Friday, October 19, 2012

Ahoy Mateys...It's a Birthday Celebration!!!!

It's (almost Jacob's 4th Birthday)

Our sweet boy turns 4 at the end of the month.  However, with baby due any day now, we decided to celebrate a couple of weeks early.  I really wanted him to have his special day!!  Plus, we have been pretty excited about this party for awhile now.  We would have had one devastated little boy on our hands if we had to cancel.

Anywho...Jacob is OBSESSED with the new Disney show, "Jake and the Neverland Pirates".  So, picking a theme for this year's party was easy peasy and oh so fun!!  Check it out below....
 Cupcake area
The big ship to the left is Bucky.  He is one of the stars of the show.

 Having a pirate party meant that all guests needed to have pirate attire.  I made swords out of cardboard and covered them with foil and electrical tape.  I thought they turned out really cute!!  I also made felt eye patches, and everyone got bandanas.  The main part of the party also included a treasure map.  More on that in a bit.
 Close up of the unrolled treasure map
 Yes.  We made a pirate ship out of a big cardboard box.  Go can give us the parent of the year award!! HA!!  In all honesty, this kid could not have been more excited about his ship.  It had a steering wheel and everything.  And, it looks complicated, but it was actually very easy to put together. 
 Practicing walking the plank while waiting for friends to arrive
 What a happy birthday boy!!!
Oh - and of course he had to dress up like Jake from the show
 Steering his ship
 Funny PapaDoc dressed up like a pirate too
 Most of the kiddos 
They all loved playing in the ship
 They don't make pinatas like they used to.
We ended up having to get Jared to bust it open.
They all enjoyed whacking it though.
 Candy Time
 Treasure Maps for Everyone!!!

This next part was so fun to put together
We set up an obstacle course leading to "buried" treasure
 Checking out the map
Where do we go first?....
 Bucky's Cave
 Crocodile Creek
(kids had to jump through the hoola hoops)
 Hook's Treasure Island
(digging for gold and jewels)
 Where to next?....
 Touching Pirate Rock
 Swabbing the Deck
(had to use the broom to sweep the soccer ball around the cones)
 Cannonball Blast
 We spray painted styrofoam balls black to look like cannons.  The kids had to throw the cannons in to the ocean (or in this case the kiddie pool).
 Walking the Plank
 X marks the spot
 Jacob found his treasure
 Eating his birthday cupcake
 Present Time
 October Birthday Buddies
Jacob and his precious friend Addy
These two are just so adorable together!!
 Jacob with his grandparents - Coach and Mot Mot
 Me and my two favorite boys
 My sweet boy
 little bit made it the party too
35 weeks - WAHOO!!!

I had been joking with people that I just needed to make it through the party and the baby could come anytime after that.  Seriously though....sweet little really can come anytime you want!!!  We are so ready to meet you!!!  And, I'm ready to not have swollen feet. :)
 After rest we of course had to go back out and have some more fun.  We played in the cave and of course the ship.
 Samson even joined in on the fun
Digging for more buried treasure

What a wonderful day of celebrating our Jacob's 4th birthday!!!  I still can't believe in 12 days we will have a 4 year old.  Where is the time going?  I don't know, but I sure am going to soak up every minute of it that I can.  Jacob - I love you so much and am so proud of the big boy you are becoming!!!!