Sunday, March 27, 2011

A ten year old's top ten, captured in 87 photos.

 I feel like I'm a little rusty in the party-throwing department.  For the past year, everything has been a little "subdued" because the hope of house showing/moving/packing has taken too much priority, and parties were just too much work.
 I figured you can't go very wrong with Star Wars though, so that's where we began.  For ten years, every single birthday cake JJ has requested, has been carrot cake.
 I can't believe this little hoodlum is ten. 
 We put together a top ten day, complete with map, and ten locations for fun, food, and gifts.  It was a hit. 
 We kicked off the day, at location number one- a gourmet cupcake shop.  (The same one I brought Becky to when she came for a visit.)  I think I go there for the polka dot plates.  I am so addicted to these plates.  My man looked at me while I was photographing about 28 photos of our cupcakes, and said I have a plate addiction. Someday, I'm going to have to own a set of these babies.

 We love to celebrate around these here parts. 
 This man makes my top ten. 
 We goofed around and then headed off to continue our day of fun. 
 After several stops, we ended up at JJ's favorite restaurant.  An old fashioned car hop drive-in, where waffle fries, burgers, and milk shakes compliment the 1950's music.  I'm sad to say that none of us were feeling all that great, and we mainly nibbled at the outer edges of our meal.

 One of our last stops, was a bowling alley.  Ava was hilarious to watch, because every time she finished a round, she started celebrating and jumping all the way back to her seat, regardless of her score. 
 The highlight for me, was watching my little man try out his new skateboard.  No, actually... it was seeing my brother, Officer McJakey riding JJ's bike up and down the street.  Big guy on a little bike... I'm still laughing.
 Aunties and Uncles are the best.  Especially when the Uncles try and pop wheelies. 
The grandparents came and had cake to round out the day, and I'm pretty sure my JJ had a perfect birthday party this year.  Whew.

Now on to Adrain and Ava.... I'll be absent from my blog all the rest of this week, but I'll be back with a fun Easter idea on Friday!


  1. Did it again by accident....first to comment!! lol! Fabulous party DAY and great pic YOU, my dear!!! ; )

  2. Looks like a perfect day. Yummy cupcakes goofy grown ups, happy little sister...just doesn't get any better than that, no matter how old you are.

  3. Happy Birthday to your little/big boy. They grow up too fast. Your JJ has great taste in cake. Carrot cake is the best!

  4. My son wants all things star wars too--cute cupcakes you made!! Glad you had a fun family celebration day!!

  5. Looks like SUCH a fun day! What a great idea too. The 10 things. That son of yours is so handsome. I just love that photo of him on the bench with the statue...made me laugh out loud. Happy Birthday JJ!

  6. love the photos, but your super cute subjects and those yummy looking cupcakes are probably what makes them look so great.

  7. Awww, Happy Birthday to your Little Guy! Looks like it was such a fun day. I will have to remember the Top Ten idea as my kids get bigger. My six year old is a Star Wars fanatic... does it really continue that long? Love those polka dot plates too!!!

  8. Sounds like the perfect day. Enjoy your week!

  9. Sounds like JJ had a great birthday! I love celebrations. I know you'll have a great time putting together the other ones too!

  10. Happy birthday. One of mine just turned ten too. Double digits is big. Love all the cupcake photos.

  11. Oh Friend!!! This post warms my heart. My hoodlum is 10 as well just a couple of months ago. He as well has always wanted carrot cake. Like yours, he LOVES Star Wars, bowling, and family adventures. I think our boys would like to play, if we lived in the same state! :) Enjoy! As for the plates - TARGET Baby!!! they have them for CHEAP!!!

  12. I can't believe how many of your ideas are what we have planned for our daughter's 10th b'day on Thursday!! (But I'm stealing a couple new ones from you if ya don't mind!) :) How fun... looks like an amazing celebration!!

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