Hunter turned 7 on Sunday! Holy cow, I can't believe it. Such a big kid, in first grade, so responsible now... (I'm about to cry.)
Anyway, on Friday Jason met him at school to have lunch with him and took some brownies I had made for his class.
Saturday we had the party. We weren't GOING to have a party this year since we had the big bash last year, but I'm kind of ridiculous when it comes to birthdays. (Plus, next year he'll be getting baptized and I want it to be a special family only thing.)
This is how it went down. We were at Costco and Hunter announced that he wanted the basketball decorated cake for his birthday this year. I said, "Umm...honey, I was going to make your cake this year."
He got a sad look on his face and said, "But I really wanted the basketball cake." (See, if he had whined or screamed it would have been easy to say no. But he's such a sweet kid....)
So I said, "Ok, we can get a Costco cake, and I guess we could invite a few friends over to help us eat it......"
And so, the basketball party was born. I'm pretty proud of myself since I spent almost no money on it and it was great fun anyway. We invited 5 boys over and I brilliantly handed them over to Jason for some basketball games. Our awesome neighbors let us use their driveway and basketball hoop.
It turned out to be a VERY hot day, so we gave the boys their basketball shaped sports drinks early so they could stay hydrated.
Jason taught the boys some fun games and gave them a few tips on how to shoot the ball. His best friend Bart was in town so he helped out.
Jason wasn't able to get the basketball hoop as low as I wanted, but the boys did great anyway. I was quite impressed that 7 and 8 year olds could shoot so well.
When they were done they each got a 1st place ribbon and posed for a group shot. (McKay was having a hard time. I guess it's tough when you're 4 and it's not YOUR birthday.)
Then we went inside for some cake and ice cream.
Bart and Jarrett gave Hunter a Michigan football figurine......but we all know who's REALLY going to be playing with it.
Hunter got the cake he wanted, a party he loved, and some great presents. It was really fun and easy for me, and McKay got over his jealousy because Hunter let him play with all his presents first. And Ash just had a ball playing with the balloons and wrapping paper. (And trying to eat them too.)