Tuesday, June 18, 2013
A few days after Jack's actual Birthday we celebrated with family and friends. Jack asked for a Star Wars party and I had been planning for it for so long it was kind of surreal that it was actually here.
Birthday boy himself! Wearing his Spiderman shirt that a total stranger bought him at JCPenny's the day we got his pictures taken. I'm still in awe about it...such a cool thing to happen! He just asked that we pay it forward!
Michael made a Darth Vader for the kids to beat up.
The centerpiece was Jack's Star Wars ships and characters!
I had all the supplies ready for the kids to make lightsabers!
I also made cute food and drink labels. I forgot to take pictures of the food ones, but they said - Hanburgers, Hoth Dogs, Lightsabers (Cheetos Puffs) and Thermal Detonators (Whoppers). The Yoda Soda was just Lemon/Lime Soda and Lime Sherbet.
The guests all ready to eat!
I made badges for the kids that had a picture of Yoda on them with a saying that said, "Do or do not there is no try!" I also had missions for them to complete such as - Fuel your body, Quench your thirst, Train your mind, Make lightsabers, Eat your sweets, Battle Darth Vader. The above picture is of the kids getting their minds trained by listening to a book about Jedi's while they Fuel their bodies.
Andrew and Josiah had to leave early so once the book was finished Jack opened his present from the Storer's. Andrew decorated one package and Josiah did the other. Andrew even wrote his name on the package and then drew a picture of Jack in carbonite. So creative!
Jack got one Star Wars Lego set and a helicopter Lego set.
Once I was done eating we moved onto the next mission...making lightsabers. I got the pool noodles at the Dollar Tree and then Michael just cut them in half with scissors. My Dad just happened to have all this cool colored duct tape so that's how the kids made the handle of their lightsabers.
Awesome weapon my young padawan!
Watch out Darth Vader...Jedi John is ready to fight!
May the Force be with you Caleb!
Then it was time for the kids to fight.
We let each of the kids get 3 whacks at Vader...I wasn't sure how long he was actually going to last!
Then once all the kids had had a turn we just let them loose!
As Victoria said, "Die Darth Vader...Die!!!" It was hilarious and a little frightening all at the same time!
Then it was time for the lightsabers to take a nap so Jack could open his presents.
Captain American Spy Gear from Miss Rachael, Kendra and Lilyann.
TMNT Combat Gear and movies from Mommy & Daddy.
Star Wars The Clone Wars Season 1 and pajamas from Uncle Ry and Aunt Stephie.
Rockin' his Raphael gear!
Jack also got $10 in cash from Uncle Jon and Aunt Becky and a Kids Cookbook from the Kuch Klan.
Then it was time for Ga-Ga & Pa's present. Of course it came out under new Buzz sheets.
It's a Buzz Lightyear Bike!!!
Time for Cake...R2D2 Cake!
I was so pleased with how this cake turned out. I had seen it on Pinterest, but the person who did that one used Fondant to make it look perfect. I really dislike fondant so I knew I was going to have to just make it work with frosting. The night before I needed to make it was not sure how I was going to accomplish it, but it turned out great!
After most of the party goers left Jack got a chance to hop on his bike. Then we decided to just have a riding extravaganza with the rest of the kids in the street.
Caleb got to ride on Lightning McQueen.
Zeke even got in on the action!
Ella Bean has finally learned how to steer the motorized vehicles!!!
Anna and Addison got to motor around in the pink Jeep!
Lookin' good Jack!
In all there were 15 people out on the street in front of our house...counting parents. All the kids were riding around on their different modes of transportation and all of the vehicles were ours!
It was a crazy fun!
Since we were having so much fun we didn't even get around to taking a group shot! :(
Thank you to everyone for making my Jacker's 5th Birthday a special one!
Sunday, June 16, 2013
like being push around...
the house by your...
big brother while he's only wearing...
underwear and a coat!
Saturday, June 15, 2013
After dinner one night we went outside with the kids to have some fun.
I set Zeke on the step to watch the bigger kids.
The boys got the football out and we tossed it around a bit.
Of course the boys don't so much like the actually playing of football, but more the tackling!
And trying to steal the ball.
And just generally rolling around on the grass wrestling each other!
Ella Bean wanted to get in on the action, but she didn't really understand the rules so every time the boys caught the ball and she didn't she would have a total meltdown.
It was fun running around in the yard teaching the kids how to do a silly victory dance and spike the ball. Of course they'll have to unlearn that if they ever go into the NFL.
Friday, June 14, 2013
The Saturday after Jack's birthday we took him to JCPenny's to get his pictures taken. I have to say...I wish he had been going to JCPenny's from the start. The pictures at Sears were nice, but it was always such a hassle trying to get the kids to cooperate with the photographer. It was like we were doing their job. Not at JCP! The photographers are wonderful! They interact with the kids and they get them to smile naturally. Every year when it's time to get Jack's pictures taken I'm always dreading it because he is really a difficult subject.
The photographer today got him to open right up and we got some wonderful shots. The best part was I don't even think my blood pressure rose even a little bit! Victory!!!
The adorableness is off the charts!!!!
When we came in for Zeke's pictures we mentioned that we would be back in a couple of weeks for Jack's. The photographer told me to have Jack bring in something that he loves that could be in the pictures with him. He chose his puppy....Maximus, that Aunt Michelle got him at his 4th birthday. So sweet!
Thursday, June 13, 2013
These pictures aren't the best since they were taken on my phone. Back in May when Ga-Ga and I went to the Mill Creek Garage Sales Ga-Ga bought this for Zeke.
Our kids are always out of their cribs early so I imagine Zeke will be using this around Christmas time. Right now it's in the garage and the kids have been having so much fun playing in it.
Zeke already thinks it's pretty cool!
They play in it almost daily which of course means tears are shed because of it almost daily.
It is pretty big so I'm going to have Michael move it down to our basement until it's time for Zeke to sleep in it. Our garage is so full of all sorts of kids contraptions it's a bit ridiculous!