This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Hobby Lobby.The opinions and text are my own.
For nine summers, I have thrown awesome birthday parties for my son Elias. Elmo, trains, Star Wars, Minions, pirates, super heroes and more. It has been a huge joy for me to put together these parties and celebrate another birthday.
Last year felt like a transition year. We went and saw Secret Life of Pets and then came back for pizza and cake. I only did a few decorations, but we did have a themed cake.
This year. Nine years old. No theme. No special themed cake, just a plain chocolate one from Sam’s Club.
Five boys over for a water balloon fight, cookout and sleepover, with Rogue One the evening’s screen choice. They stayed up until 10:30 and were awake at 5:30 a.m.
It was different.
But great. The boys jumped, made fart noises and laughed, as nine-year-olds do. They created Ninja Warrior obstacle courses and battled with light sabers.
Before things began, I asked Elias if we could take a few photos with some balloons and my new letterboard from Hobby Lobby. The idea came to me last minute, and before taking the pictures, I quickly assembled the phrase NINE IS AWESOME (the board came with tons of letters).
I snapped the photos of Elias in quick succession, in just a few minutes, as nine year olds are not the earth’s most patient creatures.
I love every single picture. They capture Elias’s fun personality, his silliness, his kindness, his just plain awesomeness.
I then hung the board up in the dining room. It was the perfect “non-birthday” decor.
Nine is awesome. Even without a themed birthday party.
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