Thursday, January 2, 2014
He Goes to Eleven
Like Nigel's speakers in Spinal Tap, Magoo now goes to eleven! Woo-hoo!
As he gets older, the parties are starting to swindle down. Magoo only wanted his two best firends, Curly and Mo, to come for a birthday sleep over.
He wanted pizza and honey cake. Check and check.
One other birthday tradition that he wanted was his wall. Every year I tape up a wall of numbers and a photo of Magoo at that age. He was on the fence this year as to how "cool" it would be to have it up, but I think he really likes it. He decided to go for it. Here's a wee Vine video of his progression.
I also included a treasure hunt around the house. It was a nice little activity for the boys to do between dinner, gifts, and dessert. I actually enjoy making these too. The key, I've learned, is to go backwards. I hid clues behind his swim ribbons, in graphic novels, behind magnets, etc. They needed a little help from time to time. Firs example, they realized a clue lead them to the Bone graphic novels, but they were in such a hurry and Magoo has so many of them that they went right past the clue, so I had to help them backtrack.
Also, an added challenge for me was what to put in the treasure box at the end. These kids are a little old for the tiny junk you get at iParty. I didn't want to do candy b/c Magoo can't eat it and one of the other boys has a nut allergy and I don't know what brands he can eat. I didn't want gift cards. Ear-buds seemed like a good possibility (b/c I am constantly searching for my own ear buds) but it seemed too practical and not enough fun. Finally I settled on books. Hard to go wrong with a book.
After all the planned activities were over, the boys settled in for some video games and "scary" stories in the dark.
All in all I think he had a very nice birthday.
(THANK YOU to all who sent gifts. Thank you notes will be out shortly.)
In other news:
THE SNOW IS COMING! We got a little snow last night, but it's supposed to his hard this evening. It might be one day of school and then a snow day, then the weekend. I just hope it doesn't snow next week. I have an author visit in Waltham, MA. I DO NOT want to drive in weather.
Thanks for stopping in for the first post of 2014!