Noah is a little guy who does not like to be the center of attention to a lot of people. Mommy, yes, lots of people, no. And Noah was right in the middle of a phase where he and Emmy were just not getting along. Emmy has learned to push his buttons, and Noah has not learned how to deal with his sister's aggravating.
So, instead of a party, we spent a couple of days at Great Wolf Lodge! And Emmy went to spend some quality time with Mimi and Ninny and the rest of the extended Hoover crew!
I have to say that Great Wolf Lodge was AWESOME. It was the easiest "vacation" with 2 kids I could imagine. We did what we wanted to do, rested when we wanted to rest, and never left the building. We stayed 2 nights, and stayed until dinner time on our last day there. School was still in session, and yes we let Hope miss 2 days of school for this. But it meant that there was NO ONE in the water park. We rode rides over and over again. We genuinely enjoyed each other and there wasn't any fussing the whole time we were there. It was a great recharge for our family. And we missed our Emmy, but she certainly was well loved on, and I really wanted to focus on Noah and filling up his love cup. I think we did. He was a joy the whole time. Emmy would have had to have naps, and early bedtimes, and certainly wouldn't have slept in. I do look forward to her going with us another time though!
The birthday boy in his new batman pjs.
I really thought we would skip a cake, but about a week before we left, it was clear Noah was expecting a Batman cake.
Even with just the 4 of us, he was totally uncomfortable with us singing Happy Birthday to him. :)
We partied till he was partied out! We literally left moments after I took these pics. :)
Special memories for a special boy!