My baby boy turns six this week, and last weekend we celebrated with what has somehow become our traditional kids birthday party. I must admit that I lobbied pretty hard for a “destination” type party this time – maybe Chuck E Cheese, Wahooz, the Zoo – somewhere with a defined location and parameters, and someone else to clean up after. I’m not proud of it, but that’s the truth.
Batman persisted though, and in the end I was glad he did. It is fun to share the amenities that we enjoy with other kids (and adults too).
So, we cleared the garage (more or less) and set up some tables and chairs, mowed the lawn, and rented a bouncy house complete with a slide. A few kids from school were invited, along with family and friends, and the party was on.
Grumpy and Reno went above and beyond the call of duty by giving non-stop pony rides from 1:00 to about 5:30. They were good sports.
Reno was in big demand for those who hadn’t been on a horse much before.
The kids also rode bikes.
Played on the bounce house slide.
Posed for pictures on the bounce house slide…..
and played hide and seek.
The lively crowd whacked the heck out of a Spiderman piñata.
Batman tried his best, but in the end it was friend Shawny who set the candy free.
Which resulted in a feeding frenzy of totally expected proportions.
Toward the end of the party there was a cake. A “Frozen” Movie cake. With princesses on it.
But Batman didn’t care that it was a somewhat, er, feminine theme. He loves “Frozen”.
And it did have blue icing.
After the children’s festivities wound down Grandma Kay and Grandpa Vernon came by to visit and have dinner with us. Baby Rex (and his momma) stayed too.
We just celebrated Grandma Kay’s birthday a couple of weeks ago, and I think she looks younger every year.
Friends Kari and Tom came to see us as well, and we were all treated to an impromptu beauty pageant.
Grandpa Vernon had the tiebreaker vote, and he pronounced blond Kampbell the winner, since she had the most teeth out of the three contestants.
After dinner wound down, we had three extra kids for the night.
Annabelle and her two friends, Kampbell and Jelissa, spent the night in her room, watching movies and doing each other’s hair and makeup. Cliché I know, but true. At the age of seven. Wow.
Batman and Kade played in his room, watching “Frozen” over and over again and playing with the cool new toys he got for his birthday.
Early the next morning all three girls were awake early. They wanted to ride.
So ride they did. Until a torrential downpour arrived to send them all scurrying back inside. I’m pretty sure that Grumpy and Reno were happy to see that rain!
The party finally wound down with the departure of our final guest at about noon on Sunday.
It was a full twenty-four hours of fun. I can’t wait until next time.