Yesterday my head popped of the pillow and I realized that I now have a SIXTEEN YEAR OLD! Six-freaking-teen!
Driving. Dating. Driving. High School. Driving. This is a part of life that I was not prepared for. I thought that my babies would always stay babies and I’d just float through life in a sleep-deprived haze. I don’t look forward to that sad day when 4 out of my 5 kids are married and have families of their own, (One of my girls has sworn up and down that she’s never going to go on dates or get married, so looks like she’ll be the one taking care of us when we’re old). They grow up so fast!
And my son is an amazing kid! Like, so awesome, that if you were to tell me that your son is more awesome than mine, I would sneak around to the back of you and kick you in the tooshie because you’re wrong. Seriously, I feel so blessed to be his mom!
He has a quick and sharp sense of humor that blows us away every single day. He is the funniest, kindest, smartest, most patient kid around…and this boy can play ball like no other! He plays most sports, but his goal is to play for the Angels someday, which is good because baseball is the only sport that I can really understand. At his first football game of last season, I was on my iPhone googling “How to understand Football as a woman.” It kind of helped. At least I know what a “down” is now. Thank goodness baseball has his heart.
Which brings us to the party.
When I planned his party theme, I had no idea that his birthday was going to fall on Superbowl Sunday. So it was probably a little weird that we had a Vintage Baseball theme going on during the biggest football game if the year. But, I’m the mom and I can do whatever I want!
The wheels for the party started turning in my head when our sweet neighbor across the street gave us some astroturf that she had left over from a project. I know my kids have plans for it, but I thought that that would be a great foundation for baseball decor. After Christmas I came across the great old candy tins for 75% off and I almost squealed in the store as I threw them in my cart and ran to the check out stand as fast as I could. I hadn’t seen Boston Baked Beans since I was just a youngin watching the sumer movies at the Scera Theatre with my brothers. I have no idea what they’re supposed to taste like, just like I don’t know what Red Velvet Cake is supposed to taste like, but they’re still super delicious!
Next I just went around my house and studio pulling out anything that I thought might add to the look that I was going for. The old apple crate, easels and candlesticks were perfect.
I had my cute husband drill holes in some baseballs, then I designed the pennant labels in photoshop and glued them to skewers and just jammed those suckers into the balls for the food labels.
For the finishing touches, I filled an apothecary jar with baseballs, complete with my son’s autograph. They were great party favors for all of our guests. Those babies are going to be worth a lot of money someday, mark my words! And a sixteenth birthday party celebration couldn’t be complete without a “Car Fund” jar…how else is this kid going to get some wheels?
We had a great day celebrating his birthday, along with my little sister’s husband Julio, who also has the Feb 5th Birthday.
Happy Birthday Blake!!!! We love you so much!!!!!!