Sunday, January 11, 2009

Happy Birthday, my love

Benjamin is seven. Words can't describe how inconceivable that seems. Time is flying faster and faster with each passing year. You always hear that, but how true it is.

The excitement began right before Christmas when B lost his front tooth. This was very big news for a 1st grader! What was doubly exciting was that Paul got to pull the tooth, which made them both very happy.

When we went down to Tomball to celebrate Christmas with my family we went out to a Mexican restaurant and we began the birthday celebration there. After dinner the waiters sang to B and put whipped cream on is face and a cherry on his nose. He thought that was hysterical!

Also exciting to B is that he promoted yet another belt in karate. He earned his camo belt. This is a big deal because at this point you have to make a commitment to becoming a black belt, which will take roughly 2 1/2 years. B was willing and excited about this goal for himself. He is also in a new group. He is a leader now and he also has to begin sparring. Yes, that means other children will be kicking, punching, and hi-yaing my little boy! After watching it though with another class, I realized that that's why we buy all the gear! To protect them. It's all good for them, done with respect and courtesy. We are very happy with karate for B!

This is the belt testing ceremony where he actually gets his belt. The old one is around his neck and the new one is tied on by the instructor.

Then MORE excitement! On New Year's Eve my parents came into town so that we could celebrate B's birthday the next day (New Year's baby!). That night Paul pulled B's other front tooth. MY dad tried to pull the tooth, but after a little bit of trying, B said he wanted his dad to pull it. So, Paul gladly pulled it right out! So sweet.

So here's toothless and his grinning sidekick!

The party request this year was outer space. This was fun! I didn't have much time this year to pull anything together, but what we did do was a blast!

Here's our solar system hanging from the ceiling and on the table in cake form!

Mom's idea to make more artsy looking beams coming out of the sun. Isn't she good?


Jupiter! I learned a lot (or was refreshed) on the different sizes on the planets and distances from the moon. So interesting. Jupiter's not blue, but I was going for color, not different shades of brown!

At the party the kids made aliens out of craft materials and played with moon sand. That stuff is cool! It's sand that can't get wet. Until you play with it, you wouldn't understand. When you put it under water it gets like a silicon shield around it and when you pull it out of the water it is immediately and completely dry. So strange!

Chris is helping Cait with her moon sand.

Present time! B got decked out in Cowboys gear this year. Paul is a huge Cowboys fan and has converted us all! He got a jersey, a t-shirt, a sweatshirt and a baseball cap.

Tyler thought present time was a blast!

Thank you Tyler!!! These two are crazy cousins!!

One silly thing we did is darken one of the kids' rooms and turn it into the moon. We bought a black light and covered all the furniture with white sheets. So, starting at the end of the hall we pretended to be in a rocket ship and take off to the moon. Here's Cait after blastoff and on her way to the moon.

Mia Beth chillin' and enjoying the party!

Happy Birthday to you!

Cait is so hungry that she wants to eat the planet Earth!

Eli eating a hunk of Jupiter!!!!

The gang!!

After the party that night we went to Babe's Chicken House. We love BABE'S!!! If you've never eaten there, you are healthier than us, but not as happy, I can assure you!!!

Here they sang to B with a chicken on his head. Very Babe style!

Happy Birthday, my love. I don't even want to entertain the idea of how you will grow and change this year. You are such a joy to us and we adore you! You are a light to our home and our lives. We love you buddy, booger boy, bug, B!!!


Danyel Lintelman said...

We love you Ben-ah-men! Hope you have a wonderful year!!!!!
Love, D, RyRy, Eli & Mia

Gabrielle said...

I think it's perfect that his teeth were out just in time! So cute..and umm, I know you put me to shame in planning parties...I can only imaging what you would hace come up with more time...seems pretty awesome to me...any ideas for a 3 year old (almost) little girl, who just got her first haircut?

Kimberly said...

Happy Birthday B!!!

It sounds like you guys had an amazing birthday for the little guy.

ashley said...

Tamra...I lost your new email address. Can you send it to me.

I too have a new email address

Ashley Salazar

Amber Smith said...

How fun! What a GREAT party! Love the different colorful cakes! What a special mom you are! Happy birthday to Benjamin. He is getting so big!

Danyel Lintelman said...

Time for a new post sister!