Monday, November 8, 2010

Beckham is 6!

Beckham turned 6 on Sept. 23 just a few days after we returned from Europe.  We had planned, ok semi-planned, to have his friend birthday party the weekend after his birthday. His actual birthday involved me randomly breaking out into the Happy Birthday song with pretty awesome, so non-embarrassing, dance moves, a few presents, and a dinner at McDonald's.

When Beckham came upstairs the morning of his birthday he stopped at the top stairs and said, "Is that special birthday breakfast I smell?"

" I'm sorry, Bud, was there supposed to be?"


I hadn't planned on a special birthday breakfast, why I don't know, but we didn't have much in the house. Thankfully scrambled eggs and toast felt special enough since we are SO not a hot breakfast kind of a family i.e. I don't do mornings and so my children get cold cereal.

*note to self: the children have started a special breakfast tradition on their birthdays. Don't let them down.*

He had requested legos and star wars legos for his birthday. He is one lucky kid because he got everything on his list!

Beckham has been BEGGING to try taekwondo. We finally found a class that would work and it just happened to start the week of his birthday. So he had his second taekwondo class on his actual birthday.

Oh he also had piano lessons which he said was completely unfair to make him go to on his special day. I told him sometimes you have to do things you would rather not do on your birthday because, unfortunately, they have yet to make it a national holiday. (wouldn't it be funny if one day Beckham did something amazing and they DID make it a national holiday and then they found my blog and quoted me?)

His friend birthday party was one week after we returned. He really, really wanted a Star Wars theme party. I was suffering for a pretty good case of jet lag. I had NO idea jet lag could last for a week. I almost took a pregnancy test because I was that tired! No worries, it was just jet lag.

But because of that, I had no energy to get things done for the party. Thankfully, my mom is awesome! I would think of the ideas and she would execute them. Or if I had no energy for ideas she would save the day with a great one. THANK YOU MOM!!!! It wouldn't have been nearly as cool with out all your hard work.

Party Favors: Light Saber Pretzels. Pretzels dipped in colored chocolate.

A big helper :)

Puzzles found at the dollar store and the finished chocolate light sabers.

Jedi Robes waiting for the young padawans to pass their Jedi tests.

Each guest received this invitation. Actually this is the invitation I got the idea from. This is not the invitation I sent out, nor does it have any of our real information, but you get the idea.  I found this at Tip Junkie.

full size, well kid size, light sabers to complete their Jedi training. Mom made every one of these! Thank you again!

Princess Leia greeted each guest and gave them their missions

waiting for their turn on the obstacle course

obstacle course

making their own games while waiting for everyone to go through the obstacle course

Light Saber training. Train until you can hit the balloon 20 times before it touches the ground. It improves your light saber reflexes which is a very important Jedi skill.

Training is serious business

With the training complete, the newly robed Jedis are off to destroy the Death Star

waiting for the battle to a peak at my newly painted black garage door.
We split the group up into two teams. Each team had a different color of chalk and drew Death stars on their half of the drive way. Then each team was armed with water balloons. Who ever had the most Death Stars remaining won.

drawing the Death Stars to destroy

This is one of Beckham's most favorite friends

Getting armed!

Do you see the death star on the ground in front of them?

the battle has begun!!!

Isaac, Halle, Megan, Lily, Juliann, Beckham, Bradley, Avery, James, Tennyson, Noah, Jacob, Mathew

Using the Force, the young Jedis had to defeat Darth Vader
The "it" person had a blind fold on while their team mates told them which way to swing to hit the Darth Vader faced balloon from the tree.

opening presents

Watching Star Wars outside  drinking Dark Drink (red cool aid) and Yoda Punch (green cool aid) until the parents came

Thank you to everyone who came or helped with the party!!! Beckham had a wonderful time and it was all because of YOU!!!

Beckham is a very inquisitive child. He often engages in conversation with adults because I think he relates to the topics they like to talk about.

