|What happiness looks like|
|So many reasons to like this pic: his sweet smile in his new GB jersey, his dad's traumatized photo bomb, and Olivia just walking through the yard in her flouncy skirt in the background.|
|Green grass and sun!|
On Sunday, we planned an afternoon kid-party for Cole. I was a cheerleader for heading somewhere to celebrate this year (laser tag? mini golf? anything?), but Cole LOVES to have his friends over to play. We invited 5 of his besties and they all were able to make it to the sports-themed party! Despite the pending rain, we got our sports-challenge scavenger hunt in just before raindrops started to fall. They boys had a blast. Here are some tips if planning a similar shindig:
- Six 1st graders is plenty.
- Chocolate cupcake can easily get ground into carpet. Remove all carpet or make white cake.
- Don't use frosting. They may use the frosting for face paint. You know, to be funny.
- A pinata in the garage is great! But warning: candy falling to a cement surface may cause mini sugar explosions all over. Put a blanket down or just randomly throw candy at them like wild animals.
- Have a basement. Put them in it.
- Have a plan, but be ready to abandon it if they're having fun doing what 1st grade boys to best...wrestle and be loud.
|I love the interest in the present-opening|
So, Cole, happy birthday to you. You are sweet, snuggly, and kind. You are becoming stronger-willed, motivated and tough. Whether it be a secret plan with Dad to get donuts in the morning, or those smiling cheeks I can see from a block away as you coming running off the bus, you truly light up our days.