It is still November, right?
Because otherwise, I'm really belated in posting about Jack's 8th birthday!
Anyhow, Jack turned 8. He partied like it was 1999. Or whatever the year was that ET came out
(I jest! I know ET came out WAY before then.
What do you mean, what's ET? Kids these days, sheesh!)
Jack couldn't make up his mind about what sort of party theme he wanted. To be honest, I was so tired (at only 7 months preggo) that I wasn't up to putting major effort into a party.
A week or so before his birthday he decided on...
I said no. That is a them that needs some time to do well.
"Aliens" was his back-up choice. (note to readers: searching under "aliens" on pintrest can pull up some uber-creepy things, as I quickly learned). We went for the non-horrific version.
So the kiddos built their own flying saucers...
and took them out back for a test flight. It was a gorgeous, warm and sunny day.
I miss those days.
Some of the finished creations. We were all pretty impressed by how well those UFO's flew!
The kids spent ages perfecting their flying saucers. Seriously, I think it took up half the time!
Then we had a rip-roaring game of "land the UFO on the alien planet". It took about 5 seconds and the kids were DONE. I didn't take pictures of the moon rock relay, but that was another shortie.
Then, it was time to prove our human superiority by eating the alien UFO cake. Nope, not my snazziest creation, but I had a funeral to attend that morning and I valued sleep more than a pretty cake :) I am not the coolest-mom-ever whilst pregnant. There's always next year!
Look, it's the cake again! If I had thought about it a little longer, I would've used the cake plate to look like the bottom of the UFO (and put a cow with a light shining down on it in the base of the plate so it looked like the UFO was beaming the cow up...ah, well, too late now!).
But, hey, it's cake, right? So the kids ate it and opened presents and everyone went home, I'm assuming they were happy. Because we were all pooped!
Jack's actual birthday morning, he was spoiled! A microscope! Lego game! Books! Oh my!
And, of course, now that the kid is 8 he can be a CUB SCOUT!!! Thanks, Grammy and Pop, he loves the uniform! (3 months later, and I still have to get the unit patches and sew on his bobcat. Sigh.)
Tyler volunteers in Jack's classroom on Mondays, so he also got a pict of the class celebrating. Hooray!
Things about Jack right now:
He's sleeping (that's why I can get any blogging in :) )
Fave color: Green
Fave food: Pizza or tortellini
Fave thing to do: Read (esp. fantasy like Harry Potter or Percy Jackson)
Jack is learning to rock out on the piano. He's been playing about a year, and we're amazed at how quickly he's progressing. He's such a musical kid--one of the adults who helps me out at church was amazed that he can actually sing really well. Jack loves to be on stage. He is SMART, but he can get so caught up with what's going on in his head that reality fades to background noise (he may get that from his mom...). He is generally a fantastic big brother. Jack is very caring and compassionate. He is NOT physically competitive but is a perfectionist about non-physical stuff (like school work and being right). We cannot believe how quickly this kid is growing up!