Over Memorial Day weekend, we had the family over to celebrate Jaden and Cody's birthday. After a grilled hamburger & hot dog meal, the whole crew headed out to a nearby park. Since Jaden and Cody were having a bike-themed birthday party with their preschool-aged friends the following weekend, we decided to do a few bike activities at this gathering too. All the cousins looked pretty cute lined up on their wheeled vehicles!
|Jaden, Ryan, Isaiah, Abby, Cody, Ian, Uncle Matt, Nathan|
The two bike activities that we had the cousins do were trial runs for some of the stations at the boys' upcoming party. First, we had the kids weave their bikes around a series of cones.
We had to keep reminding our competitive almost-5-year-olds that not everything was a race!
Every time he'd pass the camera, Nathan would give me the most precious smile and start waving. Is this kid used to the camera or what? What a cutie!
For the next activity, the kids all had to bike towards this line of cones and then stop their bike as close as possible to the cones without knocking the cones over. This task was harder than it looked! Most of the kids bowled right through the cones. :)
After these two little activities, we just let the kids ride their bikes all around the pathways in this park. When they got tired of racing... er... riding, we enjoyed time on the playground. Adley was wiped out by this point! This little girl just loves being in the Bjorn.
Grammy and Papa volunteered to be the Keepers of the Bikes while all the kids were on the playground equipment. This important job turned out to be fairly relaxing, I think! :)
Back at home, we served up some mint chocolate chip ice cream cake-- a family favorite for our little clan-- and sang happy birthday to Jaden and Cody. It's hard to believe these boys are already 5!
Then, of course, it was present time. Our family was so generous with their gift-giving! After reading the kind words in their birthday cards...
...Cody and Jaden were just thrilled to open up gifts like umbrellas, a movie, a board game, a car track set, Wild Kratt costumes, sleeping bags, a puzzle, and more. What a perfect way to start out the summer-- with all kinds of new toys and gifts!
We ended the evening with hugs all around.
Jaden and Cody have never had this many family members over (14 people in addition to our family of 5) to celebrate their birthday. What a treat! Thanks for celebrating with us, family! Happy #5, Jaden and Cody!