party game: the piñata! We filled this piñata with M&M's, bath crayons, new mimi's (pacifiers), fruit leather, play-doh and starbucks and arch cards for the guests. It was a mad scramble when the first person spotted the plastic!
Despite boycotting a nap that day, Luke was such a joy the entire party. I was half waiting for a melt-down, but it didn't happen! After our family left, we put Luke in the bath and started his bedtime routine. He was so tired after all the festivities that he fell asleep in my lap when we were saying prayers. What a fun day and what a fun boy.
Here are some of my favorite pictures from the day:
Luke helping Dada decorate his race-car cake.
I guess they had too many injury claims with the old-fashioned "hit-the-piñata-with-a-stick" piñatas. Now they have kids pull a string until they pick the one string that opens the piñata door. Thankfully, we have no injuries to report!
And this was Luke's mission strategy. Poke cake with finger then lick. Repeat.
Happy birthday, sweet boy. We love you!