Tuesday, November 24, 2009

John Michael's 2nd Birthday Party

What an amazingly fun afternoon! We had 40 friends, about 1/2 children, help us celebrate John Michael's 2nd birthday this past Sunday. I know... the rule of thumb is one guest per the child's year of age. Well, John Michael has way more than 2 friends! That extra 21st chromosome has translated into so much more than any book will tell you. We have added more than 8 new families to our circle of friends this year (which equals lots of people when you add all the sibs, too!)



Here, John Michael actually blew out his first candle ever. He successfully blew out the #2 candle, but I helped with the other two smaller ones.

We had a diverse age group of children from 9 months to 13 years old and everything inbetween. Having 8 kids here age 2 and under with Ds, I decided to hire one of the music therapists to entertain the younger set. I think every one of John Michael's buddies gets music therapy, so it was great that they were all familiar with the songs and playing with the instruments. The older kids watched "Up" in our "garage-turned-movie theater".


John Michael also got to meet his new buddy, Christopher. The moment Christopher came in, he went right up to the music therapist and started playing along with everyone. I love his enthusiasm and infectious smile! John Michael really likes his new buddy, too, as you can see in the photo. At first glance, they could totally be brothers. So cute!


Here, Gracie and Gabby are enjoying tug-of-war with the ribbons. John Michael had so much fun opening his presents and is still discovering how everything works.

HAPPY THANKSGIVING EVERYONE!

My blog will be quiet for the remainder of the week so I can spend time with the family UNPLUGGED!
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12 comments:

  1. Looks like a great party. Sooo many little cuties!!!
    How awesome that John Michael blew out his candles!! Way to go big boy!!
    Happy Thanksgiving! Enjoy your "down time"

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  2. That is great! Hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

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  3. Aww such great pictures! So cool that John Michael has all those buddies!! Have a great Thanksgiving!!

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  4. Wow! He can blow out candles? Great job!

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  5. it was such a fu party and we were so honored to celebrate with you and John Michael!

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  6. Happy birthday John Michael :) Who's a big boy now?!

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  7. What a wonderful celebration surrounded by so many loving families. Happy, Happy Birthday John Michael! And Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family, Monica. xoxo

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  8. Oh my gosh, that looks like so much fun. What a great Birthday party, I love that he has so many friends. Happy Birthday John Michael. Hope you all have a Happy Thanksgiving as well.

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  9. How FUN!!! And awesome that he was able to blow out his candles! (Someone else, for the past two years, has hijacked Sammi's candles, so we'll have to try again next year...LOL). Happy Birthday John Michael! Hope your Thanksgiving was wonderful!

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  10. Your music therapist entertainment was a stroke of GENIUS. Too great.

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