Wednesday, August 10, 2016

and just like that - Jack is Six!

I am not sure how my little guy is already 6.  We celebrated Jack’s birthday this past weekend, and honestly, it snuck up on me.  I obviously knew going into the weekend that he was going to be six, but still, it seems like a big one to me.  Up through age five I still view my babies as my little babies, but then six seems to be another stage entirely!

We decided to do a scavenger hunt for Jack’s birthday.  Partly because we had done one for Emma back in May, so we knew that Jack would also want a scavenger hunt, but also because he loves adventure, and this would surely be an adventure for him.


He wanted a Super Mario Bros theme, and so our home looks very patriotic (we haven’t taken the decorations down yet) with red, white, and blue everywhere.

He started out with a little grab bag of different items and his first clue.  He then proceeded to run around our home, and down to my mom’s house to find all of his clues.  With each clue we had put one of his presents.

Jack loves two things right now, the aforementioned Super Mario Bros, and making stop motion movies with Minecraft Mini-figs.  So, his birthday presents were mainly new Minecraft Mini-figs to add to his collection.

After he gathered up all of his presents, we went out to breakfast at our very favorite pancake house.  We have been going there for years, and definitely feel like regulars.  I remember going with Emma and Jack when they were really little and would not go back to sleep in the morning, so we would pile everyone into the car at 6am and go to breakfast (read – drink coffee).

Once we were finished with our meal, our waitress brought Jack his next clue.  This is the most exciting part of the whole day I think; he doesn’t understand how people have clues for him.  The next stop was to the bowling alley. 

I would never have thought to take the kids to a bowling alley for their birthday, but several months ago, one of Emma and Jack’s friends had a birthday party there and it was awesome.  So we went, and it did not disappoint.  The first surprise was that Matt’s parents surprised him by showing up at the bowling alley.  Then we all proceeded to bowl, play video games in the arcade, and generally have a good time.  They turned the lights off and did a light show complete with glow sticks for the kids, and announced Jack’s birthday over the speakers complete with the Happy Birthday song.  We had pizza and then at the end Matt’s parents gave Jack his last clue.


The clue was to find a big comfy chair to relax since they had been using so much energy running around the bowling alley.  I took Lucy home for a nap, and Matt took the kids to see a movie at the movie theater.  Jack was incredibly surprised.  Our movie theater only has reserved seating now, but with reserved seating comes big comfy reclining chairs.

They came home for cake and ice cream; to play with his new toys, do a couple of rounds on the original Super Mario Bros, and then everyone crashed for the night. 

Overall, I would say it was definitely one of the best birthdays!  I know that the kids had a great time, and so did we!  It was nice to not have a big party and instead have it be a much smaller family oriented day.


How do you guys celebrate birthdays in your family?  Do you have any traditions that you like to keep every year?

19 comments:

  1. my goodness how quick they grow up. pancake house is a great idea for birthdays.

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  2. Aw... dont blink or you'll miss it! Growing up so quickly - and what a fun birthday celebration! Enjoy it all!
    Karen

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  3. Oh my gosh, what a fun way to celebrate his birthday! I love that you did a scavenger hunt! My LO is only 11 months old and I cannot believe how fast those months have flown by. I know I'll blink and he'll be 5 in a few years. Happy birthday to your little guy!

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  4. Lucky kidd-o! This sounds like an amazing day. I should try a scavenger hunt with my boys. They are older but they will still love it.

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  5. This is so sweet, it sounds like a 6 year olds dream!
    I wish Australia had pancake houses too, I'm so jealous of America for that!

    Kez | acaciasdreams.com

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  6. My nephew just turned 5 and had a Super Mario Bros themed party. I still can't believe is 5. It seems like only yesterday we were welcoming him to the family. I love how creative kid's parties are these days, though it does seem like such a lot of work.

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  7. Wow! Happy birthday Jack! It sounds like it was an amazing day with all sorts of fun!

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  8. Happy birthday to your sweet six year old! I think the day sounds perfect!

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  9. We always celebrate and make a big deal out of birthdays in our family. It's that person's special day to shine and be pampered.

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  10. they do grow quick. Wishing Jack a happy birthday.

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  11. It is amazing to me how quickly it goes. My oldest will be 12 this year and it seems like yesterday he was 6! Happy Birthday Jack!

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  12. Awww! They grow up so fast! My oldest turns 10 in September and I'm dying. It flew by!

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  13. Love the pictures :) looks like a wonderful day!

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  14. This sounds like a fun day! We always have a party for family (although my kids are getting to the point where they want to invite friends) and I make them a themed cake--dinosaurs, fire trucks, nothing is off limits!

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  15. What a fun way to turn 6! Kids grow up so quickly, I try to Savor the special days like birthdays.

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  16. Happy birthday to Jack! It is amazing at how fast they grow up! Mine is already out of the house.

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  17. Ughhh it's crazy how fast kids grow!!!! My daughter just turned four. I swear she was just one yesterday so it's truly mind boggling

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  18. Too cute and sounds like fun! Before you know it he will be 16, so enjoy it while it lasts!

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  19. It's crazy how fast children grow up. Happy Birthday to him! Love the Super Mario theme, so cute.

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