My youngest celebrated his eighth birthday this weekend! Eight!!! Holy cow, the time flies.
We had two days of festivities that began with a swim at one of the local community centers. I picked up Luke, Nick, and Luke's two party guests right after school. And they were rarin' to go!
They swam for over 3 hours straight – no breaks, no complaints. I am so grateful that we took all those years of swim lessons. My boys were like fish!
Here is Luke climbing on top of the giant squid.
Nicholas even went down the big, huge slide! This was a first for him. He had to climb up many many stairs to enter it. And once was enough to get him hooked. He went down 3 more times before coming back to swim with the other boys.
Look at the sheer joy!
We went home for dinner, cupcakes, presents, a movie, and a sleepover. The next morning (before a healthy breakfast of Lucky Charms) I took this photo. They were all playing Minecraft on their separate hand-held, electronic devices (so telling of the day and age we live in, right?).
I put together some goodies for each of the boys to take home. And of course, I used my Stampin' Up! supplies to make the personalized tags and treat wrappers. (See the supply list below for what I used.)
After the friends left, family came to celebrate with us on Saturday. Grandma & Papa Jandro (my husband's parents) came in time to say good-bye to the sleepover friends. Grandma & Grandpa Tessman (my parents) arrived a couple hours later. And it was fabulous that the grandparents were able to visit with each other for a few hours. Luke was spoiled that afternoon with love and affection (and presents).
I have to say I think it was pretty darn cute that he wanted to wear his crown that he got from his second grade teacher this whole weekend.
The grandparents were all impressed to find out that Luke can now put together his elaborate Lego sets. In fact, he got 4 Lego sets and had them all put together within 24 hours.
Oh yes! No full cake this time. I took the easy route and made cupcakes. I found a shark fin candy mold on Amazon so I could make chocolate shark fins. Thank you for the idea, Pinterest!
Pinterest also gave me this great idea for a watermelon shark. It was super easy to make, too. Luke loved it.
Grandma & Papa left around 3:30 for their long drive home. But Saturday evening, the cousins and aunts and uncles came by and the celebrations took us right up until bedtime. What a fun birthday! We loved that so many were able to come and celebrate with us.
So glad Yvie Lu (baby cousin, Yvette) made her presence, too. She was definitely a source of entertainment for all.