Friday, September 10, 2010

may the force be with you

Easton turned 7! I still can't quite believe he is 7 years old. Wow! That sure makes me feel old.

He had a Star Wars Birthday Party and it was tons of fun. But I did decide two things - 1) I really need want to take a photography class, so all my pictures don't turn out just BLAH and 2) For the next birthday party that I put so much effort into, I am going to specifically ask someone to just come take pictures. We did many fun things, that took a lot of effort but I didn't take pictures of any of them because I was too busy running the show. ;) Anyways, here's some of the things we did - without pictures to prove it. Destroy the Death Star Pinata. Star Wars Bingo. Jedi Training Course. Pin the Ship in Outer Space.

When the kids arrived (on a side note, since when does every invited kid come to a birthday party? East invited 14, so I planned on 10 plus my 3 older boys, but we ended up with everyone there. So poor Peyton and Cole didn't get their own lightsabers. Maybe if people would've RSVP'd like I asked them to...I totally understand not calling when you aren't coming, but when you are?! Really? Anyways...) they got to choose the color of their lightsaber and Seth made it for them. Then they got their Jedi Knight Robes (made by my fabulous mother!). Then it was off to the Jedi Training Course. Seth set up an obstacle course - with lava and rocks, jumping, tunnels, balancing and then to fight Darth Vadar (Seth :) at the end. They loved doing that!!  

Then we came inside and played Star Wars Bingo (made by me, so if anyone wants to borrow it, I'd love to get more use out of it) until Seth got back with pizza. After lunch, we played Pin the Ship in Outer Space (I have no idea what it is actually called, but it was an actual Star Wars game I found at a party store), which was kind of hard to keep everyone's attention, so that didn't last long. Then we went outside to Destroy the Death Star. They loved hitting the pinata, but who doesn't? 
Then we had his Lightsaber cake and ice cream (I'm bummed this is the only picture I got of the cake, cause it actually turned out pretty cool.) and then opened presents.
It was such a long, fun time for all. And it was definitely worth being so exhausted afterward. But it did make Seth and I re-think how we'll be doing birthday parties in the future. As we were getting things ready the night before, Seth said "4 times a year? Are we really going to do this 4 times a year?" Hmm... I'm not so sure.

Happy Birthday Easton! You are such an amazing example to your younger brothers and mom and dad. So smart. So sweet. So sensitive. So hilarious. We love you East the Beast!


Christie @ A Lemon Squeezy Home said...

That looks like a blast. I hear you on the parties--I'm planning Carson's for tomorrow and we have 11 kids total, which is crazy--I already know because once you invite one, you have to invite SO many others, siblings, etc. Crazy, but yes, worth it!

Vannessa said...

Jeezo!! Sounds like a funnn party!!! Lucky kids. Wish I could have been around to give East a big wet one for his birthday!

Curtiss & Ginger said...

you are AMAZING!! I cant believe how much fun that looks!!!! I will hire you to throw parties for all my kids someday :) ummmm and CRAZY that less than a year East will be getting baptized...when did your kids get so old?!?!

Curtiss & Ginger said...

OH! and I LOVE LOVE your new picture heading!! It is so precious!!!!!!

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