Saturday, June 9, 2018

Zeke's Actual Birthday!

Zeke's actual birthday, May 22nd fell on the actual day of the week he was born 6 years ago.



He's a cool dude! 



For the kids birthdays I always bring cupcakes, donuts or cookies to their class at lunch time to share. While I was waiting outside his classroom before recess was over I saw this on display in the hallway. I'm pretty sure it was from when the kids were celebrating Dr. Seuss. It says...Would you like a crazy cat to come to your house? By Zeke.. No, because I think he would make big mess. We had just recently read the Cat In The Hat Comes Back and he sure does know how to make a big mess. 



Cute boy! 



I was took a video while they were singing to him and he just sat there smiling the whole time. He thought I was just taking pictures. :) He wanted me to get mini chocolate donuts instead of cupcakes. 



Me and my boy! 



I always save the kids birthday present from us for their actual birthday. I took this picture of Zeke and then I looked at it and said....it looks like all you have on is socks and shoes! 



He was actually wearing clothes though...shorts at least! 




Zeke got the game Rat A Tat Cat...it's super easy and loads of fun! The best part is the kids can actually play it by themselves. 



I also got him this Force Awakens magnet kit. It has all these background scenes and then magnets you can use to make the scenes complete. 



I actually got that by cashing in my Disney Movie Reward points. It's fun little kit that will be great for taking in the van on road trips. 

Friday, June 8, 2018

Zeke's Board Game Party!

Zeke's board game party was on Sunday, May 20th. At first I had no idea what his birthday theme was going to be. One afternoon I sat down with Zeke to update his Amazon wish list in preparation for his birthday and I realized that he just wanted a bunch of games. The few months leading up to his birthday we had been having Family Games Night at our house with families from our church. One of our friends, Scott is a major game player. He has over 150 board games and he's introduced us to quite a few fun games. 

I think I've said this before, but with me working now party planning has definitely taken a backseat. It's all about making it easy on myself. I found this fun birthday invitation with a game theme on Pinterest and I recreated it. 




I think it turned out cute! 




The birthday boy with his birthday banner! 

This banner is something I bought years ago from the clearance section on Stampin' Up. The best part was the last time I used it was for Ella's 6th birthday. The only thing I had to change was Ella's name to Zeke's. Easy peasy! 



The party started at 3pm on Sunday afternoon. I did not want to serve a full lunch or dinner. Snacks are always easier. For the food table I used my Mom's old Twister mat for the table cloth. I also put 3 glass vases/containers in the middle and filled them with dominoes and dice.  



Too add a little game fun I ask Michael and Pa to use scrabble tiles to spell out the food names. 



The gift bag that Ga-Ga & Pa put Zeke's present in had the 'A' in birthday on its side so Pa thought the 'A' in MEAT should mimic that. 



We didn't have enough letters for somethings so we just had to go with the basic names. 



The kids were so excited about the Cheeto Puffs!!! 



Like always I made my yummy pineapple coconut punch! 



The only other decorations I put out were the actual games the kids could play if they wanted too. I knew that I wasn't going to try to organize all the kids into playing games. For the most part kids just want to play with each other so that's what I let them do. Later on towards the end of the party Micah did play the Suspend game with a few of the kids. It was so nice being so laid back about the whole thing! 



Present time!!! 



Zeke loves his kite! We need to actually go down to the beach so he can fly it! I think we'll do that on the last day of school since we always go to Seahurst and it's always windy there. 



Money money money....in all Zeke got $22!!! 



Ga-Ga and Pa got Zeke one of the games that Scott introduced us to. King of Tokyo....the kids love this game! See the sideways 'A'! 



Micah and Kim got Zeke the game Exploding Kittens. We had played it at there house before and the kids thought it was so funny. 




Zeke's friend Paulo from his class that lives across the street got him The Game of LIFE. We already had electronic version of this game, but the credit card thing that dealt with the money stopped working so we had just thrown it away. 



