Sam is officially 12.
I know, I can’t believe it either. Pete is a bit annoyed that Sam is taller than Pete was at the same age.
Adapt – I told him.
There were 12 birthday “partiers” at my house this weekend. Eleven 12 year old boys and one petite and polite 8 year old girl, dressed in, what else? Pink. With sparkly hot pink ballerina slippers. Jasmine is Michael’s sister. Where he goes, she goes. I was delighted to have another female in the house….AJ doesn’t count.
After they arrived, we loaded into 3 vehicles…(good thing my older sons brought their cars)…. and went to the bowling alley. Sam wanted a bowling birthday party. Usually we always have parties at home, so this was a switch.
They all had fun. I think the high score was 200…..for all 3 games. Not bad when you’ve never picked up a bowling ball before. Jasmine even had a bowling ball that coordinated with her outfit.
We came home and ate lots of pizza and salad. I am glad I remembered how much my older sons ate as teens, or should I say ‘tweens’? Between the 15 of us we polished off 12 pizzas. It’s a good thing we didn’t take them out for steak!
The afternoon would not have been complete without cake and ice cream. Sam has specific standards. It had to be Haagen-Dazs Vanilla ice cream, nothing else would do. I wanted to order the cake from a bakery or Costco. He wouldn’t hear of it. He said, and I quote, “But Mom, I only like your cakes, I don’t care if they have fancy decorations, I just want your cake!” By the time he finished batting his eyelashes at me, I was feeling like a piece of toast…I’d been”buttered up!” I should add that the #1 gift on his list was Rock Band.
Cross Costco off my list and add cake mixes.
We dug through the Rubbermaid tote of fast food toys, giving us three different cake themes: Lilo & Stitch – white cake blue frosting waves…complete with surf boards. I couldn’t quite get the big waves of the Hawaiian islands…in frosting…but I tried.
Surf’s Up Penguins – more white cake with blue frosting waves & surfboards…some graham cracker crumbs for sand and a palm tree…courtesy of the market’s bakery.
And my personal favorite this year…Kung Fu Panda –
A chocolate 13×9 cake…with a ‘mountain’ on one end made out of sculpted cup cakes….lots of brown and green frosting. I don’t have a picture, so you’ll just have to take my word for it, the cake was adorable.
P.S….His brothers bought him Rock Band.
Thanks to Flicker for the the balloon photo. It was perfect.