From Instagram last Friday morning: The birthday boy is such a great kid! He knows it has been a busy week and smiled and thanked me when he saw his simply frosted cake this morning after requesting a “surprise” theme this year… Sean just took him to get a birthday hot cocoa and it’s time for the rest of us to get busy with the rest of the decorations!!! His day will be filled with surprises!
He really did think it was all I was able to pull together for his birthday… and he was perfectly fine with that! Wednesday we had the opportunity to purchase a used bunk bed for the little boys (I’ll post more about that later) and after a trip to the hardware store Sean and I were up until well after midnight assembling the bed. Thursdays are always filled with lots of schoolwork and tutoring, and just when I was about to start decorating the cake we received a call from Captain’s doctor letting us know that he is referring us to the specialists at the children’s hospital 5 hours away, which had me fighting tears the rest of the night… (Please continue to pray for Captain. They suspect CVS, but need to rule out other diseases. We will also be having him tested for food allergies and sensitivites soon.) His reaction and gratitude for even a simple cake made the rest of the surprises we had in store for him that much more exciting and fun!
- 9″ round Funfetti Cake
- 14oz container of Whipped Cream Cheese Frosting tinted with Yellow Concentrated Gel
- Small Pop Corn Boxes
- Kettle Corn Pop Corn
- 12 Birthday Candles
I bought two 12 packages of the Wilton Dot Candles so we wouldn’t need to use the purple. These reminded Captain and I of Legos and matched our theme perfectly!
Before we left for the movie, we had him open a few of his gifts.
The first was a tackle box filled with the discontinued Lego Mindstorms NXT that one of my friends son’s had outgrown and she had passed down to us!!!
He also opened the gifts (coins, drawings, a candy bar, etc) from all of his siblings.
|“COOOOOOKIE!!!!” said Bud, after his older brother opened the Twix from Twinkle Toes.
Ranger was surprised once again when we arrived at the theater and discovered that five of his friends were joining us for the movie, and would be spending the rest of the day with us. His one and only past birthday party that included friends was his Bowling Birthday Party on his 7th (Golden) Birthday!
Note: The Lego Movie was fun and entertaining, and it definitely had me laughing at times. However, just like pretty much every Hollywood movie anymore, it included some bad humor, language, and unnecessary scenes that we would have skipped had we watched it at home. We only took our oldest three (ages 10-13) to see the movie and the four younger children had fun with their cousin and aunt during the movie.
His favorite gift was the surprise Ranger’s Cloak (complete with a “Claw of Kalkara” for the clasp!) made by my dear friend Erica, along with a silver pewter oak leaf I ordered from a shop on Etsy! He has been wearing them nearly non-stop since his birthday. I hope you are planning to open that Etsy shop soon, ELM! I have four more children who has already requested cloaks for their upcoming birthdays this year…
*I’m officially changing Rascal’s blog nickname, at his request. He was only 5 when I started blogging and quickly outgrew “Rascal” later that year! I’m hoping that since they both start with “R” it won’t cause too much confusion…