October is the beginning of a lovefest of birthdays for our family. Three of the four children have birthdays within four weeks of each other, and two are only three days apart. Then there’s all of the nieces and nephews b-days too! Our two oldest exchange turns each year with who gets to have the all-out knock down birthday party bash. It’s always something that both kids look forward to, no matter who’s turn it is.
This year was Jack’s turn to live it up with his own choice of a Lego themed birthday. So for the first two weeks of October, I hunkered down in my small bits of free time, and made Lego themed invitations, tracked down lego themed party games, pulled together goodie bags, and perused lego birthday cake ideas. The work paid off, and Jack ended up with an organized (so not me) party complete with party games, and a lego cake that survived my poor decorating skills to boot.
The games were a combination of ideas I had found online, and modified ideas for a lego/farm theme. Games included: How Many Legos Are In The Jar?, Lego Hunt In A Haystack, Two Minute Lego Tower Race, and a Lego Scavenger Hunt. The “Build a Lego Man” scavenger hunt was a unique idea of ours that took some planning, but went off really well. Two teams raced across the farm building a lego person piece by piece complete with two tools. I made sure all of the kids had ran about a half mile before it was all over. The winning team was sweaty and glowing:
Three traditions continue to exist in our birthday bashes regardless of the theme: a rented blow up jumping gym, pizza lunch, and a pinata. This year, I was going to do without the pinata, but Grace would not allow it, and decided to make her own Lego pinata out of a box and glued on tissue paper for Jack. We all had a good laugh over her pinata stuffing practices. I had not planned on a pinata, so hence I had no candy. Suddenly, small trinkets and random possessions started disappearing, ending up in the pinata: pens, hats, dress up masks, paper note pads, etc.. She put so much effort into her brother’s pinata, I couldn’t let her down. We made a clearly necessary candy run. I have to hand it to Grace, the pinata was a loving gesture and it turned out wonderful!
The whole thing turned out very well, which may sound lame, but if there is one thing I am not, it is a party planner. So at the end of the day, it was really rewarding to know that Jack had an enjoyable time with his friends and family. It was his day, and he was a gracious host. I’m so proud of him. My new seven year old. He’s still not grown up enough to realize that there is ice cream dribbling down his chin onto his bare chest, or to understand that putting underwear over the top of old underwear is does not qualify as changing your underwear. But he could certainly make a strong case that he is turning into “young man”. And I couldn’t be happier with this little man of mine.