Showing posts with label birthday. Show all posts
Showing posts with label birthday. Show all posts

Monday, August 14, 2017

Caleb's "Magic"-al Birthday

Two weeks before his birthday, Caleb decided he wanted a magic-themed birthday party....with a magician. Okay. I had no idea how to go about finding a magician! Luckily a friend was able to recommend someone that she had used for her son's birthday. That was good enough for me.

We had his party at the local recreation center and we only had 30 minutes to set up. I've never decorated for a party so fast in my life! (I'll include links of all the decor I used at the end.)

The color scheme was black, red, white and gold. I bought cheap $1 table cloths at Walmart. I did black with a red table runner down the middle. I had the black and white striped table cloth from Caleb's basketball themed party last year. I found 8x12 playing cards on Amazon and used those as placemats. It looked super cute and the kids got a kick out of the giant cards.

I found these cheap black top hats and added a red ribbon. I glued playing cards to the side. Each guest got a hat and a magic wand.

I made the "happy birthday" banner using 5x7 playing cards, black cardstock and gold alphabet stickers.

I made a stage backdrop using the $1 Walmart table cloths and party decor kit I found on Amazon (links to all this at the end). I loved this but wished I had made it bigger. It looked too small on the wall but with only 30 minutes to set up I had to just accept it and move on. 

Sixlets candies to go with our color theme.

Each guest received a deck of magic cards. These were a big hit.

I made this ya'll! I had never used fondant to make a cake before, but it really wasn't that hard. It came out great, especially considering it was my first time to use fondant.

I glued some of the 5x7 cards to a cheap serving platter for the cake.

The magician was great. The kids were in awe for about 40 minutes as he performed trick after trick. I loved watching Caleb's face the whole time. They were all mesmerized. Minds blown.

A little magic at the table. 

Caleb was included quite a bit in the show. He had a blast.

Such a great party for such a great kid.


Saturday, August 12, 2017

Caleb turns 12!

My first born, my baby is TWELVE. Only one year from TEENAGER! Yikes ya'll. Where is my squishy baby? Who is this man-child?

Caleb got the best gift ever on his birthday....
His blindingly awesome Per4Max sports chair! He finally has a basketball chair that fits him! This thing is so bright. It's probably safer to look directly at a solar eclipse than it is to look at this chair. It's awesome and he got it just in time for the start of basketball season. 

We took Caleb to meet up with his buddy Bryce at IFly. They have an "all abilities night" each month for those with special needs.
Caleb went from really really nervous. So nervous that I didn't think he would actually go through with it. The instructors there were amazing and gave him such a pep talk that he was willing to give flying a try. I was so ridiculously proud of him.

I think he will remember his 12th birthday for a long time.

Stay tuned for pictures from his party!

Monday, August 15, 2016

Celebrating 11 years old

My baby, my first born turned 11 years old last week. I have no idea how this happened ya'll. He just keeps getting bigger and older and turning into this young man. I can't take it but I can't stop it either. Sigh.

Birthday donuts, a tradition.

One of the gifts we got Caleb was the Bean Boozled Jelly Belly game. He was so excited. If you aren't familiar with this game, it is basically a game of chance. You have a pile of jelly beans and a spinner. You spin the spinner and you eat whatever jelly bean it lands on. Sounds safe enough right? Wrong. For every good tasting jelly bean there is a nasty, horrifying jelly bean. But you don't know what you get until you eat it. So you could get a "Juicy Pear" (yum) or a "Booger" (gross). You could get "Peach" (yum) or "Barf" (double gross). Because the nasty ones look like the yummy are either in for a pleasant surprise or you are running to the nearest trashcan. The boys LOVED this and giggled like crazy the entire time. I gave it a try but after eating a "Stinky Sock" jelly bean I was done. No thank you.

Caleb hasn't had a birthday party since his SK8 party 3 years ago. Caleb didn't want a big party this year either, he just wanted 2 friends from his homeschool co-op to come over. So the guest list was small but if you know me I do big decorations. I love this kind of stuff. Love it. I did tone it down a little...sorta.

Theme: Basketball (of course)

I got the birthday banner on Etsy. I made the scoreboard. I added a few of his wheelchair basketball medals.

Bouncy basketballs for decorations and the kids took them home after the party.

Orange sherbet punch.

The cake! Caleb loved this! It's just a basic cake with chocolate frosting. Reeses Pieces are used to make the basketball. So cute and easy!

Basketball Oreo pops.

The table.

The face when he saw his cake. 

I'm a mom of an eleven year old.

All boys. Six boys in one house makes for a fun and crazy afternoon. There was a lot of running, nerf gun shooting and video game playing. It was perfect. 

Saturday, December 26, 2015

ADVENTures Days 19-25

Day 19: Granny and Paw-Paw's Christmas

Granny and Paw-Paw host a Christmas celebration every year at their house. There is always plenty of food, fun, presents, and cousins. The boys love it and pretty much spend the entire day outside.

