Meanwhile, in the evenings, James and I were at work on our secret project for the kids. I've been on the lookout for a play set for a while and when one with both swings and monkey bars finally went on sale we committed. We told the kids a variety of fibs as we constructed the wooden parts. I think they were honestly surprised but a bit overwhelmed when we unveiled it the next morning!
They seemed to enjoy it!
We tried to keep Matthew's party simple but there's always some last minute stuff to do around the house. With a few new sets of legos, Matthew was incredibly intense and focused most of the morning while we worked around the house. He opened up the first set at 8am right after breakfast and didn't stop until about 2pm (though I did force him to break for a few minutes for lunch inbetween!)
His finished products were a Penguin duck, batmobile, riddler car, penguin minions on an iceberg, bat-submarine and underwater batman, a skyscraper with Doc Oct and a Spiderman car. It was a full-blown superhero day and he was in seventh heaven!
Speaking of superheroes, if you ask Matthew, his birthday party theme was officially "fighting superhero." Matthew's understanding of superheroes started last year when he got some batman glasses from McDonald's while we were on a road trip and I encouraged him to go with it for a Halloween costume because I had a cute idea for a dynamic duo costume and it was possibly the last year I could get the kiddos to dress up in pairs:
Because he had no clue what Batman did, we had him watch some of the old Adam West 1960's Batman episodes. In the past year, various road trip stops have added to our superhero toy collection so his birthday party theme has always revolved around the story of his toy Spiderman and toy Batman "defeating" (seriously, the boy always uses this word to describe it and it cracks me up) the "glowy rock guy." Matthew's new lego sets introduced us to some new villains and ideas but his understanding of superheroes is still comical at best! He was even disappointed with the birthday invite as it had Robin on it instead of the "glowy rock guy" but I think he eventually got over it.
We opened a few more gifts that afternoon:
Some quick pictures with Amma and Papa before the party:
We even got to squeeze in a quick Skype session with Mas and Pas before the party for a few more exciting gifts:
And one last attempt at a family picture with two very excited and very exhausted young kiddos: