Ryder’s birthday isn’t until Tuesday, July 1st, but we had her party this past Saturday. Since we have a pool, it is a given that Ryder will always have a pool party. ha!

I had a whole lot of ideas and GRAND PLANS for this elaborately decorated party. Then I realized- you know what? I am stinkin’ tired. And kids don’t care if there is a large gazebo made of beach balls, floats, and kiddie pools. They really don’t.

So I decided that I’d throw a few decorations up and CALL IT A DAY. It is amazing what well planned snacks and a couple of clever signs will do for a party, too. I mean- could it have been any easier or simple?!

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I think I have found my new calling in life. I mean. LOOK AT THESE CUPCAKES. You can’t get better than that.

(side note: I couldn’t find my cupcake stand so Andy had to go buy a cheap one at WalMart… all they had was hello kitty. whatever, walmart. you failed me again.)

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okay. maybe you can. hahaha! I have laughed so dang hard over these teddy grahams!

thanks, pinterest!

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Ryder got kinda teased when we sang ‘Happy Birthday’ to her and it was cute to see her shy since that is not something that happens often.

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When all the guests arrived it was POURING. I was starting to panick because what in the world do you do with toddlers/kids if the pool party gets rained out?

And y’all know I don’t do planned activities, so I was getting a little nervous. But we had cake first thing and by the time we were done it was sunny and perfect for the pool.

Addison – Ryder’s little BFF

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Cute James- he had the funniest faces!

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My little water bug, Rory

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Ryder was in heaven. She kept saying after the party was over, “I love fwimmin’ with my fwriends, Mom! Let’s do that again!”

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We actually got a couple of decent group pictures. Miracle!

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Caden was the the youngest one there, but one of the bravest for sure.

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Kaleigh Grace was so brave- jumped right off that diving board for the first time!

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Here Ryder and Addison were saying to each other, “I love your bathing suit” “Oh but I like YOUR bathing suit!” Sweet friends.

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Now I’m going to show you a montage of photos of Ryder jumping in the pool. Because, y’all know that this child is NOT adventurous. She is very “I will let my sister do the crazy stuff and I will encourage and laugh and think she is awesome and crazy”. But suddenly, mere weeks after she declared her legs didn’t work so she couldn’t ever swim and DON’T YOU DARE GET MY FACE OR HAIR WET EVIL PEOPLE OF THE WORLD, she has decided she loves to jump off the steps, head first, into the water.

She jumps off the steps and literally sticks her butt in the air and her face down in the water and she shakes her head around in the water before she pops up grinning EAR TO EAR. It is so hilarious and astonishing.

Let me show you because I know y’all aren’t believing me right now.

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I mean. COME ON. Is the booty up in the air not the cutest and most hilarious thing you’ve ever seen in your life?!

This final montage of pictures is called “Ryder Is Precious When Opening Gifts”.

With pretty much every single gift, she did this “OH MY GOSH THIS IS THE BEST THING I’VE EVER SEEN” face and it was so precious I couldn’t hardly stand it.

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She had the most fun and I can’t wait to celebrate her more tomorrow.

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1 comment on “Ryder’s 3rd Birthday Party”

  1. Your daughter is absolutely adorable! I actually giggled out loud at the pic of the two girls complimenting each other’s swimwear. Beautiful party, great decor and snack ideas, so glad to know you weren’t rained out!

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