Showing posts with label Benjamin. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Benjamin. Show all posts

Sunday, December 17, 2017

Benjamin's NERF party!

My baby will turn NINE in just a few days. We celebrated, NERF style, yesterday.

We turned the backyard into a NERF battlefield. I saved cardboard boxes for two months (at Benjamin's request) so that they could be used for his party. We had a blue side for the blue team....

and an orange side for the orange team. 

These cardboard "walls" were a big hit. It was Benjamin's idea to cut out rectangles with a flap so that the kids could stick their guns through the holes.

For an hour and half, the backyard was full of boys and flying Nerf darts. They even ignored the chilly temperatures and the steady drizzle of rain! Boys don't care about such things when they are in the middle of a battle. 

Before battle, the kids had to "Gear Up".

Plenty of ammo and a few extra NERF guns.

Safety goggles were required. I bought these inexpensive tool aprons at Lowe's, covered the Lowe's logo with duct tape (orange and blue to match the teams) and my mom made NERF logo stickers.

Fun game of "guess the number of darts". There were 53 darts in the container, the winning kid guessed 50.

I used camo tablecloths to cover the wall. I made the banner with black card stock and used my vinyl cutter to make the letters.

I found cute signs and water bottle labels on Etsy. 

Simple snack of cheese and crackers with grapes.

I made this cake ya'll! This was only my second time using fondant but I think it came out pretty good. Even the NERF darts are made of fondant! Benjamin thought it was perfect so that is all that matters.

The table set-up.


Boys, boys, and more boys.



Wednesday, November 01, 2017

Halloween 2017

I managed to drag the boys to the Pumpkin Patch this year for a few photos. Caleb barely humors me but Benjamin still poses for shots. Hey, if you want a pumpkin to carve, then you have to smile for the camera first.


Had to get one with Hallow.

See, this cutie still poses for me. 


The completed jack-o-lanterns. Caleb wanted the Houston Rockets logo and Benjamin wanted something "creepy".


"Hallow"een is also this sweet girl's birthday. She turned 4 years old.

We usually do the "Trunk or Treat" at our church for Halloween but it was cancelled due to weather. The boys decided it would be fun to just stay home (dressed in costumes), watch a movie and pass out candy. It was probably best because Benjamin and I are still getting over being sick and Caleb was starting to not feel well. We made the best of it and the boys loved passing out candy.

 Benjamin chose the easiest costume ever: The Nerf-inator.
This was the perfect "costume" because the child already has a stock pile of Nerf guns and darts. I just bought the cool tactical vest. Should the apocalypse come and Nerf guns are needed, we'll be just fine in this house. He wants a Nerf themed birthday party so I get to use all of this stuff again!

He loved it and was so proud.

This was the first year since 2008 that Caleb did not want a cardboard costume for his wheelchair. I was okay with that since my Etsy shop kept me plenty busy and I'm usually pretty sick of cardboard and spray paint by the end of October. 

One of our favorite shows over the summer was America's Got Talent. There was a group called Light Balance and they wore these really cool suits just covered in lights. Caleb decided he wanted something like that. I did my best, on a much smaller scale. 

Pictures can't do this costume justice so here is a video:




Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Gulf Shores Alabama: Day 7

Day 7, our last day in Gulf Shores. We crammed as much as we could in this last day.

First things first, the beach.



Our last fort.

Benjamin wanted to try out the slide at the outdoor pool.

The water was freezing!


A fish named Caleb.


Grandma and Caleb. 

We spent most of our last day in the water. We ate out one last time and then headed to Orange Beach for a photo shoot. I am blessed to have some very sweet people in my life. A friend and fellow SB mom arranged for us to have a family photo shoot on the beach with her sister, who is a professional photographer. Completely free of charge. The photos are going to be gorgeous and I can't wait to see them. Stay tuned.


Sunset on Orange Beach.

I promised the boys ice cream if they did well during the photos.



That's it folks. It was a fantastic trip at a beautiful place.

Gulf Shores

Gulf Shores Alabama: Day 6

We took a short road-trip to Pensacola, Florida to see the Blue Angels practice and the Navial Aviation Museum. This may have been one of my favorite things from our trip.



The show was quite loud. 




Future Blue Angel? He did say he wants to join the Navy because "I like boats and planes." 



The Navial Aviation Museum was really cool...and free! Benjamin loved it.



Again, I loved the history here. We saw planes from WWI (which we just studied) and WWII (which we will study this year).



Looking at an actual rock from the moon.

After a fun morning looking at planes, we grabbed some lunch....



...and hit the beach!



His abs are ridiculous. He's 12 ya'll. I am so thankful Caleb has a PT that consistently works on his core, it has made a world of difference in his strength and posture.



More fort building.







Frisbee fun!

Beachin' until the sun goes down. 

Gulf Shores




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