This year, the night before Jake's 3rd birthday and 3 days before his 3rd birthday party, my cousin, Jared (Jake's dad), ended up in the hospital undergoing an emergency surgery to fix (MAJOR) bleeding caused by a tonsillectomy. Jared & Lisa cancelled the party (understandably so!) but invited family and a couple close friends to celebrate Jake. Amidst all of the chaos, Lisa still managed to organize a few AWESOME activities for the kids: a fireman obstacle course (each child earned their own fire badge, minus Harper who refused to participate - learning to put on her shoes has taken over her life), an extinguish-the-fire game where the kids threw water balloons at a fire-stricken house drawn with chalk (genius!), and a visit from an actual firetruck and real live firemen (thank you, Washington Township!)
The kids were in HEAVEN. And though his birthday bash was cancelled, I think Jake knew no different. It was a beautiful evening and wonderful party, and we were thrilled to celebrate Henry's best bud.