Joseph's 4th Birthday

August 11, 2017

I have no idea why it has taken me so long to write this post considering it was Joseph's birthday on 27th July, but hey, it's better late than never. I can't believe how fast four years can seem when you watch a little baby grow up into the cheekiest little tot I know. I remember the day he was born like it was yesterday and would love to relive it over and over again. I looked through my blog to see if I had written a post about any of his previous birthdays and found one from last year here. I found it so funny that I took a photo of his Spider-Man balloon as I did the exact same thing this year with his Paw Patrol one.
For the first time in ages, I woke up before Joseph (thanks to my alarm and will power not to press the snooze button) as I wanted to be awake to see his reaction to his presents and the decorations that my mum put up the night before. The rest of the house soon woke up and we all gathered in the living room to watch him open his cards and presents. He was absolutely ecstatic, but he was definitely more interested in the presents. It continued to be a relatively chilled morning as family came round to visit to give him more presents. The living room was filled with open toy boxes and wrapping paper. As soon as everyone had left, we then got ready and drove to McDonalds for lunch. Joseph had his first ever McDonald's cheeseburger, and didn't let us forget it either. I'd never seen a kid get so excited about a cheeseburger before.
After lunch, we then went to Joseph's favourite soft play area, and although I couldn't personally play inside myself, it was so fun watching him run around. Although, it didn't take me too long before I took off my shoes and followed him around all the obstacles, using the excuse "I'm just helping out my little brother. He's too little to be around these bigger kids on his own". Luckily I didn't get caught out and nobody questioned why a 19 year old was in a soft play. It's pretty normal for adults to go inside to help the little ones, so I wasn't the only older person going down the slide.
After a couple of hours sneaking into the soft play or having a natter with my mum, it was time to go home as we had a surprise tea party planned to end the birthday celebrations. I helped my mum get the cakes and party food the day before, so I was very eager to plate it all out and tuck in. There is something about party food that is absolutely timeless. You can never go wrong with it, no matter how old you are. And what is a birthday party without the cake? This year we chose a minion cake for him as he is absolutely obsessed with them, which is weird seen as though I don't think he has actually watched any of their films.

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