Saturday, July 30, 2016

Eat. Sleep. Game. Repeat!

Last weekend was Joseph's 9th birthday party!  There were thoughts of laser tag and flag football, but a game truck was the most appropriate choice after all.  Our boy looooooooves video games and anything electronic, but because we limit him so significantly, this was both his ideal party and the perfect present from his parents - 2 straight hours of nothing but video games in an air conditioned truck with all his friends!

We welcomed guests a little early to await the arrival of the truck.  Joseph really wanted a mix of currently popular games with old school arcade games, so I made up this fun Pac-Man sign for the entry to the yard, where we had snacks, drinks, and lots of glow stick necklaces and bracelets.

Once the truck arrived, it was GAME ON!

Yes, he just "dabbed."

This was supposed to be our first "boys only" party, but we managed to sneak in a few girls from the block into the truck without them being "officially" invited.  The truck can have 20 kids simultaneously playing all different things on split screens, but of course Minecraft was up and running from the start.

And this was the adults' view from inside the house.  

Of course we checked on the kids often enough, but they were happy as could be in there alone with the gaming "coach" doing their own thing.  We sat inside with my parents and a few friends and had some wine and normal conversation.  It was the quietest child's birthday party ever!

We had plenty of time to set up the deck for dinner.  Notice the giant video game controller balloon?  The birthday boy requested a Minecraft banner, and the table decoration became a no-brainer after I found this Super Mario fabric on super sale.  Cups, napkins, and straws became piranha plants!

A few quick pieces of Pete's pizza and some fruit, then it was on to cake.  I'm still not sure where this came from, but Joseph requested a Pac-Man cake with ghost cupcakes.  And since Pac-Man is yellow, it had to be lemon cake, which I made with lemon buttercream, and it was SO incredibly delicious.

Part favors? Check!

Some of the funnest sugar cookies I have ever made - Xbox game controllers!  They turned out way better than I ever imagined, and the little stickers that match the invitation are just perfection :)

White chocolate Wii controllers!

And Minecraft diamond sword keychains/backpack pulls made out of Perler beads.  Joseph made many of them himself and even picked color combinations he thought each friend would prefer.

Lastly, Pac-Man favor boxes, filled with bubble gum.  Joseph is partial to Hubba Bubba, but I couldn't find it at a single local store!

Happy 9th birthday, my angel!  

Sorry to say, the iPad is back on lockdown LOL

Tuesday, July 26, 2016


Joseph had his 9 year old check up last week.  People are still surprised to hear that we don't just take care of all that stuff ourselves!  Isn't it better for him to hear that he needs to eat more veggies and get more sleep and have less screen time from someone other than his parents, even if they are both pediatricians?

At 9 he's finally become more self conscious and totally did not want me taking pictures of him in his underwear, but I managed to crop most of him out while still showing that he's almost as tall as Dr. Moe.  His height, by the way, is 58.5", and he weighs 118 pounds.  He's growing so much that he needs his own chart!  Happily there are no shots for a few more years.  He handled the finger prick like a pro - do you believe we screen for high cholesterol this young?  Looks like we're all clear until next year.

Random #8

A few more random photos to share.

New-ish 'do last month.  SO handsome!

Taste testers for pink lemonade ice pops.
Thank you, neighbors!

Playing a card game with 3rd grade boys.  
This is what they chose for the category of "nasty."

It's not a Fourth of July party at the Rivers' without Angie-on-a-stick!
Back on the block we didn't celebrate until the 17th!

In the most exciting news EVER, we are actually getting a craft store so close to our home, right in Friendship Heights!!  Finally, my prayers have been answered!  I guarantee I will singlehandedly keep them in business.

Lastly, this popped up in my email.  Should you ever need to get me a present and are feeling stumped, this tee would be a good choice!  (Then there's always that other one my friend Ali has that says "I quilt so I don't kill people")