Monday, August 28, 2006

Eight Years Old Today!

My darling eldest turns a whopping eight years old today. I remember the day he was born like it was yesterday, an impressive feat for me, as I couldn't tell you what I ate for dinner this day last week! Yesterday (Sunday) we celebrated with a pirate and princess themed party with a few of his school friends. It was quite a successful day. Brett and I usually dread these parties, but with a carefully planned programme we made it through alive and with most of our hair!

The most well received idea I had for the party was the final game we played. I hide the loot bags in a box behind the shed, and the kids were issued with a map (pictured) and the first of a series of clues to follow to find the 'treasure'. Writing the clues as rhyming couplets was a bit of an ordeal, but the kids had a wonderful time reading them and figuring out where to look. Other activities included musical islands (based on musical chairs, but with newspaper 'islands' as we did not have enough chairs), making icecream sundaes, a doubloon drop (dropping coins into a glass in a bucket of water) and we decorated door knob hangers for the kids to take home. Of course we ate cake, I am always proud of my creations!

The day finished as my Dad always said a good story should conclude: "Tired but happy, we all went to sleep." A very good day!


Vicki said...

Sounds like a fun day. Happy b'day to your big guy. What a cool cake! and great idea on the treasure maps. I'm never that creative with parties.

xsquared said...

Happy Birthday! The party sounds like so much fun! :)

ozark crafter said...

Oh yes, happy birthday indeed! I hope it was the bestest birthday ever!!!

Jaime said...

Happy birthday to your ds..
the party sounded wonderful!

Sarah, Doug and Tom said...

Dear Emma,
Hi!!! Thanks so much for giving me access to your site - I'll be checking it regularly now!
Sounds like Sunday was a great day for everyone - congratulations!!! Wish us luck for our first birthday party on saturday

Lisa (Froggyhead) said...

Oh that cake! It looks great! Sounds like you made it a great 8th birthday! Lucky boy. :)

Emma said...

Thanks everyone! Christopher certainly was happy with his party. He said it was 'the best day ever'. Until the next really good day comes along!