When it came to Zeke's cake I wanted...you guessed it...EASY! I used a bunch of ice cream sandwiches and stacked them on top of each other in the form of a cube, covered it in Cool Whip and then used Oreos to make it look like a giant dice. Super easy and super yummy! 



The biggest cheese ever! 




I thought it was fun that I was able to put 6 Oreos on top! 


In between the layers of ice cream sandwiches I did put Hershey syrup. Yummy! 



Jaymes did not need a fork to enjoy his ice cream cake! 


Party people!!! 



Me and Camryn! 



Rachael and Jaymes! 



Micah and Kim! 



Jon and Becky! 



Michael and Ga-Ga! 



Samantha and Ella! 



Pa, Lilyann & Paulo. 




Clockwise starting with Jack in the Red...Andrew, Zeke, Reagan & Josiah. 



Owen and Caitlynn! 



The goodie bags for the party were filled with 3 dice so the kids could play Bunco at home, a mini deck of cards to play War with and then some Jelly Beans....which later I realized fit the theme because of the game Don't Spill The Beans! 


It was an easy, laid back party and the best of all the birthday boy enjoyed himself!  

Thursday, June 7, 2018

Tacoma Rainier's Game!

On Saturday, May 19th our church went to the Tacoma Rainier's game. We did this with them for the first time last year and we thought it was fun...plus its way more reasonable cost wise then taking the kids to a Mariner's game. Last year we had 20 people go, but this year 48 people signed up. It was so fun that so many people decided to come. The best part was how good the tickets were. We got the Little Caesar's deal so the tickets were sold in 4-packs for $44. On top of the tickets you also got dinner...hot dogs, chips and water, plus 4 Rainier's hats, plus you got coupons to use later for Little Caesar's pizza and crazy bread, plus you got buy one get one free coupons for the Point Defiance Zoo AND the Museum of Glass. It was a screaming good deal! 



Last year we arrived late because traffic was a nightmare. We did not want a repeat so we dropped Ella and Zeke off at Ga-Ga & Pa's and then we headed out early with the older boys. Because of getting there so early we were able to hang out on the playground prior to the game. 



It was perfect timing because right when we got to the play-area all the Little League kids had been called over to the field. Because of this it was practically deserted. 




Handsome boy with this transition lens! 



I love that Jack was wearing his hat backwards. The hats were really good quality! 




When we first walked through the door there was this table set up with the hats and they were also handing out Little Caesar's cookies. The boys wanted to go back and see if they had anymore cookies. I didn't see any, but Little Caesar himself was there so I got the boys picture with him. 




My kids usually do not want their pictures taken with characters...at all...ever! I actually love that they don't like it because that is one of my least favorite thing to do at any fair or amusement park of any kind. Characters for the most part weird me out. 



Hanging out with my main squeeze!!! 



Last years game was super boring! Nothing happened until we finally left in the 8th inning. The kids could make it any longer because they were freezing. This year we came prepared with blankets! The best part was the game was SO entertaining. I think the second play of the game the catcher missed the ball and the guy on first was able to steal second. There were home runs, double plays, errors, a broken bat, a batter got hit by the pitch, the catcher interfered with the play...you name it, it happened. Super entertaining! 



Jack was ready with his mitt! Owen was just there for the food! ;)




Also the seats were amazing! Right there between home plate and first base. Amazing! There was only one downside to the entire event. RAIN!!!! Shortly after the game began it started raining. Of course when I checked the weather earlier it said 24% chance, but nope it rained and rained and rained. We learned the year before to bring blankets since we got chilly, but we did not bring any raincoats or ponchos. So...now we know to bring those things as well. The funny thing is it felt fine while it was raining, but when it stopped that's when the temperature dropped and I was super aware that I was soaking wet. The boys of course were complaining and asking to go home! We ended up making it to the end of the 5th and then we called it. Almost everyone that had come from church had already left as well. It was really fun even if we had to leave early. I honestly can't wait to go next year! I'm definitely going to try to get the seats in the same section again!