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A Little Labor Day Love ❤

Crackerjack's Party - Finally!


Crackerjack turned 13 last month, but we had to postpone his "friends" party due to a very ill-timed stomach bug, so after a little reshuffling, we finally settled on a new date that everyone could do ... and that date was Saturday!

And I'm happy to report it was a wonderful day - first of all, the weather could not have been better - but most importantly, everyone was healthy and Crackerjack had a fantastic time! As usual, I have some pictures to share with you from our day ...

The theme of the party was "Legos" (or more specifically, Lego minifigs). We went with bright colors and lots of yellow smiley faces ...



We were especially glad for the good weather as we like to hold summer parties mostly outside, if possible ...

On the deck we set up seating and appetizers ...


And around the yard we set up play-stations:


The canopy covered the Wii zone ...

Jacksparty 10

We moved the foosball table outside, too, situating it just beside the "jumper."


And CJ asked for a Lego "free-build" station ... but somehow the kids never really got around to building very much! They were too busy eating and playing, I guess.


Now, the cats were not pleased to be stuck in a bedroom for the day ... but with all the kids running in and out, I was nervous about doors being left open. (Archie and Ollie are strictly indoor cats.) So they hung out in this window and observed the goings-on ...though Oliver certainly made his displeasure known, as you can see here.

We ordered pizzas for lunch and I made up a big salad ... but unfortunately I just did not have the time or energy to make another minifig cake! I broke it to CJ, who took the news well, and instead, I picked up a store-bought sheet cake which we decorated with minifigs. I also made up a homemade cake (seen here in the background) for people who (like my EB) are sensitive to food dyes and other artificial ingredients.


Happily, the "party punch" was a BiG hit!


Party punch was something special my mum made for my birthday parties when I was a girl. It's very simple to make, but the effect is so cool! I start with a juice drink base (in this case, lemon-berry punch) and then I add scoops of rainbow sherbert. Over it all I add a carbonated beverage - usually, Sprite or ginger-ale, but CJ requested peach soda ... and it was delicious!

I think the kids got a real kick out of it. :)


Here's the birthday boy at the cake station ...

... and outside with some of his friends, playing Wii.


Another special day for our Crackerjack ...


He's such a great kid! I'm so glad we can do this for him and that we have such wonderful friends with which to share these special days.


Well, I hope you all are enjoying your weekend, and to my friends here in the states, Happy Labor Day! May we all find the rest and relaxation we need - some treasured time off with our loved ones - and when we return to our work this week, may it be with a refreshed spirit and recharged mind. ❤

Thanks so much for stopping by ... see you here again very soon!