Such a poser.

The kid table.

He got a couple of Lego kits.

Day 21: Benjamin's 7th Birthday!

Benjamin officially turned 7. He got to pick our activity for the day and he chose to hang out at home and play with his new Lego kits. He also had a couple of friends come over for a playdate.

Day 22: Watch a Christmas movie

The boys and I chilled out and watched Elf. They loved it.

Day 23: Go see Christmas lights

Grandpa Joel took us to the Gaylord so we could see the Christmas decorations there. 

Day 24: Christmas Eve Candlelight Service

Day 25: Christmas Day!

Surprisingly, I have very few pictures from Christmas Day. We spent the morning at our house letting the boys open their gifts from mom and dad. After lunch we headed to Gammy and Grandpa Al's for more presents.

Benjamin was in heaven over this HUGE Ninjago kit. The thing had almost 1300 pieces and an instruction book as thick as my Bible. We spent hours on it and still had to finish it up the next day. He loves it.

Caleb got an authentic Houston Rockets jersey. 

Later that night Grandpa Joel and MeMe came over with even more presents for the boys! My house looks like a toy store exploded in it. 

So that about wraps up our ADVENTures for 2015. 

Merry Christmas from our family to yours!

Monday, December 21, 2015

Lego Ninjago Birthday Party!

My baby turned 7 years old today. SEVEN! Sigh. We had a small party at the house yesterday with a couple of his friends. The theme: Lego Ninjago. There are a ton of ideas for a  Lego Ninjago themed party and I borrowed from several sources and came up with my own ideas as well. I love this kind of thing and I had a blast planning and preparing.

I made each child a headband with their name on it. I printed out the names using a font in PicMonkey and laid white ribbon over the name. I used a small paint brush and black paint to copy the name onto the headband. It was a bit tedious but they came out really cute and they were a big hit at the party. I tried tracing the name with permanent marker but that bled too much, I found that paint looked cleaner and neater.
You know I'm the queen of cardboard so I had to make something out of my favorite material! Using a Lego Ninjago minifigure as my inspiration I sketched out a design on a large sheet of cardboard. 

I am so proud of how this turned out ya'll! I cut out holes so we could use the cardboard cutout as part of a ninja star throwing game at the party. You'll see how that worked out in a minute.

I bought cheap black gift bags and added the circles to make them look like Lego bricks. The goodie bags contained some chop sticks, origami paper with instructions on making a ninja star, a Ninjago coloring book I put together, and some Lego brick crayons I made using a Lego brick mold.

To make the crayons, you just put pieces of crayons (without the paper) into the mold. Bake in a 250 degree oven for about 10-15 minutes until the crayons are fully melted. Then put into the fridge to firm up. They are really cute when they are done.

I used small takeout boxes filled with fortune cookies as another take-home treat. I got the printable from this site.

When the kids arrived they had to figure out their Ninja name using the code above. They got a kick out of that!

I went simple with the cake and cupcakes.

Benjamin had the idea of using Ninja sword toothpicks.

The dining room was transformed into a dojo for the party. I went to Dollar Tree and bought several black and green tablecloths for $1 each. I used the black to cover the walls. I covered the chairs with tablecloths as well. 

I made the sign in PicMonkey. Easy-Breezy.

This is my favorite and I wish I could take credit for the idea...but I can't. I saw it on Pinterest and thought it was adorable. It's just Rice Krispie treats that I cut into rectangles, put a Swedish Fish on top and wrapped fruit leather (or a fruit roll-up) around it. I made the food labels using PicMonkey and added Ninjago stickers.

Kai Kabobs was Benjamin's idea. We took the Ninja swords and added fruit to them.

For Cole Cookies, I just dipped fortune cookies into melted chocolate.

Ninja fuel = Drinks.

I got the juice box and water bottle labels here

I ordered these paper lanterns from Wal-Mart for $2 each. I printed the ninja eyes (from the site above) and taped them onto the lanterns.

I cut out a bunch of ninja star shapes and taped them all over the wall.

The boys ninjas are ready for the party. See how cute the headbands came out! Each kid also received a black belt (just black ribbon I bought at a craft store). Benjamin wanted to be this Ninjago guy:

You know that awesome Ninjago cutout I made....see him just cast aside on the ground? The boys found Benjamin's Nerf guns and spent most of the time in the backyard shooting each other. No one threw ninja stars at my Ninja. I have to laugh because I think I could have just passed out Nerf guns and bullets to all the kids, skipped everything else I did, and they would have been just as happy. Lesson learned. I may like to craft and plan, but boys just want to run and play. They don't care about all the bells and whistles. Oh well. Benjamin had a blast and that is what matters.


You can check out Benjamin's wild entrance into the world by clicking here. He was forced into the world 8 weeks early and has been causing trouble ever since. I love this kid.

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