Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Birthday Bash, Part2

First of all, I found out that I posted the same baby twice instead of one of each of my friend, Ruth's, twins! So I've fixed it now - one of each!

So, after the pancake toss, the great Cotton Ball Race was next. In this game, you hold a spoon in your mouth, and there's a cotton ball on the spoon. You go as fast as you can with out dropping the cotton ball off the spoon, and once you make it around the bucket and back to your team, the next member goes until each person on the team has finished. Here's some great photos the race:

[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="400" caption="Everyone is ready!"]Everyone is ready![/caption]

[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="400" caption="The Race is On"]The Race is On - Kalina get's some help from Adelia[/caption]

[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="400" caption="Jessica Helps Malia"]Jessica Helps Malia[/caption]

[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="400" caption="Oops - that silly cotton ball jumped off the spoon!"]Jessica Helps Malia[/caption]

[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="400" caption="Almost halfway!"]Jessica Helps Malia[/caption]

The next event was the Jump Rope Contest!  We divided the kids up by size/gender so there was room to jump - here's some of the action:

[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="400" caption="Zoe's levitating!"]Jump Rope[/caption]

[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="400" caption="That girl's got some serious air!"]Jump Rope[/caption]

[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="400" caption="Can you tell who missed?"]Jump Rope[/caption]

[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="400" caption="Who says white boys can't jump!"]Jump Rope[/caption]

[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="400" caption="These girls can jump too!"]Jump Rope[/caption]

[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="400" caption="The boys got some serious air too!"]Jump Rope[/caption]

[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="400" caption="The "big" boys outdid everyone though - these three just kept going and going - we even went really fast and they kept going!  For some reason, Wes won - I'm sure his firefighter training helped out on this one!"]Jump Rope[/caption]

The next event was the "triathalon" - not a three part event, but you had to have either three feet or three heads!  This meant either you had two people with the legs tied together to make three feet, or one big person carrying two little people, making three heads - here's some of the triathalon competitors:

[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="400" caption="This group is going to be 3-headed"]Three[/caption]

[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="400" caption="Three heads again - Jonathan holding Zoe and Mordecai is on the back!"]Three[/caption]

[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="400" caption="Three legs here - you go girls!"]Three[/caption]

[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="400" caption="Jonathan is in there somewhere!  See, I told you it was Mordecai in the back!"]Three[/caption]

[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="400" caption="Three legs here too!  I think Boaz is enjoying himself!"]Three[/caption]

[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="400" caption="Three heads this time - but I'm not sure whose legs those are!  Christian is carrying Tucker, I think?!"]Three[/caption]

[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="400" caption="I believe there's a fireman under those cute girls!"]Three[/caption]

[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="400" caption="Adelia is giving some helpful instruction to these newbies to the art of the three legged race!"]Three[/caption]

[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="400" caption="Perfect Synchronization here!"]Three[/caption]

The hoola hoop race came next,  (it was on the driveway to get the kids out of sight while the treasure hunt riddles were hidden), and the treasure hunt was kids just running everywhere and massive confusion when the wrong riddles where in the wrong place...I still have no idea how I messed up so badly on that one! Then it was the invention game - each team found a bin of "stuff" at the end of the treasure hunt and had to create an invention that they had to "sell" to a group of judges.  This was really fun and each team did a great job - here's a few pics of that one:

[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="400" caption="Can you hear the cogs turning - this is serious brain activity here!"]The Big Sell[/caption]

[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="400" caption="This was a funny invention - an arrow shooter, plus a potato head target (off screen, but that's what they are laughing about!"]The Big Sell[/caption]

[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="400" caption="Here's the old potato launcher!"]The Big Sell[/caption]

[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="400" caption="And this one was last, but best - a blow gun that actually worked!"]The Big Sell[/caption]

And then while the BBQ was BBQing,  Jeff led the kids in some really fun round of musical chair with his AWESOME guitar playing - he even had the kids count the beat to start (1, 2, 3, 4...)

[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="400" caption="Round and Round we go...When we'll stop, nobody Knows!"]Musical Chairs[/caption]

[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="400" caption="Who's out of a chair??"]Musical Chairs[/caption]

After that, it was time to eat.  Then after everyone had gotten a belly full - we had burgers, hot dogs, salads, chips, watermelon, vegies, juice, and of course Birthday Cake from Costco...Yum!!!

Lastly, we pulled out all the stops and had a great carnival, complete with a prize booth!

[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="400" caption="The ducks even matched the ducky pool - "]Ducks[/caption]

[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="400" caption="This was a very popular game as you always won something!"]Ducks[/caption]

[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="400" caption="Jessica was dishing out the Snow Cones "]Ducks[/caption]

[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="400" caption="We also had a balloon Pop game! "]Ducks[/caption]

Then everyone went home with their goodies, we spent a while cleaning up (thanks to the VanderPols for helping so much with that).  Also I want to thanks the moms who helped in the kitchen, the dad's who played with babies, the moms who watched over Esther, and all the kids for being such great kids all day!

Phew!  I think it took almost as long to post about this party as it did to host it!  Not really, but there were soooo many great photos, that I just had to use lots of them!

Until next year!

PS - I've decided that next year, and subsequent years, will not be as elaborate and will definitely NOT be held on the day before we leave for camping!  I do plan to have a theme for each party though - only 11 months to figure out what next years theme will be!


  1. When I originally saw this post I thought that it looked like a really fun party!!

  2. I am glad I chose to visit your blog today after being away for a while--got AWESOME ideas for our homeschool party AND who knows, might win a Starbucks! ; ) I love the idea for the bucket of things they had to make a cool "product" from and then "sell" to the judges--will definately be trying this. But I am really curious what items you had in the buckets--the same items for all the teams? If you happen to see this comment and want to give more info, I would be glad to have it!

    And so nice to see Esther looking so healthy and strong! My little guy turned 1 today--and is loving his little "boy" print diapers from you. : )