Sunday, March 22, 2015

Keenan's Board Game Themed Birthday Party

Keenan chose a board game (well game, but mostly board game) theme for his party and it was really fun to set up!

I thought it would be fun to put out pictures of Keenan at different ages (the one on the left is one of my favorites ever!)

We have so many games they were everywhere!

I used pieces from a bunch of different games to top the cupcakes

Scrabble Birthday message

Uno Stacko tower

The weather was so nice, the kids spent most of their time outside...

Jade and Xavier playing corn hole (that is Xavier's bag in mid air)

Jade's throw

Pretty girls

Food table, served up on various game boards

Veggies on Chess

Tomatoes in Battle Ships

Grapes on Parcheesi (?)

There were supposed to be a few other kids at the party, but they couldn't make it.  Here's the crew =)

Keenan was so happy to have Jade and Eden back in town for his party!

Cupcake and Happy Birthday time!

Keenan asked for Cookies and Cream cupcakes, a first for me.

They were so good and had an Oreo baked into the bottom!

A cool motorcycle model from Tam

He got a super cool Costa Rican soccer jersey from the Pennys.  I'm sure you'll see it on here soon.

When I went to kiss the kids before I went to bed, I found the boys like this! =)

Eagle Valley Raptor Center

Yesterday morning we went to the kids' friend, Jonah's birthday party at a center for rescued birds of prey.   It was awesome!   They take in 150 birds a year.    They have been shot, hit by cars etc.  Most are rehabilitated and released back into the wild.

I don't remember the name of this tiny owl
Editor's Note: Joia, I know you don't believe me, but I'm 99% sure he said it was a Screech Owl.

This one is a Barred Owl
(he was my favorite because he was so cute and just looked so intently at his owner the whole time he was talking)

Silly kid

Great Horned Owl

The kids checking out the contents of some owl pellets

Jawbone of a mouse

Shoulder blade


He gulped this down whole in a matter of seconds!

Just the mouse's tail sticking out =)

Trying to get 10 kids to smile into the sun (not my idea) in front of a massive eagle's nest was not very successful

Moriah having a tug of war with a vulture over a mouse =)

Keenan's ready with his mouse

Huge Golden Eagle with a wing span of 7 feet!

Brandon (the birthday boy's dad) got to hold a mouse,
call "Hannah,"

...and she flew to his arm!

I saw more mouse guts that day than I ever need to see =)

Here, the owner threw a mouse in the air in front of us (you can just barely see it at the edge of the frame at the top of the picture)...
...and Hannah flew from the other end of the enclosure and caught it in mid air!

The eagle on the right here lives with him permanently and the one at the rear (on the left) is a wild one that is nearly ready to be released back into the wild.   He had us stay at this end of the enclosure, so as to not get the wild one used to people.

Such an amazing bird!

Pouncing on a mouse he threw on the ground

In flight back to his perch

The wild one got a little agitated and flew to our end of the enclosure and swooped around (nearly touching several of the adults) and actually brushed Moriah and Tam with it's wing!    She was a little startled at first, but then was pretty excited to have been touched by a wild bald eagle! =)

The birthday boy!

Springtime Fun!

Time to catch up again! Last Wednesday, my friend, Christa, came over for breakfast with her baby girl, Eden, and our friend's baby, Malinda!

Moriah was in heaven..

Riah with Malinda

Christa helping Caleb hold Eden

That afternoon I took our kids and their friend, Tam, to a free Kid's Carnival at our library!

There were all kinds of activities (crafts, games, etc) as well as free hotdogs, lemonade and popcorn!

Silly clowns

Ring toss

Three in a row

Soup can bowling

At the end, they each got to choose two prizes!

With the clown masks they made

It was time to take the snowflakes off the window by the door and decorate the mantel for spring!

I didn't let myself buy anything new this time, and just found stuff around the house instead

This was a free printable online

This yarn ball I made is one of my favorite parts =)

Love these boys!

We decorated our eggs a little differently this year.   I saw a tutorial for dying your eggs with nail polish and decided to give it a try!

(It's quite messy, but really fun and easy)

Putting some of my many polishes to good use =)

Drying in a muffin tin (fresh from baking Keenan's birthday cupcakes)

All done, so pretty!

Moriah's eggs


The multicolored ones here are Keenan's

These are the last two we did (Caleb's pick) and I think they are the prettiest!

We welcomed the first day of spring with Free Italian Ice at Rita's!