Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Transformed to 5!

Beckham turned 5 on September 23!!!

Can you say Way behind on blogging!

I knew it was coming up but we had so many things right before it, the triathlon and Yellowstone, that it kind of crept up on me.

Plus, just after the trips we took he started Pre-school again on September 22. He was so excited to FINALLY get to go to school again.

He is a bit disappointed, however, as am I, that his teacher hasn't given him any homework. He lamented, " Mom, she doesn't give out any homework and that just isn't fair to the kids who want homework!" I am purposely writing that one down so that I can prove to him in the teen years that at one point he actually begged for homework.

His birthday was on a Wednesday and the plan was to have the extended family party on Monday night and then focus on, and plan, his friend birthday party the following Saturday. As I was getting ready to design the invitations the week before the friend party Beckham discovered it was not to be on his ACTUAL birthday. He was so sad and puppy-dogged face about this fact that, as a mom, I could do nothing else but hurry and change the date of the party.

Because of the shortness of time, and the fact that I had been planning on having the rest of the week to plan, things became a bit more stressful.

The family party came with lots of loved ones being able to attend and Beckham feeling special. Just as he should. Thank you to everyone who was able to make it, and to those who I know would have liked to be there.

Tuesday was spent in planning what we were going to do the next day with 9 children ages 4 to 5, with me being the only adult. Beckham had requested a transformers party and luckily there is no shortage of fun things out there on that subject.

I didn't want the party to look thrown together because I wanted Beckham to feel loved and not like an afterthought. So I tried to be as creative as possible on such short time.

I taped a plastic table cloth to the floor and then ran crape paper from the corners to the ceiling to create a little room for the party guests to gather.

As we waited for everyone to arrive I had them color a transformer.

This worked out really well, and got everyone excited for the theme.

Next we headed outside and informed them the Decepticons had stolen the ergon. As Autobots they had to complete an obstacle course in order to retrieve it.

It was so funny! By the end all of them were cheering for the last few "Autobots" to finish.

After tying a balloon to each ankle that got to the job of trying to pop each other's balloons without getting their own popped in the process. Some kids liked this more than others. Beckham and his friend Megan tied for the winners.

We headed inside for Transformer bingo. I had all the prizes laid out on the table.

The kids loved helping each other find the right picture and especially enjoyed being able to pick out a prize. Of course everyone got everything as these were also the party favors they got to take home.

I had planned for Transformers memory game, but we had too much fun with bingo and had to skip on to presents and ice cream and......


By then the moms had started to show up.

If pictures are any indicator......

......then I think we can all the party was a huge success!

I can't decided if I enjoy the quick planning better than planning for a few weeks. With this party the stress only lasted 24 hours rather than weeks and It was my most successful party. Hmmm......it probably was just a fluke so I better not plan on it.

For his birthday he got a red, two-wheeled scooter. None of this three-wheeled scooter variety for him, no sir. We also got him some pads and gloves. He wore those gloves everywhere for a week!

I don't know what we would do with out our Beckham. He keeps us on our toes and in stitches (thankfully of the laughter kind and not the medical...yet). He can be so, so tender and so, so stubborn all in the same second. He has a thirst for knowledge and has shown many signs of leadership. We love this little, big guy and are SO glad he was born!!!

Happy Birthday Beckham!!!!!

Love, Mom


Anonymous said...

Happy belated, Beckham! I can't believe he's already five. Looks like a fun party.

Mary said...

It looks like a good time was had by all! Well done Mom.

April said...

Where was I? I could've been another adult there. It all turned out perfectly. I know your kids will have great memories of you making their birthdays very special. Beckham is the best!

Chrissy said...

Awesome party Em! (The bingo prizes all laid out reminds me of Christmas at Grandma's) I think that smile on Beckham's face at the end of the party says it all! :) You are so creative, esp. on such short notice.