a couple days before gavin turned 2, i have some nasty surgery. however, i still wanted his second birthday to be a special memory for him. for all of us. there was a time when we didn’t think that he would still be with us. (insert yet another giant sigh of relief.)
the day before surgery, i sat at the kitchen table during nap time with my tivo line-up, a thomas the train sticker book, some printed off 2′s, streamers and sewing thread. i grabbed primary colored card stock from my supply closet and my circle and scallop punches. this is what happened with tim gunn’s famous, “make it work” ringing in my ears:
that’s really all the prep work i did other than a trip to the grocery store and the party supply place. almost a week before gavin’s birthday, we were all ready to go. that never happens. lol. i would like to thank my surgeon for helping me not procrastinate.
since gavin’s birthday fell on a sunday this year, we celebrated in grand (post-surgery) style the day before taking the boys on a commuter train, The FrontRunner.
the boys wore their train hats and about halfway through the ride, i pulled out those ridiculous, cheap-o character themed marble maze games. tyson beat it in a matter of minutes. he is a freak like that.
The Front Runner was perfect–relaxing, mellow, fun and easy for this sore mama. best of all, it was only $12 for us to ride round trip! later we met matt and jules and my auntie and uncle downtown for hamburgers and rootbeer floats. (which sounds incredibly good right now!) the boys loved it.
the morning of gavin’s birthday, the boys and i worked on gavin’s cake. to be honest, i wasn’t really feeling cake …so i made brownies instead and put a train track on the top. while i was constructing the train track, i gave the boys kit kats and black licorice and let them do a little construction too.
my mom/auntie’s super brownie recipe is ah-mazing. there is something about the excessive use of butter, the marshmallows and the not-too-chocolately-chocolate that gets me every time. for the train tracks, i laid the kit kats down and put the black licorice over them. then i used the (cleaned!) thomas the train tubby toys that kenna sent me last year for the cake toppers. just fyi: use tubby toys and not real toy trains with axles. chocolate gets stuck in the axles and is really hard to clean out. the tubby toys are made to be washed. just a little tid bit of helpful info for you. take it from someone who knows as demonstrated HERE.