Sunday, July 24, 2011

layne's 5th birthday: baseball blowout.

so i mean, layne is  f i v e. which is wierd because i just had him. wait, no, that was 5 years ago. he is hilarious and smart and challenges me in ways i would have never thought possible. and i love him for it. my prayer is that he experiences the Gospel in a tangible way. that he is a strong man of God. a leader.
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(layne and his cousin mia)
we did a tandem birthday...the boys were born one day apart. sharing is caring, boys.

let's talk decor: have you seen this ivy festival before? oh yes you have. but now let's think vintage baseball overload. think, my pregnant sister, audrey, is out of control and basically did everything for the party. i just nodded my head and tried not to get yelled at. ok, she's going to yell at me for writing that.

for instance, she painted these signs by hand, no stencil. ridiculous you say to yourself. she should sell these, no? but alas, she will not. she doesn't make 20 of anything. she makes one. and moves on. she's a creative bird and you must not cage her.

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and again. amazon.com was our friend. buy me some peanuts and craaaaaaacker jacks...
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my mom decorated the cookies..so cute huh? and emily painstakingly bagged them and tied ribbon around them. she got arthritis from this task. and also diabetes.

anyway, kind of overboard, but i mean, way fun. nato was like, what's the budget again? um, i don't even know what the budget is. really, i don't. audrey just keeps buying things. go with it. excpet i couldn't go with the helium machine she bought. that was a little much. so i chastised her severely and she took it back. a helium machine? who does that.

the table runner is AstroTurf i got at the hardware store. cheap and cute.
the containers for popcorn and the hotdog holders were from hobby lobby. technically they were for a carnival party but we thought they were vintage and cute.

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we served hot dogs for a hot day. 106 degrees is HOT and that will make a lady cuss. it was a very sweaty situation, for everyone.  and it's not like i'm going to get in the pool. in my G-string. my american flag G-effing-string. not really.i never had a G-string. but if i did, it would be patriotic because i love america.

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let's play jump on the wet trampoline with no pad around the edge... a pad? that would be too safe. don't land on the rusty springs, kids! that's a fun game with real consequences called TETANUS.

of course another fun game is called, grandpa throws everyone in the pool. including a kid who didn't know how to swim. but he was fine. he actually could swim a little, apparently.

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now george had a fun cake that my sis painstakingly hand crafted as a royals baseball cap. genius i tell you. what did layne get? ummm, a cupcake with 5 candles in it. whatevs. he ate all the icing off of george's cake anyway. well i guess, as you can see, all the kids had their hands in the cake and george was feeding lila. germ festival? absolutely. build those immunities.

and lastly,in the midst of the chaos of the party, lila walked from the back of the house to the front of the house on the hot concrete... unattended and burned the bottoms of her feet. she was hysterical and i felt terrible and tried not to cry when i was consoling her. we took her to urgent care, because you never know with burns... they could be mild or terrible. so ya, she has 1st degree and 1 second degree burn. ugggggg. the good news is, she is walking, running, playing and doing fine today. just has to wear socks all the time. buying swimming shoes tomorrow. lesson learned. mother of the year, that's not me.

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so ya. crazy weekend. happy birthday buddy!

go here to see more pics of the baseball party on audrey's blog.
thanks auj, you rocked this party. you too zach. you're a work horse.

30 comments:

  1. i wish i could type more but my cuts and arthritis are killing me.

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  2. Yes, yes it was a hot one, but you girls did a great job. Arle had a blast and on the way home said, "You know that mean guy? Why was he swimming in his regular clothes?" I had to explain that he wasn't mean,just a little odd and he was just trying to have fun with all the kiddos.

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  3. Dying laughing as I read this. Good goin' gpa, throwing a kid in the pool that can't swim, that was just a little bit funny, but what was even funnier was all your family's faces when he did it - lol! The party was amazing as usual and I've decided we should start a business with Audrey. :) Only we will never repeat ANYTHING (I'm struggling with that myself). And either I was just famished or the food was so good - probably both - even in the 1000 degree temps. Poor sweet Lila, I'm so glad she's okay!

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  4. Awesome party!! Don't beat yourself up too much over the burns. My 3 year old touched hot coals in the fire pit within the 1st 2 hours of camping a few weeks ago. 2nd degree burns on his fingers. Did I ever warn him about the fire pit? Nah? Did we end up in the ER? Yep.

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  5. You know I love an overboard party. I'm a little hurt I wasn't invited though...

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  6. that party is amazing and i don't even like baseball.
    hah

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  7. Absolutely adorable party. The AstroTurf runner is genius, and I love all the other little details. I get the same husband/budget question with every party I throw and I have the same answer you do..don't know and don't really want to!

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  8. Happy 5th Birthday Layne! And well done party planners, all looks so lovely :)

    p.s Jami, I'm with your sis -- with years of bday, anniversary and who-knows-what-else parties ahead a helium machine is totally necessary ;)

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  9. All I can do is laugh...you are h-ilarious. So glad little one is OK... and none of us win the mother of the year award..:)

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  10. Seriously...can I pay you to come hang out with me?!!

    Bring your sister too, she's got skills!

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  11. American Flag G-String. LOL doesn't quite describe the level of laughter going on over here.

    Another awesome party.

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  12. because you've stated before that you love exclamation points, i will further proceed with them!

    1. again, your sister needs to open a store!
    2. i am also not the mother-of-the-year! miles just got done with one black eye and now he has another!
    3. everything looks amazing and i want a hot dog!
    4. you throw great parties!

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  13. those signs??? oh my word. audrey is amazing. i'm only a little sad we missed it...looks way to hot for this preggo.

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  14. amazing details, amazing pictures. :)

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  15. adorable! So sad we had to miss the festivities. Looks like you ladies threw one heck of a party!

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  16. Happy birthday! Looks like tons of fun.

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  17. You're so, so funny. The trampoline and its rusty springs! HA!

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  18. i'm having a vintage baseball baby SHOWER soon. I'll keep you posted. literally. hehehe.

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  19. cutest birthday party ever. you (and auj) should totally plan parties professionally. then you would have a legitimate reason to own a helium machine...if that's something you would actually want to own. ha

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  20. ha-hilarious~loving this lil shindig, and the signs are awesome!

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  21. twas a fun day. who knows if ter-bear will ever let us do that again.

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  22. Wow, so adorable. I wish my parents back yard looked like that! maybe one day!

    Poor Lila! Hows your speech doing?

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  23. your blog is my favorite because it is the only one that makes me laugh out loud. Man you are funny.
    P.S. I also think your friend {emily} is hilarious because of her comment.

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  24. loved it. pinned it. thanks :)

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  25. you are a hoot to read and i bet you are even funnier "in real life." super cute party. sorry about lila's feet..

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  26. Poor Lila - that happened to me this year too...I was like WHAT?? Who knew that could even happen...

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  27. love love love this idea, so cute!

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  28. What a gorgeous party! We just threw a surprise 80th birthday party for Grandpa... vintage baseball themed!
    http://hearttreehome.com/2011/06/01/vintage-baseball-themed-surprise-80th-birthday/

    Thanks so much for stopping by... Your blog is lovely! Wish I had your photography skills!

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  29. so i'm a little behind on my nato reading.....but it's kind of more fun when i get a huge dallop of nato instead of a pinch.

    this party is fab-O. awesome mommy award to you! your kiddos are pretty lucky :)

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