All the adults, and all the children, in our ward know who Beckham is. He is always very quick with a compliment and tries to let you know he cares about you. Even if he has only met you one time, you can be sure at your next meeting he will ask about the status of the last thing the two of you talked about or give you condolences for any hardships he has heard of.

He catches onto things very quickly, has an amazing memory like his dad, and just recently tested reading at a 5th grade level.

He LOVES building legos and is very good a following the instructions all by himself.

Beckham adores playing the piano and reading. He will do either of those two things with any spare time he has. It's a sore spot around the house sometimes because Karaia feels like she doesn't ever get to play the piano just for fun because Beckham is always on it.

He can be so good with his younger brothers, IF he decides they aren't too boring. If he does, well then he just pushes their buttons until some drama comes into play and things are no longer boring.

Tennyson cannot get enough of Beckham. He wants to be just like him and talks about him a lot when he is at school.

Beckham really looks up to Karaia and is always wondering what she is doing. They play very well together and have even started playing with each other at recess. Beckham is always very excited to tell me when he found Karaia at recess.

Beckham needs to know how everything works and loves to be right by Kevin side whenever there is a project.

He wears his feelings on his sleeve. You never have to guess how Beckham is feeling about something or someone.

Beckham has the cutest dimple! It melts my heart every time I see it. 

Beckham brings so much joy and laughter in our lives. He has great comedic timing and he is so loving.

We love our Beckham brother!!! We are so glad he is part of our family.


Lawson Family said...

What a fun party! I love all of the creative games! Though, when I see all of those kids, Em, I think you've jumped on the crazy train!! ;0)

I'm sure Beckham will alway remember that day. Way to go Mom and Nanna!

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April Weeks said...

What incredible memories you are creating. I'm so glad I could help. It made me very happy and I wished I could have been there too. Beckham is an amazing person, and I'm so grateful I get to be part of his life.

April Weeks said...

It says posted at 5:00 AM. What are you doing up at 5?

Anonymous said...

I've had fun reading all your updates. Busy lady! Loved reading about your trip-wow-and about all the latest with your family. Happy Birthday to Beckham!! Way to throw a birthday bash, super mom!! I'm impressed.

Skye O. said...

Wow!! Way to go Princess Leia! A 6-year-old's dream come true!

how do you post so many pictures? Do you do it through blogger or somewhere else? My computer seems so slow and sometimes it doesn't work too well...any secrets or tips?

Emilie said...

Thanks everyone!

Skye, Have you selected to use the updated editor under settings?

It has been awesome!!! With the updated editor I can select every picture I want in the post with ONE upload...I know. Have you picked yourself off the floor? When you click upload and your file comes up just click you first picture than hold the shift key down. It will select all the pictures in between and then click open.

Then it puts every picture I've uploaded for that post in a que, or a waiting box. As long as I have my post open, those pictures will show up in the waiting box every time I push the picture icon.

Sometimes I do have to click on upload from a URL and then back to files but the pictures always come right back.

Initially, when all the picture first upload it can take awhile depending on how many pictures you want. This is when I start things uploading and then do laundry or something else.

When everything first loads you will notice all the pictures will be selected. You will want to go and manually deselect every picture so you insert them more carefully. I can then insert them one, or two, or three or more at a time lickity split.

Plus the updated editor allows to then click on an inserted picture and resize, relocate, or add a caption.

Super easy.

I hope that helps.

Tobi said...

Stars Wars Party = Amazing!
Beckham = Perfect

You are one amazing mom!

Greg & Lyndi Daly said...

What a fun party! You are so creative! I LOVED the balloon pics! It looked so fun I wanted to try! HAPPY BIRTHDAY BECKHAM!

Danica said...

Wow! That is quite a party! You always out do yourself! Happy Birthday Beckham!

my rebel took over said...

Fun party!! And can I just say how nice it is to see a kid actually opening his presents at his party? I don't know about there, but here it's become the norm to just collect the gifts and open them later at home. I hate that! My kids (and I) want to see your face when you open up our gift!