I would say the main theme of Ben's birthday was FOOD.
He wanted sushi for lunch at school.
Ben at Nagasaki waiting on his spicy salmon and crunch rolls
After he was fast asleep on his birthday eve, we set up a balloon wall in front of his door.
This was filled with regular balloons, large bungee balloons and neon glow-in-the-dark balloons. That's what happens when you send Dad to the store for balloons. He also came home with neon silly string and a confetti bomb. The balloon wall was kind of a bust because the morning train woke Ben early and he was half asleep and confused.
The confetti bomb, however, went well. We let it off just as he was arriving home after school.
Then it was present time!
He has asked for an iPod Touch for 3 years! He thanked us 10 times in 3 minutes :)
In the evening, Ben dined at his favorite mexican food restaurant - El Mezcal
And much later, we celebrated with a DQ Blizzard cake. YUM! I may have had two pieces..
Some traits of Ben at this age:
Continues to explore his love for food (like his mama)
Loves Boy Scouts and sharing that special time with Greg
All things Minecraft and Halo
Can't wait for middle school
Very creative and opinionated :)
Loves swimming and wants to continue to compete this fall
Enjoys reading and music
Enjoys playing Nerf guns, tag, and Green Ghost with his neighborhood buddies
This is the first year we've made May Day baskets! It was a tradition for Greg growing up and he mentioned I should try and put something together with Ben, so that's what we did. Of course, I found some inspiration on Pinterest and completed the project for less than $20.
What I used:
Scrapbook paper, $5 for a 50 count tablet
Easter grass, $.08, (75% off!)
2 boxes of Starburst, $1 (50% off)
2 boxes Laffy Taffy, $1 (50% off)
Flower Seeds, $1.18 per packet
Stapler, tape, hole puncher
I simply shaped the paper into the cone, added a staple to secure, taped the sides, stuffed with goodies, and tied ribbon and tags through punched holes. All in less than an hour!