November 14, 2016

7 years old: minecraft party

My boy is SEVEN. I can't believe it. William is such a wonderful boy. Before I post about his birthday party, here are SEVEN things I love about him. This gorgeous picture was taken by my talented friend, Kelsey Henry. I love it so much.
1. Creativity: Will has such an active imagination. He's always thinking up stories and creating books with his drawings.

2. He loves to read: I never have to remind him to get his reading in for the day. He will gobble up anything that has words on it. I'm amazed at his comprehension too.

3. Helpful: I usually only have to remind him once to do something. He's not naturally a very neat person but I appreciate that he helps clean things up when asked (and he makes his bed most mornings without a reminder).

4. Sensitive: he can really sense the feelings of those around him. I am terrible at hiding my emotions too so he often is really attuned to my frustrations, sadness and excitement. He's so good at sharing in emotions as well. I'm grateful for his heart in this family.

5. Inventive: Will loves anything that he can build. He loves to make something out of other things and is always wanting to find a new way to do something. I think that quality is really going to help him throughout his life.

6. Kind: Will is a pretty timid creature in public but he is truly kind. He cares about other people and feels very sad when someone is hurt. We've had lot of conversations about social issues and I'm grateful that he is wanting to learn about equality and how he can be a part of making this world better.

7. Laugh: when this kid laughs, oh my. His big brown eyes light up and he has the funniest giggle. All you have to do is tickle him or perform some slap-stick trick and he is in a crumbled giggle fit on the floor. I love this kid!

On to his party! Will loves Minecraft so we had a Minecraft party and the colors were conveniently also Seahawks colors. Will also loves the Seahawks... as does all of Seattle. Boy, do they love their 'hawks! Anyway, I kind of have to laugh when I look at these pictures because the amount of work we put into this party was a little ridiculous for how happy it made Will. Like, did I really need to make Jell-O Jigglers for "water blocks", Red Vine TNT blocks and a punching prize game that David and I spent hours making until 1:30 a.m. the night before and the kids spent 5 minutes destroying? Probably not. I think Will did really love the party though. Haha!
We had to have a Kit Kat cake cause he LOVES Kit Kats. Plus, what better way to use leftover Halloween candy? I topped it some with Minecraft characters and 7 red candles clumped together to make TNT. He thought that was pretty cool.
David helped make this Creeper face out of square paper plates on the wall. It was the only decoration we did but it had a big impact and it was cheap! I also served pulled pork sliders, macaroni salad, chips and drinks. Will was excited about the food menu and then ate exactly none of the food. Sounds about right.
Here's the punch box game that we made using this tutorial. It wasn't necessarily hard but it just took a long time to assemble. We filled it with yo-yos, gum, sticky spiders and other little toys.
I think Will's favorite part of the party was just having his friends there. You can see in his face that he was really happy to be surrounded by his buddies. He has a nice group of friends.
Happy Birthday Wilbur! We love you to the moon!

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