You're in a new town, no friends or family near; your stove in the camper still isn't working, all the bakeries near and far are either booked up or have never heard of the kids cartoon PJ Masks. You have two days to plan and execute a birthday that will not just excite a little boy but make him feel loved as well. What do you do?!
I had no idea where we would be for my youngest son's birthday which made it hard to plan for. When you're tramping (IBEW term), going from job to job you only know a day or two before you leave where you'll be going. Once you get there you still have to sign the books and wait for a call saying you've got the job unless it's a walk-thru job in which case you automatically get it. It's one of the hardest parts about tramping as a family. It requires a lot of faith, trust in God and each other.
My husband landed a job in Gainesville, Georgia working at Lanier Technical College so as a family we found a R.V campground in Dahlonega, Georgia in which we stayed at. The Etowah River Campground provided the perfect outdoor setting for my son's 4th birthday.
|My sons picked these flowers for me so we decorated the picnic table with them.|
This Mama had to improvise. On my sons birthday we had to take Daddy to work at 5am in the morning so we could keep the car that day. So kids were loaded up still in their PJ's and off we went to drop Daddy off. Once we dropped my husband off at work we headed to Dunkin Donuts for some Turkey Sausage & Egg Muffins (Highly recommend!! Soooo good!) for some much needed breakfast. Afterwards the kids and I found a Walmart to do some birthday shopping in (I brought a change of clothes for my kids so they changed out of PJ's before we headed into the store). While my oldest distracted his brother (birthday boy) Mama loaded up our cart with PJ Mask decorations and gifts. We ended up buying him the Bean Bag Toss Game which also had a Tic Tac Toe side as we thought this would be a great camping activity for the family. This big box allowed me to hide all the other gifts underneath so the birthday boy wouldn't see.
|The tree on our campsite provided the perfect place to hang these PJ Masks decorations.|
|My daughter checking out the toddler area.|
The toddler area was nice although some of the toys were well used and loved. My daughter especially loved the ball pit.
|Enjoying the ball pit and learning the color pink.|
The above video shows the dance area they have for kids. Personally I thought the dance area was the best part of this place as it gave me a chance to see my kids dance and show me their moves. Soooo loved watching them get down and boogie.
Everland Play has an area of hand puppets, stacking blocks and a kitchen area in which the kids enjoyed for about 15 minutes before moving on.
|Working the grill.|
|Trying to cook a cucumber in the mircowave.😁|
|My William enjoying the toddler area as well. 😀|
After picking up my husband it was time to pick up my sons cake. After numerous calls to bakeries two days before my sons birthday I tried to find someone that could do the design and theme I wanted for his cake. Unfortunatley I found that the bakeries in Dahlonega & Gainesville Georgia were either closed during mid week (what type of successful bakery closes during the week?!!), booked up or couldn't do my design and theme as they had never heard of PJ Masks!! As a Pastry Chef it was hard for me to delegate my sons cake to someone else as I've ALWAYS made my kids cakes but when one is camping and does not have the necessary tools to make one you find someone who can. Since all the bakeries I found were a no go I finally called Walmart and ordered a cake from them. Only problem was I couldn't remember which Walmart I had ordered his cake from when it came time to pick it up!🙍🙈 Three Walmarts later we found our cake.
|Wyatt loved it as did we all! It actually tasted delicious!|
|Brothers working together to blow out 1 #4 candle. 😃|
|Wyatt my now 4 year old boy! Bubbles make for a great camping activity!|
So when one has not a lot of time to spare and a birthday celebration is needed you improvise! I'm so thankful and blessed by this boy I get to call my son and so thankful to be able to celebrate another year of his life. My Wyatt, daredevil & stuntboy!
Would love to hear about any last minute birthday celebrations you threw together and how it went!