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The Toddler Birthday Party and Poll

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Today was the toddlers BIG day. His 4th Birthday Bash! It was a jam packed fun-filled-perfect day!

It all started this morning when the toddler ran into my room at 6AM to ask if this was his "birthday day". I smiled and said, "yuppers!" He was SO happy and SO concerned about gift bags. I swear his favorite part of anyone’s birthday, including his own, is the small little trinket favors you get. It’s so cute.

I hopped out of bed with him and realized heading to the gym was a pipe dream. There was just no time. So I did a routine on Exercise TV and then the toddler and I played and danced and jumped around until we were BOTH out of breath.

After our play session we hit the kitchen to prepare for the party. We made some Big Simple Chocolate Cupcakes and fruit salad.

The toddler decorating cupcakesthe toddler and fruit salad

We had a blast. It was a great morning and this is how I will remember the toddlers last weekend as a toddler. :)

the toddler and I

Then we were off too a local bounce play place. We bounced.. we played.. it was AWESOMELY fun. I’m so glad I wasn’t the only parent who got down and dirty with the kids. We were all jumping around and just having a great time. The husband and I even got in a round of boxing!

the husband and I boxing

Then it was food time. I may have had a slice or two extra of the pizza but it was cut small for the kids. ;~) The cake was good but a slice was all I needed. Plus I knew I had my lighter cupcakes at home.

Once we got back to the house the party got more intimate with mostly family and close friends. I grilled lean burgers, Grilled Honey Mustard Turkey Oat Burgers and my new Asian Apricot Marinade AKA "The Delicious Chicken." Paired with some corn on the cob and baked beans it was an overall healthy spread with not one complaint! See… no one missed the mayo laden summer salads or high fat hot dogs if you replace them with lighter healthier turkey burgers and grilled chicken. Plus everyone loved the cupcakes that were made with pumpkin and my giant fruit salad is completely gone!

The toddler had such a full day he crashed around 7 watching one of new DVD’s. I ended up taking my best friend, Mom and Father-in-law for a ride to see the new house site. By the time I got back the little guy was dead asleep. It was time for the adults to pull out the Wii and have some fun. :)

Right now everyone’s in bed but me. I felt compelled to write about the day and I really wanted to publish the poll for "the toddler’s" new name. He has 2 more days until he’s officially 4. I still can’t believe it. I really don’t think people realize how fast time flies by until they have a child of their own. All of a sudden you have a constant reminder. It’s wonderful and sad at the same time.

OK, I’m getting too deep. :) I need sleep and anyway… What I really want to know is…



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    CocoaButter

    June 14, 2009

    Congrats on your healthy and lovely offspring! I just RANDOMLY came across your site last night when I was looking up a brocolli cheese soup recipe (I think that’s what I was looking up, I can’t remember now!). Anyway, your site is a major inspiration, you make it look so easy! I hope to achieve similar results someday and have started (or re-started?) blogging about it, which will hopefully help me stay accountable and on TRACK! anyway, in a VERY long way, just saying thanks and congrats!

    Lynn

    June 14, 2009

    Roni, I’ve been reading yours blogs for several years, love them all. Your hard work is very apparent.

    Just wanted to say that I think you’re a terrific Mom. I feel it’s very important to have your child involved in making healthy food choices from an early age and you’ve done such an amazing job with the Toddler in that respect. You’re truly a role model for all us up and coming Moms. :)

    Glad the party went well!

    Michele

    June 14, 2009

    Happy Birthday to the Toddler! Sounds like a great day! When you watch the Exercise on Demand videos, do you watch them on your computer or is there a way to hook your computer up to the TV?

    roni

    June 14, 2009

    Michele – I did it on the TV for the first time. I have “onDemand” thru Comcast. Not sure how to hook up the computer but I’m sure it’s possible.

    lunzy

    June 14, 2009

    Happy Birthday The Toddler! I was all for The Kidlet. But that’s not a choice…. hmmm.

    Glad the party was a big hit!
    ~Lisa

    roni

    June 14, 2009

    LOL I’ll add it!! :)

    Dani

    June 14, 2009

    Time certainly does seem to fly by whenever you have kids! Glad the party went well. And good luck with the transition from “The Toddler”, whatever you choose! I call my own minions “The Dumbbells”. =P

    BigTickles

    June 14, 2009

    Yes, time flies by so quickly. My toddler will be 3 in August and I almost feel a lump in my throat coming. It was so fast. However, I think I will be more emotional when he is finished POTTY TRAINIG —- UGH! (ha ha ha)

    Alison

    June 14, 2009

    Congrats mama! I understand how it is a fabulous time, and slightly sad. Mostly fabulous though. Every year we watch the kids’ birth videos at their birthday (born within just 4 days of each other 2 years apart). I get all sad but am so proud of who they’ve become.

