I've kinda liked our quiet, Skype birthdays in the past for the kids (especially since Matthew is old enough that this is the year for a "real" party) but with all our family around I figured it was as good an excuse as any to get together. The kids helped make some decorations:
And then Amma and Papa helped take care of the kiddos while I made some treats and finished up the cupcakes:
Complete with 7-Up/Hawaiian Punch which was an Easter staple at grandma Elsie's house. Catherine approved I think:
Then it was time for presents. I had suggested that it was special enough to get everyone together that no presents were needed, but my family are terrible listeners and/or stubborn, but Catherine didn't minde and we sure do appreciate all the new fun things!
After seeing the sad state of Boo, Catherine's permanent sidekick, Uncle Matt ordered a New Boo or Boo Two as we call him. It's amazing the difference 6 months of hanging out in Montana made!