If I could work on one skill for fun right now, it would be "party styling". I am not great at this, and there are so many great blogs doing awesome jobs of making all of the other mother's jealous of their parties. We all know that if you throw the kids some cake and kool aid, they will be happy campers, but still...those pictures of perfectly fashioned parties make me swoon from time to time...so, without further ado, here is my very weak (and cheapish) version of a "stylized birthday party" without all the talent, money, and resources to use.
|Like E's shirt? I made it using a freezer paper stencil and fabric paints I had left from last year's party.|
Cups: Cheap-o clear cups from Walmart with vinyl mustaches on them that I cut.
As I was in the basement I saw the walker from last summer. (They probably want it back but it was rented for as long as we need it. I am scared to give it back, fearing if I do, he will need it again)
And that walker gave me a great idea: We'd play MAN games. First, we played baby basketball...because even as babies, the boys were men deep down ;). Then we did pin the mustache on the man, with Brennan in charge of the spinning ;) Like our blind fold? See, KIDS play pin the tail on the donkey.
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Food total cost: $18. Plus $10 for the cookie cutter that I just had to have...it was life or death after all. The cupcakes. It's a shame that Brennan did not want a CAKE...I mean, that is what I do, kwim? But the cupcakes were very easy so I didn't mind.
The birthday boy and his mama.
I can't believe Brennan is EIGHT years old. To some, eight is just another birthday, nothing too special. But to an LDS family, EIGHT is the time of choices. Of baptism. Of responsibility.
Brennan has decided to get baptized in Natchez, MS, where I was baptized as an eight year old, along with my brothers and sister (I think they were all baptized there?). My youngest brother's wedding reception will be July 16 and he will be baptized the next day after church, surrounded by family who loves him dearly...and friends who my family has known since I was a child.
It's so exciting for me to see Brennan growing up. I have these moments of AHHHHHHHHHH why is he being so _____________ (naughty, smart mouthed, argumentative, etc) But then there are moments of Ahh, this is why we had children...to enjoy them and love them and get to have the honor of being their parents, helping them learn and grow, mature and develop and grow into wonderful people.