The day was a great success. We decided to have the party from 10am until 1 pm, because it was a pool party and if it’s going to rain over here, then that usually happens in the afternoon. As it turned out it was a gorgeous sunny day so we needn’t have worried. To keep the kids busy I bought a huge floating ‘island’ for in the pool which about 6 kids could fit on, and they played with it non-stop. After about an hour I brought out a big bag of water pistols, enough for everybody, and they were a big hit too. Later, after a noisy meal I brought out the bubble making machine which was also a big hit, and then suddenly it was time to go home. Never mind worrying about entertaining little kids, with a pool and some simple toys they do it all themselves.
Earlier in the week he'd had his birthday shout at school, providing blue cupcakes with smiley faces and flags with his name on top for his class buddies and being made a fuss of by the teacher. He was allowed to choose a couple of special things to do; he choose to light sparklers and have a story read to him. Carl was there as well, providing moral support for his big brother and very proud to be able to sit in the big kids class for the event.