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Party Time…Almost

It’s party prep time at our house again.  Birthday parties are always a big deal for us and the boys enjoy the planning almost as much as the party itself.  They talk about possible themes for days and, as far as they are concerned, the sky is the limit.  They really are very creative.  I love the innocence involved in what they think is possible.  They are not held back by what we may think of as practical considerations.  As a result, they come up with some great ideas.  They are still young enough as well to think that mom can make it all happen.  No pressure.  This year we settled on a mixed theme of Plants (from Plants v. Zombies) v. Creepers (from Minecraft).  I feel pretty strongly that zombies are not a great party theme for kids parties.  The boys were upset that I was violating the integrity of the game for a bit, but then they realized they could combine two of their favorite games.  Bonus.

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My son decided early on that he wanted a Nerf War party at our local children’s gym.  It is a great boy party, if a bit shorter than most other places.  So, it will be a shoot out between the plants and the creepers.  I just hope the war is won by the time the party planner tells us to move on for pizza.  Just to be safe, I am letting her tell the 20 armed children it’s time to go.

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There is still much to be done.  Of course this is happening in the midst of a busy time for us otherwise.  Some nights when I am up late getting things done I wonder if I will ever get to sit and knit again.  So I found a quick knit for a cabled headband to work on in my down time.  (haha)  It is similar to one I have had my eye on in one of my favorite catalogs.  I just could not bring myself to order it knowing I could make it myself.  I wanted to write a pattern myself, but there is just no time for that right now.  So I found a great pattern on Ravelry.  http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/crab-claw-hairband—headband  Here is my version so far.

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One more thing.  I had to pick our first baby pumpkin from our garden today.  I am kind of sad about that because the boys and I really wanted it to grow big.  But the plant was not doing well and I didn’t want to lose it altogether.  So we have a cute tiny pumpkin.

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So, I am wondering, what birthday party did you or your child enjoy the most?

Visions of Last Time Flash Inside My Mind…

I know you’re looking at that cave and you’re feeling kind of brave…Don’t Mine At Night.  Minecraft lyrics keep running through my mind today.  It might have something to do with the million times we listened to that song in preparation for our Minecraft camping trip with Scouts.  I have a feeling Minecraft will be very unpopular with me by the time we are done camping.

Today was a beautiful day for a pirate ride with the Jersey Shore Pirates.  www.jerseyshorepirates.com  My nephew had his birthday party there today and you really could not ask for a better party.  The kids loved it.

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Admiral Aidan, Daring Dane and the rest of the young pirates successfully found the treasure, defeated Pirate Pete and celebrated with grog, pizza and cake.

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Before we headed off to pirate adventures, our soccer team had another great win – 3 and 0 so far!  My little goalie successfully defended his first penalty kick today.  It was his first experience one on one with a direct kick, and as his mom/coach I was a little nervous.  It was a good kick, but he caught it!  This is the face of a proud kid!  It was an exciting and happy moment for us.

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While we were at the game my other guy was making pumpkin cake with Nana.  I wish you could have smelled the house when we walked in!  Heaven!  Needless to say we got forks and dove right in.  My family has an affinity for pumpkin.  Pumpkin muffins, pancakes, pie, soup, we love them all.  The cake was delicious!  Mmm : )

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Tomorrow is another busy day…  I can’t believe I have another race and I didn’t get to write about last week’s half marathon yet!  The pictures are in and I will eventually share them.  Tomorrow I am off to Run the Vineyards.  Wish me luck!

So, I am wondering, what is the best kids birthday party you have taken your child to?  What made it so good?

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