Hello! MY OLDEST IS TEN!! How does that happen? We had what felt like a week-long celebration, so there are going to be a few posts to cover it! To start with, we had three friends over for a camp-out midweek, then we had a day of fun with just our household peeps on his actual birthday…all this on top of the separate visits with grandparents. It felt like a lot, but this birthday feels like a big one to me!
For some reason this feels bigger to me than my tenth wedding anniversary. Ten years married is just that. But this…we’re fixin’ to enter into a whole new developmental era. I can just feel it coming! So he’s funnier than ever. His sense of humor is maturing to match my own…mixed with a bit of his father’s awnriness. He’s really smart but not as into doing well at school as he is into what his friends are doing. He’s still an avid treasure hunter…I don’t think he’ll over outgrow that! And, as expected, he’s veering away from toys and towards gadgets and, you guessed it…cash money.
So for the camp out party…
Three friends spent the night, although they didn’t stay in the tent all night. We grilled as the boys arrived then started our campfire. Marshmallows, hot dogs, a few wiener jokes (cause they’re boys) and then it was dark so I told them all to meet me at the basketball goal.
Let me start by explaining that my place isn’t exactly…organized. It’s not really out of place to find random tractor parts, boards…you name it…just here or there. So they didn’t even suspect the scrap pieces of wood lying in plain sight were spray painted with glow in the dark spray paint on one side and held a riddle on the other.
I showed them the first on the basketball goal because it was under the security light and wouldn’t glow, then they had to follow the clues to find the next glowing board! I’ll tell you my clues but you’ll have to do what fits your situation, obviously…
“If you were a cow who hadn’t eaten in a while, you’d be happy to find this great big pile.”
Under the clue board was a container of flashlights (one for each child). They used the lights to safely trek to the next location, but had to turn them off to find the clues in the dark.
The next clue read:
“If it’s hot and you can’t swim there’s no need to frown. Use one of these so that you don’t drown.”
The clue was:
“If the goat’s home is her castle, then this is her moat.”
“This will be a long walk in the dark. Where would you cook if you went to a park?”
It really was a long dark walk but they did it! And they got their final clue:
“Now on to your prize. You’ll think that it’s neat! It’s laying on top of next winter’s heat!”
They had a blast! The prize was easy to make…
Just scrap fabric squares filled with midnight snacks and tied around sticks (my little pyro didn’t even look in his bag…he yanked out his stick and went to playing in the fire LOL).
What was funny was that they weren’t even well hidden and I had put every thing in place days before the party while the kids were with my mom. They kept saying, “I can’t believe we didn’t see that when we…” Too cute!
I had these big plans to cook everything on the fire but we didn’t wake up out there (or keep the fire going all night), so I just made bacon, eggs and cinnamon rolls in the house. I’m still going to try this cool idea to cook cinnamon rolls in orange peels, though!
I pretty much just let them be boys the next day. We did make these cool little water bombs I found at endlesslyinpired.com and they played dodge ball with them. Super easy, just cut sponges into roughly one inch strips (ours had scour pads that we had to rip off, then we cut them in half length ways), group together 4 – 6 strips, then rubber band the center, they flare out naturally and are tons of fun. Just soak them in a bucket of water and you’re ready to go!
We filled some water balloons, too, which was probably more fun than actually playing with them! We were all soaked just from that!
I made a pan of brownies instead of cake, and decided to dress it up a bit. I cut marshmallows into thirds and colored them green then put them on top and popped it back in the oven on broil.
It was supposed to look like grass and dirt or…I don’t know. Anyway, my daughter and I had fun watching the mallows poof up then deflate. When the mallows had cooled I placed a tent and campfire from a new army play set on top.
Not my most glamorous cake, but it was more than just a pan of brownies and he liked it. His friends really like marshmallows melted on brownies!
For his actual birthday I had too many ideas of what I wanted to get him. I waited too long a was left with a whole lot of little things, but lacked that one “wow” gift. So we improvised…
We gave him $10 but you know I like to think outside the card with money gifts. I thumb tacked ten balloons down the hall, each with a dollar and candy, then he had to bust the balloons with a skewer.
Then we did gifts and a day of fun a few hours from home at a go-cart/bowling/put-put place. Super fun!!
I finally admitted today that one of his gifts was maybe more for me. I think I said, “This is the best gift I’ve even bought you for myself! It’s this cool book that comes with a few Lego pieces that you add to your own collection to build chain reactions…LOOK!
(Caution: Turn your volume down cause I get a bit excited! And it’s crappy because it’s my stupid smart phone…)
So, there’s one more thing, but it’s going to be for another day, because I’m way too tired tonight! Please let me know what you think! Favorite birthday memory? Will you try any of these ideas? Anything! I love to hear from you!
‘Til next time!