Okay, enough about the food, let’s get on with the fun!
There was pumpkin decorating.
And swinging and sliding.
Bri and I looked super cute together in our stripes and aviators.
Then Shannon and the big kids joined us.
Time for presents! Everyone was very generous and Owen got tons of great stuff. Per Shannon’s suggestion, we got Owen a bike. It was a team effort; I bought it, the McHusband put it together. And Tucker? Well, he provided the moral support.
While Owen was busy with the last couple of gifts, I got the bike from my car and parked it behind a post. Shannon manned the camera and caught Owen’s reaction for me. I think this picture’s worth more than a thousand words.
A few party details. My mom and Shannon did a terrific job of using what they had to create the party’s John Deere theme.
At one point, I was leaning over a picnic table refilling my cup with diet Coke. I felt something on my butt and knew exactly what it was – Owen with his new grabber toy – but I figured Calvin put him up to it. When I turned around, sure enough, there was Owen, but no Calvin. What a little stinker! His Uncle McHusband would be so proud.
I can’t forget about the babies. Olivia was really good during the party. She was pretty content to hang out in her stroller so long as someone was with her.
G'ma was really happy to get her hands on Miss Maxie.
Toward the end of the party, Owen came rushing back into the picnic shelter from the playground. He was heading in my general direction and I decided to take advantage of his momentum and see if I could get a hug. He jumped right into my arms and gave me the BEST hug as I lifted him up. I could just tell it came from his heart and even now thinking about it and writing about it, it makes me tear up. Surely being an aunt is second only to being a parent.
I drove 2.5 hours to Statesville, stayed there for 4 hours, then drove 2.5 hours home. It was worth every minute in the car to be there that afternoon.