Our weekend was packed full of party fun (read: craziness)! We had a blast celebrating the boys turning 7 on their actual birthday on Monday.
I really am loving this age with the boys. They are so fun to be around and are old enough to be independent in a lot of areas giving me some breathing room from the baby-toddler-preschool all encompassing stages. Their hearts are so big and they are still my little snuggle bugs – they aren’t too cool to give momma a hug just yet;).
I honestly can’t believe they are SEVEN. I suppose that’s the crux of motherhood – time flies and we want it to slow down, yet, it never does so we just hang on tightly and try to embrace the only constant – change.
We celebrated with an army party – at the request of Nathan. (I actually think Dave had as much fun getting ready for this party as the boys. I think the 7 year-old in him (and all of the dads) really came to life:)).
Party favors were super simple (oh, AmazonPrime, what would I do without you in my life??). Army binoculars, dog tags, bracelets, pencils, tattoos and a handful of little army men.
Set up was easy. We had lunch after the morning activities – crockpot pulled barbecue chicken, chips, beans, fruit. Super simple and large enough for a crowd.
My super talented friend, Cara, made the cupcakes! SO adorable and delicious.
I had scored this vintage clip holder-thingy (yes, that’s an official term) from Junk at Horton Farms before the weekend started and it was the perfect way to display photos from the past year.
Nana gifted the boys with full army costumes for their birthday. The PERFECT gift for this day. The boys were adorable in their gear. 🙂
A friend talked her Army Specialist husband into coming to the party in his uniform to surprise the boys. THE sweetest!!!
He helped us lead “Basic Training” with the kiddos! It was too cute and the kids were all very serious with their jumping jacks and push-ups.
After basic training, the kids took turns running the training course in pairs. Dave had set up the course with some of our fallen trees. I have a strong feeling this will now be a fixture in our backyard forever. 😉
Up the climbing wall and down the slide…
Under the fallen trees…
Test your balance…
Around the humvees… (oh, yes. Dave’s brother had recently bought retired army humvees for an investment ?! I don’t even know…of course, he sold one to Dave…so they were the perfect decor! ha!)…
A high five to finish…
The kids loved the course and being timed racing through it!
After the basic training, we moved onto the battle field.
Boys vs. Girls.
Chalk bombs kicked off the war… (I had never heard of these and found them in the Target dollar aisle – go check your local target for some, they’re so fun!)
Water soakers and grenade water balloons were up next…
Last but not least, SHAVING CREAM. Growing up, we had a shaving cream fight with our friends at our house every year on the last day of school. It was always a hit and I had stocked up for my kiddos’ annual shaving cream fight but decided to just add this to the battle at the last minute. I’m glad I did because it was a huge hit with the kids. Cheap shaving cream is a fantastic investment for summer entertainment, mommas! 🙂
After hosing off all of the shaving cream…
It was time to launch parachute men!
Dave had cases of these parachute men fireworks from last summer so he and the dads shot off a couple dozen for the kids to run and capture…
99.9% of the parachute men had terrible aim for their landings and ended up on the roof…;)
Finally, swimming to cool off after a long day on the battle field!
The kids were ready for lunch and cupcakes after a hard workout that morning…
This was a really simple and super fun party for little boys with lots of energy! My two birthday men declared it to be “the best party EVER!” I think it was pretty memorable. <3