A Star Wars Birthday Party; Episode VI

posted on: Sunday, April 30, 2017



Every year for their birthday we let our kids pick the theme for their party and this year Oren chose Star Wars. We had an amazing cake done by Cheryl and the cutest, most perfect cookies by Emily. Oren asked me to make sure Cheryl included a Luke and Darth Vader light saber battle on top. I made the backdrop for the dessert table and Abby made the hand pies and the brown butter rice krispy treats. Josh and Nicole made home made cannoli. We always have the best and most talented help with these parties. So thankful for family and good friends!


Oh, I should mention Cheryl's cake had a dark side (the bottom layer with chocolate cake and chocolate ganache) and a light side (the top layer with white cake and raspberry filling). When I cut into it, surprise! She had marbled the white cake with blue food coloring. She said her inspiration was warp speed. How cool is that?


And all the kids had an opportunity to battle our Vader pi├▒ata with Luke Skywalker's light saber. Oren said that was his favorite part ;)


Another successful birthday in the books, here's to year six!




Oren's 6th Birthday

Oren's birthday was the 19th (a Wednesday) and it just so happened to be the same day as his big class field trip to the zoo. I took the day off work to chaperone and spend the whole day with my special little guy. 


The animals were CRAZY active that day and these bears had a full on wrestling match right up against the glass! Oren became best friends with an otter who chased him all around the side of the enclosure and was happy to stop and pose for photos with him. 


Even though we were at the zoo with his class I was only responsible for Oren so we were able to go at our own pace and spend lots of time together one on one. That night we let Oren pick dinner and dessert so he chose pizza and froyo with our family. I think he had a really, really good day.


Then the NEXT day Oren got a very special birthday grift from Abby and Jeff. He has been asking Jeff for a "green triangle" guitar for months and boy did he deliver. A real guitar, an amp, a cool new strap and lessons were all included. He has been playing the guitar every day since and loves playing Ever a "goodnight song" every night before bed. 


And Abby made him his annual individual birthday pie of course - chocolate pudding no whip cream - just to his specifications.


A few more notes on Oren at age six:
He is incredibly sensitive and his feelings get hurt very easily. He is still 100% a mama's boy and I hope it never changes. We snuggle before bed every night and he loves being tickled and having his back rubbed. We give each other butterfly kisses and he is so sweet and affectionate with me. He can read now and is excellent at math. He can do problems in his head which blows my mind. I have no idea where he got the math gene because it certainly wasn't from me. His favorite color right now is "dark aqua" and he loves fishing and swimming, pokemon cards and video games. He can also spend hours building legos and playing out imaginary games with them all by himself. He looks up to Wes so much and always wants his approval and affection. Luckily for all of us Wes is usually happy to give it ;) They are brothers but also best friends. I always tell my kids their birth stories each year around their birthdays but Oren asks to hear his all year round. He likes the part where he pooped inside my belly the best. He always says he wishes his hair was dark like mine so we would look more alike but IS happy his hair has a "special power" which is turning lighter  ("golden") in the summertime. He is thrilled we both have the same color brown eyes.  I just love him so, so much. He is still my dream come true. The one, the only. My Oren Henry.


Oren's Six Year Old Photos

posted on: Friday, April 21, 2017

I'm warning you now, get used to looking at this little face because I have at least two more posts about Oren's birthday in the pipeline. I'm working on one now from his actual birthday (which was Wednesday) and his party is next weekend, so yeah, they're coming. In the meantime I wanted to post the birthday photos of our little guy that Katie took the other day. He was less than cooperative (oh, six years olds) so I'm THRILLED with what Katie was able to capture despite his, um, unenthusiastic, approach to the photo shoot ;)

Thank you Katie, you're always such a trooper  


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