First up was the RIDBC party. This one was great for Ashlea as it was at their centre - which meant she could crawl around to her hearts content.
They hired a music therapist to wander around and sing and play instruments with the children. Ashlea loved her and requested Dancing Queen and Incy Wincy Spider.
Emma tried to collect every single helium balloon in an attempt to fly...or at least float. In case you're wondering it takes a LOT more balloons than that to get even a small 5 year old off the ground.
And you can't have a Christmas party without Santa and presents...
Ashlea's tolerance of the big fat man - as seen in this photo - has improved ENORMOUSLY since our first unsuccessful photo attempts. So much so that in the car on the way to the second party she was saying "I see Santa".
The second party was a Christmas concert with Santa at Parramatta Westfield in conjunction with the Spastic Centre. It was fantastic. There was free food, a concert (which Ashlea hated), show bags for the kids with heaps of stuff in them - and even a show bag for Mum that contained a $100 Westfield gift voucher! As I said Ashlea hated the show and spent the whole time howling "Crawl on the floor" - so I had to let her crawl around on the shopping centre floor. DIS-GUSTING.
The 3rd party was the Spastic Centre Christmas party - otherwise known in our house as 'the one with the chocolate fountain'. For lunch today we had strawberries and marshmallows dipped in chocolate, followed by fairy floss, followed by Paddle Pops after which we made a return trip to the chocolate fountain and devoured this:
There were heaps of activities...
And of course another trip to Santa and more presents.
The last party was a far more relaxed affair at a friend's house. Ashlea made herself at home and crawled all around their floor (and came home black) - the only thing that set her off screaming at that party was when the 'band' played - and by band I mean the host's teenage son and his mates.