For his birthday, I gave him a “Military” themed party. We invited 20 of his friends–BEFORE we realized that his daddy would be off fighting fire! Thanks to TONS of help from my wonderful Aunt Bridget (who was not only present for Captain’s birth, but always comes to my aid when I am in desperate need of help!) , we had an almost perfect day. (It just couldn’t be perfect without daddy… We miss him SO MUCH!)
Not all the boys were able to come, but if you count our family, we had 19 children and 12 adults!
When the boys arrived, dressed in their fatigues, they signed in for “boot camp,” and were given their personalized dog tags and helmets.
I had tables set up with a large variety of Military Coloring Pages for the boys to color while we waited for everyone to arrive.
my brother Brian the “Drill Sergeant” had arrived, it was time to get the games started, so we began with Basic Training.
I set up an obstacle course using our play set.
The objective was to climb the rock wall, come through the fort, down the ladder, over the balance beam, across and back on the monkey bars, run through 2 tire, crawl under the
twine barbwire, climb the rope ladder, go down the slide, and hit the target on a nearby tree with a ball.
We had one boy (pictured below) who made it through the course in only 36 SECONDS!!!! Can you believe that? Amazing!!
After Basic Training, it was time for Air Force Academy. The boys all made their own paper airplanes and we had a flight competition to see whose would fly the farthest. (For most of the competitions, we broke the boys into groups by age–younger boys and older boys.)
Next it was time for Sergeant Says. The “Sergeant” had a little too much fun with this game.
Even Twinkle Toes joined in the fun.
After the games (we never did get to all the ones I had planned. Why do I ALWAYS over plan??), supplied with tons of cardboard, I had them break into two teams to build their forts for the upcoming
water balloon fight Battle, while we served up dinner.
I was keeping these boys BUSY!
After dinner they had their battle. I really enjoyed *watching* from the sidelines, and snapping a few photos!
At the request of Captain, I made a “Tank” Cake. Capitan loved, Loved, LOVED it! I must say that I was pretty excited with how it turned out as well! What do you think? Do you like it? Does it look like a tank?
Anyhow, after the boys ate their
German Chocolate and White German and American Tank cake with Triple Chocolate Ice Cream, it was time for Captain to open his gifts.
He was completely spoiled. (Good thing he knows that these birthday parties are not a yearly event!! Usually it is just our family.)
(Yes! My Auntie made me wear camo…and I am looking pretty tired by this point!)
I am in desperate need of some sleep after this weekend, but before I go, I want to send a Big HUGE thank you to Aunt Bridget for all the help!!!! You are AWESOME!!! Thank you Brian, JoAnn, Mary and everyone else who helped me keep up with it all during the party! I SO appreciated the help! And thank you to all of Captains friends for helping to make his day such a special one!