On this particular Saturday, I began my annual tradition of telling him all about the first day I met him, but he surprised me and said he wanted to tell the story. He said it was the day "I made you a mommy." His version of things is a bit watered down, but surprisingly accurate considering this is not something we talk about daily. His account: "We lived in a residence hall with the college girls [love that he knows this little fact about his life] and you and daddy and Aunt Cheri went to the hospital in Fort Sanders [the boy does love details]. I got stuck and my breathing tube messed up so it was scary and they had to cut open your tummy and I popped out and cried a lot."
He cuddled me for 2 more seconds and then begged for the iPad.
If anyone would have told me 7 years ago after that awful mess of a "miracle of childbirth" with a cord prolapse, sprinting doctors, and emergency surgery would ever be something I looked back on with fondness I would have laughed in your face.
But here I am, happily remembering the day my little boy made me a mommy. I cannot believe that little chubby-cheeked 9 pounder is 7 years old!! Time sure does fly!
For his birthday party this year, Jeremy requested a Minecraft theme. Someone please tell me what the heck Minecraft is. Seriously. I just threw a party centered around it and I still don't know. Wikipedia is my friend. Also, all the moms of the world who took photos at their kid's Minecraft parties and made them available via a Google search. I thank you.
Anyway, so our party took place in one of the residence halls due to some extenuating circumstances (but we totally cleaned everything up, the students were gone, and no staff members were inconvenienced - for the record). We did a scavenger hunt (a mission to find the party!) and bounced around the floors playing games (completing levels!) until we unlocked the party location and found the food and presents. It was actually a ton of fun. Here is how it went:
First the kids met up in the lobby and had to find a hidden clue in the room that contained a riddle that would lead them to their first level. All the riddle answers were a number, and that number was the floor we had to go to for the next level. Which means that I totally turned this birthday party into learning time with math word problems and thinking games. Score one for me! As they completed each lever, they earned a sticker on their wristbands and got to hear the next clue.
|so funny how a piece of paper took our mission to a whole new level of seriousness for the kids|
The first level was to build a tower of marshmallows and toothpicks. I think they build towers in this Minecraft game. Right?
The second level was to blow up the animals with TNT sticks. I realize this sounds very violent, but they really do blow up animals on the game and TNT is a prominent feature. They LOVED this. I made a pig, cow, and reused my shark from last year.
The third level was to pop all of the balloons (we filled a study room with tons of balloons). It was massively loud, but very fun. Part of the successfully completed mission was also to clean up the mess at the end.
|Vi tried so hard to keep up with the big kids, but popping those balloons was not her favorite, instead she tried to save them|
The final level was to find all the hidden "Steve" characters. Mom and I hid 20 Steves (the guy from the game) and they had to find all 20 to succeed.
|all 20 Steves!|
Once they had all 4 stickers on their wristbands, they got the final riddle to unlock the party location! It was amazing to me how much fun they had with this silliness. They were screaming out the answers and literally sprinting to the elevators and jumping with excitement to see what was next.
The "party" room was all set up with cupcakes, goody bags, "zoombie boogers" (green grapes), and TNT sticks (twizzlers). They were also served "creeper juice" (sprite with green sherbet) and they loved it all.
|goody bags = sticker paper I made using the design I used from his invitation, cupcake topper = creeper printed on cardstock taped to a toothpick, and limited non-messy food since we were not at home|
|cut up twizzlers wrapped with printed TNT sign|
|green grapes bagged with sticker label of a Minecraft zombie - I try to channel my inner 7 year old boy - gross!|
Jeremy got lots of fun presents!!
In their goody bags, they all got a little parachute man, so I let them drop them off the balcony in the lobby as the final fun moment. You have no idea how exciting that was for them. Kids are so weird.
Jeremy loved his party, and as his gift, Brian and I gave him an iTunes gift card to actually purchase Minecraft. He was super pumped. I never let them have apps unless they are free, so a $7 Minecraft purchase was a huge splurge for him.
As always, I have to give MASSIVE THANKS to my amazing parents for making the trip from Memphis to celebrate with our boy. I really could never pull off the homemade parties the kids love without the tireless help of my amazing mom. So much love for this boy on his big day!!