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Saturday, August 29, 2009

Happy birthday, Tyler!

Happy birthday to Tyler, who turns 8 today! I can't believe my first child is 8. I've been a mom for 8 years as of today ...

He is so happy that he will get to be baptized next week, and he is super excited to start cub scouts. We went ahead and had his party yesterday after school so we could relax a bit today.

He wanted a water party, so he wanted it to be Jedi (specifically Kit Fisto, who leads an underwater battle) versus a water Pokemon (specifically Empolian). Paul stopped by Toys R Us and actually found figurines for the cake -- Kit Fisto and Priplup, which is the Pokemon that evolves into Empolian. (You learn these things when you have boys ...)

In any case, we made the cake of these two water creatures dueling it out. I decided that instead of just making the whole cake blue and water-looking that I'd make a two-layer on one side and make a water fall going into a lake. I'm not sure it turned out much better than just having the blue cake, but Tyler liked the "grass" on it, and he was the one I was trying to impress.

Here is the final product:

So when the kids got here we split them into teams -- Team Empolian and Team Kit Fisto. The kids loved the water games, the "car wash" Paul created a couple of years ago, and our watermelon seed-spitting contest:

And Tyler loved ALL of his presents. What a cutie:

This morning we opened gifts, and Tyler loved them -- he got a couple of tiny remote control cars, a cub scout shirt, and an easel "art center" with dry erase on one side, chalkboard on the other and butcher paper on the bottom. He's so happy!

Tyler is such a sweet boy. I feel so blessed that we have him in our lives!


Dashley said...

I was just thinking about when he was born and visiting you in Washington. Time flies, huh? Happy Birthday to Tyler!!
p.s. do you ever get a kick out of the word verification at the bottom of posting? This one is: Dumsy. One of the best ones yet. :)

Lizzylou said...

He is a sweet boy-Happy Birthday Tyler!!!!

the Rowleys said...

Tell Tyler Happy Birthday for me!

Bruce & Sylvia said...

What a great cake. You are so creative. Tylers ribs are showing. Grandpa and I better get home quick and get that poor boy some cookies. I didn't comment on your last blog, but Dora is a doll. I need a few pictures of her with the wig to scrapbook. Love Mom

Theresa C said...

It's great to be 8! It looks like it was a fun water party, and the cake looks fantastic! Good job, Denise.

Hilary said...

Happy Birthday, Tyler! I can't wait for your baptism!! And good job on the cake, Denise. You are always amazing me with your cake creativity.

Melissa Basua said...

Happy birthday Tyler!! I am so glad you are now in my Wolf Den!!!!

Good Job on the cake it looks great!

MIMOM2 said...

What a great party! I love all the details.