Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Happy Birthday Maddox!

This year Maddox wanted a pirate birthday party! So a while back we got him dressed up in his pirate costume (a Christmas present from PaPa and Mary - thank you) for his invitation photo shoot. Cutest pirate I've ever seen (though I am quite biased)...

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This is the pic that was selected for his pirate invitations...

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So Sunday was the day of the big party. We had gone crazy with pirate decor...

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Grandma Nita came through once again with an amazing cake!

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Plus Grandma Nita surprised Maddox with is very own special pirate cake that we saved for today...the "actual" birthday.

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Once the party got started - it was difficult for me to take very many pics. Tough to be the photographer and hostess. ;-) But I did manage some. Here's a pic of Olivia winning the "Pin the Eyepatch on the Pirate" game. (#5 was a cheater ;-)

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There was also an extremely chaotic treasure hunt to find their goodie bags. It was a lot of fun watching them run around finding the clues, piecing together the map, and hunting down the treasure. Here is Maddox enjoying his loot...

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This pirate is pretty stinkin' cute too...

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The pirate suckers had an unfortunate side effect.... Sorry parents. ;-)

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For some reason, Maddox was very uncomfortable with all of the attention being focused on him for the cake/candles/Happy Birthday portion of the party. He avoided eye contact and kept shrugging his shoulders - like, why is everyone looking at me?! He also said he did not want to make a wish, but was at least willing to blow out the candles.

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I offered Evey some cake and she seemed uninterested. But when I left the room Grandma Donna was bound and determined to get some cake into the girl. Because she needs MORE to eat. ;-) She definitely seemed to enjoy the cake once she got going...

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I like how her technique evolved from the delicate, dainty, pinky-out method...

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...to cramming it in by the fist full.

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After the cake, several of the little ones headed outside to play. It was so miserably hot on Sunday, I felt like I was going to melt everytime I was out for a few minutes. But those kids were running around and having a grand time! Though this one looks like he might explode or something...

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Not surprisingly, Maddox was exhausted after his party and passed out on the couch. That's one sleepy little pirate...

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However, today is the actual birthday. Maddox is officially 4 years old today! Four fabulous years of Maddox...what a blessed joy. 90% of the time. ;-) So tonight we will be heading out to celebrate...

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