Samuel had three fun days of birthday celebrations this year!
On Thursday, August 30, Samuel celebrated at school with his teacher and friends. Leah and I came to school to eat lunch with him and then we were invited to stay and read a book to the class (Clifford’s Birthday Party).
On Friday, August 31, Samuel’s actual birthday, we all went downtown to have lunch with Daddy at work. Then we met up with three of Samuel’s school friends at the bowling alley for a bowling birthday party. The kids played two games of bowling, as well as a few games in the arcade. They also had homemade iced dinosaur cookies, followed by presents. Samuel’s friends got him some really fun gifts – a roaring T-Rex, a dinosaur sticker book, a new game (Fast Flip), and a build-your-own solar rover. Samuel had such a fun time with his friends. That night we had Samuel’s requested birthday dinner – homemade pizzas from Daddy. Then we opened presents. Leah got Samuel a soccer shirt and a Magic Treehouse soccer chapter book. Mommy and Daddy got Samuel two giant soccer goals for the backyard, which he had been asking for! He was super excited! After playing a quick soccer game outside we headed to Dairy Queen for some sweet birthday treats!
Finally, on Sunday, September 2, we hosted a World Cup soccer-themed birthday party for all of Samuel’s family. While Samuel was sleeping the night before, we decorated the house with several (9!) giant flags of different World Cup teams. We also made a secret cake for Samuel – a soccer ball and a Brazil #10 Neymar jersey. When Samuel woke up that morning he was so surprised and excited to see all of the flags and his cakes! That afternoon everyone came over to our house. Many people were wearing soccer jerseys to go along with the theme of the party. We opened presents, played with new toys, had a cookout, and played a soccer game with Samuel’s new soccer goals. It was a great day and a wonderful way to end birthday week!