Sweet, creative, and complex little Mason turned the big FIVE last week.
He has been anticipating this day since he was just a wee four year old.
To celebrate this, as we did with his older brother, we had a party. A large party. Not really a birthday party (well maybe) but more of a BBQ.
He is famous for being one who can not make up his mind because there
are just "so many possibilities mommy!" so we went with the "favorite
things" route. He got to pick all of the unmatched napkins and plates
he desired and of course he got to pick his cake.
A garden cake complete with worms and maggots (he wanted lice).
It was epic to him. He had the ultimate say in just about everything...from the drinks to the eats (beef jerky - of course!) to the cake. He shopped for it all while insisting certain stores had better this or that. We kept the food very simple with only the staples since we were feeding the lot that came and it worked out just great. I'm pretty sure no one left hungry or thirsty.
Since we invited a lot of families (over 65 people came!!) we decided to boycott the usual birthday flare of goody bags and games and just have lots of w i l d free play. I set up little centers: farm and animals - complete with a corn table, dress up, and balls with a soccer goal. It was very easy as I just brought all of our stuff that we play with every day outside. I had no idea how many kids would love to dress up in all kinds of weird things. There was imaginative play all over which was perfect - as it was just like our little Mason.
I didn't pick up my camera all night and only managed to get 5 pictures! I wished I caught kids in their get-ups. It would have made for some great laughs when they are older.
The clean up wasn't too bad either. I'm sure the squirrels are even fatter than before.
::Summer is here at full blast and we have lots of things to do!
::Last weekend was a horse show. Saturday I spent with my mom and my barn pals watching and cheering on.
While Nathan had the boys all day to himself. A good hike started the day out right for them.
Sunday of the show was Mason's show day and more cheering on of the pals.
Mason really loves to ride. Both of the big boys do and I imagine that Logan won't be far behind. I look forward to the day where one (or more) of my crew can have those fun, special barn days that I always had with my mom.
::The week progressed with swimming lessons. Apparently my water-bug boys have totally forgotten to swim over the winter. It looks like I need to find some indoor lessons next year. Hopefully over our summer vacation in Florida, my mom and I can catch them up.
Summer school is a favorite time of the day for the boys. They are enjoying doing different things to keep their academic progress progressing. Plus, lots of play time and crafting time too. Boy, are they messy!
::My porch redo is almost done. I just need to touch up some paint. We've used it a lot this week with the cooler temps. I'm so glad we did it! Thank you Pinterest.
::I've been consumed by my first quilt. I'm sure it would have been a good idea to do something smaller but I don't need any small blankets. I've got a ton of those thanks to all of the small people in my house. This one will be a full/queen sized one. I've got all the rest of the strips ready to be put into blocks. I still have to make another trip to the store for the backing, batting, and edging. Nathan is looking forward to getting our bedroom back. Quilting is messy.
::The week finished with an impromptu bonfire and camping. Smores and movies and sleeping outside.