Thursday, October 29, 2015

Issac's TMNT Birthday

I think it was only a day or two after his fourth birthday party that Issac declared that for his fifth birthday he wanted a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Party when he turned six.  Honestly, I’m half surprised he didn’t change his mind & half not surprised at all that he didn’t change his mind during the year because Issac has loved turtles ever since he was two.  Issac loves not just TMNT but all things turtle, he has books about turtles, a handful of stuffed turtles and even a pet tortoise, Crush.  
 Above- Issac invited 6 school friends to his party.
Bellow- Cupcakes for his class w/ TMNT toppers made by me.
 Above- Josie bought Issac 6 balloons.
Bellow- Cupcakes at school.
 Above- Issac & Josie celebrating his birthday with his class.
Bellow- Birthday morning tradition- new Mariner's hat.

Issac requested that his birthday be a TMNT theme, with Pizza at his favorite park, Steel Lake in Federal Way.  To avoid Memorial Day Weekend, we had Issac’s party the following weekend, on May 30th.  I didn’t think about it being graduation season so when we arrived at the park at 10am there was only one group picnic area left open for the day & it was far away from the playground.  That was the only downside to the entire day! 
For Party Invitations, decoration ideas & inspiration I turned to Pinterest.  I used free printables, which I printed for free at the public library for invitations, cupcake toppers, water bottle labels, decorations and thank you notes.  Then I hit up the dollar tree for all things green & a dozen turkey pans that I had Tyler spray paint to create Turtle shells. I bought felt at Walmart & cut masks & crafted weapons out of paint sticks and duct tape.  The guests all enjoyed transforming themselves in to Ninja Turtles with their turtle shells, masks & weapons.

Issac was very pleased with the amount of guests that took the time to come & celebrate with him.  We had family & friends, soccer friends, neighbors, preschool friends & even a classmate show up.  It was awesome the way some people came after the party ended to continue the fun with us.  Our family was at the park from 10am-6pm enjoying the day.  Thank you to everyone who came & celebrated our number one with us!
 Thank you to everyone who came to celebrate with us!

Crazy Cheetahs

I found this blog on my computer last week, it was written in May.
 I guess I just needed to add pictures to post it! 

In March, we started our third season as a soccer family. Coach Dad was back at it!  It was an exciting season that started off right on the first practice.  Unlike Tyler's first two seasons of coaching where we spent the first few practices getting to know the families, this season our team was filled with kids that requested Tyler as a coach! What an honor to be surrounded by ten families that choose us.  We had practices once a week from March until May and games every Saturday throughout April & May.  
This season we focused on sportsmanship sharing the glory.  We had one shy guy who did amazing at practice but when game time came; he got shy & wanted to sit on the sidelines.  It took all the parents, Tyler & all the kids offering encouragement & cheering him on but guess what, one game, he was our top scorer!! The first couple of games we had three players making the most of our goals.  That is when our team started to focus on passing supporting each other on the field.  As the season went on every member of the team scored at least one goal in a game.  We had our kids rooting each other on from the sidelines & using filed talk to communicate.  It was a great season of development for all of our kids. It was awesome to see the kids encourage each other & become teammates instead of ten kids on a team.  
This season Issac did an awesome job.  Maybe it is the age & comprehension level he is at but he caught on to drills quickly.  He handled taking a break without upset. He stepped in when someone got injured. Issac did awesome at cheering on his teammates & encouraging them to play when they felt shy.  Tyler & I are really proud of our guy!
Like every other soccer season, we had some awesome cheerleaders from near & far come to cheer Issac on as he played. Josie & I attended every game. Grandma Melanie came, Grandma Laura & Grandpa Mark, Grandpa Brad & Grandma Shannon, cousin Courtney & even Great Grandma Sherrie & John.

For the third season we once again visited Auntie Irene's in Des Moines for an end of season Ice Cream Get together & trophies handing out.  The kids love ice cream, even when it is cold outside!  It is fun to see them get their trophies.  The parents look forward to what Tyler says about each child and the kids just want to get their hands on the trophy!