    You were smart to cook such a healthy spread :) I totally went over the deep end (with all good intentions leading up to it) with my kids’ birthdays.

    Andrea

    June 14, 2009

    shaking my head that you had enough energy to post after all that. :)

    Jeanne

    June 14, 2009

    Sounds like a wonderful birthday for adults and kids alike!
    BTW, I voted for “the son” but I actually have a “write-in” vote…
    “the kiddo”
    Have a great Sunday!

    Marisa (trim the fat)

    June 14, 2009

    What a fun day! I placed my vote for “the little guy”!! You’re right, they do grow up soooo fast. At first, you can’t wait for them to be old enough to do certain things and then all of a sudden they are old enough to do a LOT of things and you want it all to just stop!!

    Wonder Woman

    June 14, 2009

    I have been reading your site since the toddler just became a toddler from a baby…you are right, time sure does fly when you have kids! I always feel older on my kids birthday than my own..my daughter just turned 12 and I can’t beleive I have a 12 year old!!!

    Happy Birthday, Toddler!

    Nicole

    June 14, 2009

    Happy Birthday to “the kid/the little guy” (my two votes)! What a fun mom he has! :)

    anna

    June 14, 2009

    how about calling him “mini-me” he looks so much like you!

    Jessica

    June 14, 2009

    My goodness! He looks so “old” in the cupcake pics! It’s been great watching him grow up on your blog. I vote for the “little guy”. In a year or so, he can be The Kindergartener!”

    Andrea@WellnessNotes

    June 15, 2009

    Happy Birthday, Toddler! They grow up so fast… Sounds like an awesome day! My vote is with the majority for “the little guy.” I hope you and the little guy are going to have a great week! :)

    Kim C.

    June 15, 2009

    Happy Birthday Ryan! So exciting!

    I have two sons (ages almost 6 and just turned 9) I usually call them “kiddo” or “boy-o” Of your choices, “The Boy” gets my vote.

    Renee

    June 15, 2009

    Happy Birthday!! They do grow up too fast!

    I giggled at your poll. My parents only have 4 grandsons, will never have a granddaughter (I have 3 boys, my brother has 1 – neither of us will have more kids) and my dad calls them, in order of their age, ‘the big guy(9), the medium-big guy(7), the medium guy(4) and the little guy(2)’. It works.

    Krista S.

    June 15, 2009

    Happy Birthday Ryan (Dog!) and happy birth-day to you, too Roni. Sounds like you guys had a fantastic celebration and the food you mentioned is making me hungry. =) My vote goes for The Boy. I have two sons, and when we’re goofing off I often call them Pete & Repeat although neither of them are named Pete. LOL

    Jennie

    June 15, 2009

    This was from last night
    Me: I’m so sad “the toddler” isn’t going to be “the toddler” anymore
    Husband: (completely serious and knowing exactly what I am talking about)
    Is he going to be “The Kid” now
    Me: I don’t know yet, Roni’s doing a poll, so far “the little guy” is winning.

    ;)

    Erica

    June 15, 2009

    We just celebrated my little girls 6th Birthday soon is her big sisters 12th! It goes far to quickly. I did pretty well with the healthy food & had prepped the day before. I did have a piece of cake at the party though!

    Dani

    June 15, 2009

    Happy birthday Toddler! My vote is to call him “the preschooler”.

    Lori

    June 16, 2009

    Hey Roni,

    How about “Mini Dude”?

    Mary

    June 16, 2009

    I vote for ‘The Little Guy’, but that’s only because ‘Stud Puppy’ is not on the list.

    Husbands tend to like this – it automatically makes them ‘Stud Man’.

    Sue

    June 17, 2009

    Happy Birthday Ryan! We share the same birthday!

    Jan

    June 18, 2009

    I voted for “the kid”. Mine are 25 and 27 and I still call them that!

    mom

    June 19, 2009

    I THINK HE SHOULD BE CALLED LITTLE MAN, BECAUSE HE IS A LITTLE MAN…….