Friday, January 24, 2014

Happy 11th Birthday, Slade Smart

My boy turned ELEVEN on January 17th! It was one of the craziest, most wonderful days of my life eleven years ago when this dude made me a mom. I can remember it like it was yesterday. It's hard to imagine how fast 11 years fly by.

So Friday morning, he woke up to birthday balloons, of course!!! He told me he laid there an hour after I put the balloons on him, waiting till 6:40am to wake up. He said it was miserable with balloons all over him. Um, maybe miserable was a little harsh, son. Haha!!! I sure hate that I made him "miserable" on his birthday. Oh, I guess that is paybacks for my one ugly stretch mark he left me.......I still love him.

He picked his usual birthday breakfast, Chick-Fil-A chicken biscuit, delivered by dad.

The night before I did a small amount to birthday decorating. Yay!

And hung streamers from his fan. I love streamers-they remind me of decorating the floats in Iraan during homecoming. I paid homage to the Braves with the red & black, I guess. I remember when streamers and Hawaiian punch in a big can at the Iraan Park was a pretty fabulous birthday!!!

After school, Slade opened presents and we had birthday cake!

Wax kept melting all over the cake icing.

He picked a chocolate cake from Nothing Bundt Cake. Yum!

 Lots of help with his gifts, as you see!

 A boy and his brand new Nike football-perfect day!

They were there for the cake.

That night, we went to dinner with Big Dad, Cita, Nana, and Brandi's family. We ate at Cagle's Steaks and celebrated Slade and Campbell's big day. And I must note that the only two people at the table that didn't order steaks were Slade and Campbell??? Weirdos.

Slade and Nana with his traditional homemade chocolate cake by Nana. Um, my kid is bigger than my grandma. Sighhhhhhhh. I love that the ones on the cake don't match. I'm fairly certain that Nana has never thrown away a candle. That rainbow one could very well be from my teenage years-who knows?!?

The birthday cousins with Nana!

Some of the gang......Big Dad, Fin, Gunnar, B, Campbell, Slade

We continued to party into the weekend. On Saturday night, Slade had a slumber party at our house with five of his friends. They came at 6:30 that night, had pizza, and then we went to this fun place called Adrenaline City. Basically an 11 year olds heaven-trampolines, dodge ball, laser tag, climbing, etc.

Slade's friend, Ben, gave him $20. It came in this gummie box with a tab to pull. Inside, twenty dollar bills were rolled up. It was so neat and crafty!!! Slade had to pull out the money so Gunnar could eat Slade's birthday candy.

Here are the boys waiting in line for dodge ball. I think they played dodge ball 15 times. I foolishly thought that this would wear out the boys. About three of them stayed up the entire night. Apparently, 4 hrs at a gym doesn't make a dent in the energy department.

And this is what happens when you are 3 and your 11 year old brother has a party on Saturday night. Gunnar was still going strong at 10:00pm!!! He jumped on the trampolines for an hour. Finley went with Campbell to her dress up party since it was at the same time. What a weekend!!!

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