Monday, September 24, 2007

6 Years Ago Today . . .

. . . this sweet little angel was born. It is hard for me to believe that my youngest is 6 years old already.

And now here he is on the first day of school a couple weeks ago, with Big Brother.
He wanted to have an Army birthday party, so Mr. Jones and I had a little fun with it. I put a recruiting poster on the front door, with American flags on either side.
I made this invitation, with the recruiting image on the back . . .

Mr. Jones came up with this gem at the last minute. He was at the store getting camouflage netting for me, and found some pallets that were on their way to the trash. So he threw this together on Saturday morning. Here is Big Brother showing off the fort (please excuse the block-out on the sign. I'm paranoid with personal info on the internet) . . .
Here is the tank cake I made from this website. I followed the directions exactly, and used Wilton spray paint to make it green. WHY?? I do not know, because it tasted bad and I could have used good old food coloring. Oh well, the rest of the cake tasted good.
Here are the weapons boxes I made from cardboard boxes . . .
and the pup tents Mr. Jones put in the backyard.
For boot camp, we got some lawn spray paint for landscaping, and painted an obstacle course, with tunnels and balance beams, along with the trampoline we already had (Mr. Jones put a "paratrooper training" sign on that). We had them run timed relays. They were very cute, and took their training so seriously. Then to test their skills, they had to throw hand grenade water balloons (those were awesome!) on a spray-painted target to which Mr. Jones stood a little too close (on purpose), which gave added incentive to hit the target. They also got paratroopers to throw off the deck onto the target, and squirt guns. I bought canvas fanny packs from Oriental Trading which I dyed army green. I was very disappointed with the dog tags and canteens I bought from them, though, because all the dog tags broke and the canteens all leaked. The very nice men at the local Army recruiting office gave me some things to give to the boys, too. The boys were so impressed . . . "you mean this came from the "reeeeeeal" Army guys?" (said with wide eyes). And of course, we had to have painted faces and camo bandanas.

Oh, and I almost forgot ... I made a bunch of signs for our camp, but this was my favorite. Princess was very offended that I did this . . .
Happy Birthday, Soldier!

15 comments:

Cindy ~ My Romantic Home said...

Wow, what a lucky little boy! How fun ~ I'm sure he will never forget that birthday!

Penny said...

Absolutely brilliant! You are one creative family!

Kathleen Grace said...

What an adorable little boy! His baby picture is just mazing. And what a great party for boys! I only have girls so all their parties were frilly foofy things. hope you are having a great day!

Linda said...

What an awesome party that must have been. I am sure he really appreciated it and the invited ones must have had a great time as well.
Blessings

the feathered nest said...

What a wonderful idea! Y'all really went all out. I'm sure it's a birthday he'll always remember.

Manuela

melissa @ the inspired room said...

LOVE your blog. I got all choked up over the photo of your baby boy, being that I have one myself that is now seven (thanks again for visiting my blog and sharing such kind words).

How do they grow up so fast?

Thanks for sharing such great party ideas too! I need to look around here some more, it looks like a really beautiful place to hang out!

So nice to meet you and share stories and common bonds,

Many blessings,
Melissa

Martha said...

Who is the coolest Mom EVAH????

Uhhhhh.....that would be YOU Mrs. Jones! That party is going to be a tough one to top - I wish I had some ideas for girly parties.....have you ever thrown a similar shebang for the 'Tween?

By the way.....how did the 'Tween's bedroom turn out?

Oh - and that idea for the form info...brilliant. Can I have a copy of that form? My email is listed on my blog.

You rock.

xoxo,
martha

Kim - ScrapToMyLu said...

what an amazing job you did on this army birthday! I love it!

Meredith said...

I am just so WOWED by your creativity (not just this post, but all throughout your blog.) I especially love that your husband has the frugal foresight, too, making an inexpensive birthday party a true family project.

I'm going to link to this post from Frugal Hacks.

Meredith said...

I am just so WOWED by your creativity (not just this post, but all throughout your blog.) I especially love that your husband has the frugal foresight, too, making an inexpensive birthday party a true family project.

I'm going to link to this post from Frugal Hacks.

Joy said...

Wow, I am amazed at your talent of throwing an unforgettable birthday party!

:)

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