Thursday, January 07, 2010

He's SIX!

It happened.  He got older.  He's SIX and I feel old!  In August Eli started Kindergarten and has made a best friend.  He's got a loose tooth and can count to over 130.  He's reading at a 3rd grade level and loves to tell jokes.  Eli is totally into robots and gears and "anything with electricity".  He got a ton of robot/machine related gifts for Christmas and birthday and enjoys playing with these along with Legos and Frigits.  He is so much fun to spend time with at this age!  He can talk your ear off and stump you with questions you thought you knew the answer to :)

We celebrated his birthday with two parties this year:  a friend party and a family party.  Eli was thrilled to spend his actual birthday with friends AND get a second party :)  We also took him out to Red Robin where he got a free birthday sundae and balloon.  He felt very celebrated this year, and I think I'm finally over the guilt of his thrown-together-at-the-last-minute first birthday party (it was the day after I was released from the hospital from being treated for dehydration when I was pregnant with Anna)!

Here's is photo lineup for age six!

Newborn Eli

1 yr old

2 yrs old

3 yrs old

4 yrs old

5 yrs old

6 yrs old

Happy Birthday to the coolest 6 year old we know!  Mommy and Daddy both love laughing with you and have so much fun as your parents.  We love your tender heart and concern for the needs of others.  We know you will grow up to be a good man!

Robot Party!

Eli turned 6 on New Year's Eve.  I can hardly believe its been a year since his last birthday post!  I'll post another one of those, but for now I'm going to share some photos of his Robot Party.  Eli got really into having a themed party this year and inviting friends from the neighborhood.  We were going to do a joint family/friend party, but when I counted the number of friends he wanted to invite (12!) I figured it was time to do separate ones.  We got some "Robots" the movie invitations, thank-yous, and centerpieces off of freecycle, and the theme for our party was born!

First we worked on decorations.  Eli wanted the house to look like you were inside a robot.  It was a lot of fun to scheme ideas.  Each year we leave the Christmas tree up through Eli's birthday.  On that day it becomes the birthday tree!  This year we covered it in red crepe paper and taped gears to the crepe paper.  We also taped gears on the front door to "show people its a robot party and not just a regular birthday party" (quote from Eli). 

Birthday parties require balloons, so we blew up 25 balloons and on each we drew a robot, gears, or an electrical circuit. 

We also had a silver bowl filled with (silver) hershey's kisses, and even the old computer board from inside the dishwasher (replaced this summer) as a decoration.

I kept the food to a very simple minimum, cake and icecream.  We ordered a cake from Walmart with a Transformers theme - gray with black gears.  Eli was so excited (and quick to point out that there were actually 7 candles on the cake not 6... but I couldn't have it be asymetrical)!

Every good kids' birthday party needs some games.  We did:

pin the antenna on the robot


just like pin the tail on the donkey, but with antennae (each child got their own color) instead of tails and, of course, a robot in place of the donkey :)  The prize for this game was silver colored sixlets that I found in the wedding section at Walmart.  I thought they looked like ball bearings!

gear toss

I cut 2 large gears out of cardboard, covered them with aluminum foil, then covered that with clear packing tape.  The pole they were tossing the gears onto was a weighted box covered in aluminum foil and packing tape, with an empty wrapping paper tube covered in duct tape and then stuck to the top.  Each child had as many chances as it took to hit the target, each receiving a prize bag of candy.

and robot freeze

Eli was lucky enough to get an awesome robot for Christmas.  This one dances on command, so we would start the music and have all the kids dance like robots.  When the music stopped they needed to freeze.  If they didn't they were out.  The winner got a bag of jellybeans, by Eli's request.

I wanted the kids to be able to take a robot home, so we did a robot craft.  I found some suggestions online and found all the parts I needed at our local dollar store.  Here's what our masterpieces turned out like:


I had so much fun planning this party!  I think all the kids had a blast and will remember a fun time with Eli. We're already dreaming up ideas for Anna's party this summer :)