Like I said in B's birthday post, my mother-in-law enjoys hosting birthday parties for her grandchildren. Four of the five grandchildren's birthdays fall within 6 weeks of one another. She typically makes a cake and a few decorations that are geared toward each of their interests, but at least one of the parties will include several games.
This year, my mother-in-law went all out for Eli's 5th birthday. His current pretend play often includes a cowboy, so his party was a cowboy theme. Not only did the kids have a blast, but the adults did too.
NOTE: This is a photo overload!!!
Cowboy hats and handkerchiefs were available for everyone. Boots and stick ponies were available for the kids.
I am so glad I got this photo of my two boys, because B only wore his "get up" for about 2 minutes. However, we all had the thrill of seeing Sam in his all evening (he looked hilarious).
The birthday boy had just had his cast removed about a week (if I am remembering correctly) prior to his birthday party. You can see the walking boot on his left foot.
My mother-in-law painted the frame and attached the WANTED sign for some fun family shots. It was a huge hit and brought lots of LAUGHter to the adults.
Ummmmmmmmmm, my mug shot face is HORRIBLE. I couldn't stop LAUGHing. Plus, every time I looked at Sam I LAUGHed even harder.
Bennett takes after his momma struggling to make a "mug shot" face on command, but the rest of the gang were pros.......
...... including Kyle and Michelle.
Sandy was giving instructions for the first game and of course, my hubby was making us all LAUGH. This first game was AWESOME!! We had previously decorated balloons to look like cows and pigs. The adult men were stealing the cattle and pigs, so the kids armed with water guns were sent to capture them. Once caught they were handcuffed to a bird cage in the back yard. There were other rules, but you get the idea. The kids and adults had an absolute blast.
I so wish these photos weren't blurry, but it does show that boys big and small were on the move and having fun.
Bahahahahahahahahahahahaha....................seriously this photo cracks me up. Sam in those boots and a light blue hankie and Matthew's facial expression is great.
It was starting to rain, so Grandma gave instructions for the next game and off they went. The goal was to gather the egg in the spoon and carry it back to Grandma without dropping it.
Due to the rain Grandpa quickly took the bike back to Kyle and Michelle's house and Sam went to pick him up (it's a short ride/drive). However, a water line from the refrigerator had come loose, so all of the adult cowboys/thieves spent the next few hours cleaning up water :) The rest of us ate dinner and enjoyed a few more games while we waited for them to return.
They ate dinner upon their return while Eli opened his gifts.
We then finished the night with singing/signing Happy Birthday and eating the yummy ice cream cake my mother-in-law made. The kids decorated the horses.