Happy Birthday Jules! We celebrated his third birthday on Sunday (AKA “The Day the Lions Beat Dallas”). We all went over to Gabe and Erin’s for birthday festivities. Here’s the classic cake picture, although that happened nearer the end of the party.
The big event was roller skating. Julian got skates, helmet, pads and gloves from Erin’s Dad and step-mom, and then we all went to the skating rink that is only about a quarter mile from Gabe and Erin’s house.
Here’s the birthday boy and his parents at the rink.
And next we have Julian with his Aunt Amanda and his dad skating on the rink.
Turns out roller skating is pretty difficult when you’re 3 years old. He did okay with hands to hold, but it’s a whole different thing when you’re on your own. I’ve never roller skated before. I’ve ice skated quite a bit, but roller skating is very different. I probably should have rented in-line skates, but I wanted to try the roller skates. Here’s a pic of me trying to roller skate:
Ha ha. Funny, right?
Gabe and Amanda did much better than I did. Here they are flying by us in one of the few pictures where they weren’t a blur.
Although Julian is bit young for this kind of thing, there was a great padded climbing maze that he and his friend Tristin took to right away. They both spent most of their time in there. Here’s Julian taking a break to hydrate.
He is, of course, in gloves and pads for maximum thrashing. He and Tristin had a great time in there.
Then we went back to Gabe and Erin’s for pizza, cake, and more gifts for the birthday boy. Here he is with the shirt that Tristin’s sister Bree made for him. It says “I’m the big brother.” But it’s the look on Julian’s face that makes this picture art.
And here’s Julian with the firetruck that Brenda and I got him. Julian and Tristin spent most of the rest of the afternoon playing with it, so I think it was a hit. But how could it not be since it shoots water – whoa! That’s what I said – shoots water! Anything that shoots water is uber-cool. Everyone knows that, right? They went through about 10 tankfulls of water out in the backyard before we put it up. All in all, it was a great birthday party. I think Julian really enjoyed it. I know I did.