Monday, August 4, 2014

The family circus.

We celebrated my sweet Finny this weekend with a circus themed birthday party at our house. Once again we shared the party with our friend Coen because he and Finn share a birthday and two circus freaks are always better than one.

It wasn't necessarily a costume party but who could resist a chance to dress up? Not us. Costumes are quickly becoming my Most Favorite Thing and I will find any excuse I can to put one together.

(before I sweat all my my makeup off)

I especially love a group costume and am so glad my family does too.

We had a great turn out and, after the day we had had on Saturday (MAJOR plumbing issues, a little flooding, multiple workers at our house ALL DAY LONG...), we were beyond grateful that we still had a backyard to party in (and toilets that flush and air conditioning!). There's nothing like filling a space with family and friends to celebrate the one you love.

This guy. I mean. He's just...the best. Except when I tell him things like that, he's always quick to correct me. "Finny, you're my most favorite guy ever. I love more than I could ever love anyone in the whole WORLD!" Then as I'm devouring him with kisses he stops me to say, "But you love Liam that much too, right Mama?"

Yes. Of course. Liam and Finn - Tattooed Man and Tiger Tamer - tied for best forever.

My sister and Jack drove down from Louisville for the party which was awesome. I love having family so close and the relationship Finn and Jack have developed is just fantastic to see.

I hope someday they bogart a photo backdrop and try to re-create the Olan Mills moments they had to endure in childhood. (Note: schedule some awkward family photos at Olan Mills STAT!)

I love having my sister around.

One of my favorite parts of the party was the face paint/fortune telling booth Liam created. He decorated the little swing set play house and held court up there all day. It was always packed with kids and I was really happy that his idea turned out so well.

I wanted to do something circusy too and thought it would be fun to make balloon animals (it was!). At first I only offered swords (the only YouTube tutorial I mastered...) but as the afternoon wore on I got a little more comfortable and soon just sort of went for it. I didn't make animals or anything that could be easily identified as wrong, just one of a kind hats. Those can only turn out perfect!

We hung out, ate circus food (popcorn, hot dogs, corn dogs...), danced to pop music and passed around all the sweet babies that were kind enough to show up. All in all it was a great party. Even the Pinteresty things I attempted worked out! (Of course, now I know only to choose the things that look easy...)

I hope the birthday boys enjoyed their party as much as the rest of us did. Coen and Finn forever!!!

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