I know, it's been over a week since I have blogged. It has just been such a week. Seriously. We had the family in starting Friday and running through Sunday morning and then school started promptly at an ungodly hour on Monday.
Things have been crazy ever since.
But let me back up a little. The family came in Friday night. We were able to make it out to have dinner with the inlaws, but after a very long wait (after we ordered) at the restaurant, we got back a little after the boys' bedtime. I still had grocery shopping to do and a cake to make so I dropped Hubby and the kids off in the driveway and took off for the grocery store.
We decided to go super simple this year with the party. Normally I go hog wild making treats and appetizers and whatnot, but this year I had to force myself to not do it. We grilled hamburgers and hot dogs and I made a cake. That was it. I did pick up some corn chips and bean dip in case anyone was starving before the burgers were ready, and thankfully I did because some people (cough cough) needed something to munch on.
The cake was a simple chocolate cake with vanilla icing, per Kiddo's request. As far as the shape goes; at first he asked me for a cake that looked like a pecan. Then after I said that might be too hard for me to make he asked for a tree with a knot in the trunk. When we were on vacation, we would sit outside on the back porch of the house and hang out. Happy and Kiddo made up a game where they threw pecans at a big knot in the tree nearest the porch. The person who hit the knot (or hit it the most in a round) won the game. So he wanted a cake to remember all of that. Thankfully, at the last minute he changed his mind and decided he wanted a cake with a magician's hat. I thought about making a hat shaped cake, but after looking online for inspiration, I decided the easiest thing would be to just purchase a cheap top hat and apply it to the cake somehow. Thankfully my friend Kim found one, along with a magic wand, at the local party store for super cheap!
Anyway, everyone showed and I think a good time was had by all. The kids played well together and none of the adults looked too terribly bored for too long. Kiddo got a ton of clothes for school and a few really cool toys, some books (that he has already breezed through in less than a week) and a highly annoying mylar balloon that sings (thanks Mom!). That darn balloon is still floating (and sadly, still singing) over a week later. Thanks again, Mom. ;-)
I think I will talk about school in the next post.