Nate has the only summer birthday in our family. It's for this reason that we don't mind having a large crowd over for a birthday party. In our 1300 square foot home, we had 19 children, 9 adults and 1 cat. Thankfully, our backyard is HUGE (it's a shared yard and maintained by our association) so we made good use of it.
I left the guest list up to Nate, as he's not the most social kid. If he asked for someone to come, I made sure to invite them. On the list were our good friends, the Theis'. Their family and ours accounted for 15 of the 28 people we had over. Nate also invited my friend Kelly, and her lovely peanut, Isabelle.
Aren't they cute? Izzy is roughly 4 months older than Ian.
As the guests arrived, we shooed the kids outside to "hang out".
They played "Ships Across the Ocean"
And "Red Light, Green Light"
Some people were giving it their all and getting caught mid stride with a "RED LIGHT".
After a few games we brought them inside to sing happy birthday and to cut the cake. Knowing how much of a mess 5 children make in our house, we quickly served cake and ice cream and had the kids sit out on the patio.
Mitch decided to make himself comfortable on the couch. Unfortunately, this particular seat was already taken.
Apparently, Mitch was tired. :P
All in all, I think the evening was a success. We had a lot of children over, sugared them up and sent them home. Isn't that what birthday parties are for? Nate really enjoyed himself and was happy to share his day.
My little Nate, you are such a ray of sonshine. We love your sense of humor and gentle nature. What a joy these last seven years have been.
At seven years old you:
~ LOVE to build with blocks and legos
~shake your booty like no one else we know
~have a mouthful of new teeth
~a happy helper
~are well on your way to becoming a contortionist
~tell jokes and love to make people laugh
~like to make your own board games from scratch paper
~enjoy playing monopoly and monopoly deal
~are a great problem solver
~like to eat pizza and cheeseburgers (only ketchup!) and you're STILL the last one at the table
~enjoy quiet time by yourself to build or to create
WE LOVE YOU!