They arrived around 6:30 pm and found a bunch of animal face balloons on the table. They took them out to the patio to play with where we soon discovered that in the combination of brick, wood and latex, the latex baloons were immediate victims. It wasn't long before the deck floor was littered with the remains of cute animal faces. All part of the fun though.
|Kenzie, with Max in the background|
|Dead Balloon Critters|
|The Alpha Girls - Kenzie (8), Brooklyn (7) and Charlie (7)|
|The gang - Charlie, Max, Kenzie, Elly, Brooklyn, Sydney, Aidan|
|Brooklyn catching her bubble|
|Tire Swing Co-operation|
|Elly and Sydney|
Since it was a birthday party, I had made a bunch of the most delicious chocolate cupcakes with a marshmallow/chocolate/Cool Whip icing. We put candles on them and everyone blew them out together. They even sang Happy Birthday to Grammie.
|Singing to Grammie|
|Blowing out the Candles|
|Hard at work|
Five of them camped out in the spare bedroom where the television was, while 3-year old Elly shared my bed (Papa was out of town so he missed all the fun). Well, around 11 the kids came in and said the television was acting weird. Since I couldn't fix it, and since Elly was still up and talking my ear off, we all headed back downstairs to resume crafting and playing. The giggling and noise reached new levels because by now they were all fighting sleep. It was like New Year's Eve though and they kept asking if it was midnight yet. They wanted to stay up all night. I let them have their fun since everyone was getting along so well and I was enjoying their antics. Finally at 12:40 am we all headed back up to bed. Ten minutes later Max and Brooklyn came into my room saying that the other girls were still giggling too much so I told them to bring their sleeping bags into my room and camp out with me and Elly. They did that and within five minutes peace and silence reigned in the house. Good, I thought, they'll sleep till 10.
|Ready for Bed|
The parents started coming to pick them up and the last one left at 11:45. I stumbled back to bed and slept for three hours and now I feel much better. It was worth it though. Everyone had so much fun. Several of them told me it was the "best sleepover ever" and the "best birthday party ever", and the parting comment from the oldest was "We'll have to do this again". I agree. It was the best sleepover and birthday party ever. And we probably will do it again.
|TV Break - Sydney, Max, Brooklyn|
|TV time - Charlie|
|Getting Sleepy - Elly and Aidan|
|Picture Perfect -Kenzie|
Grandkids are great!