Thursday, September 17, 2015
As kids get older, a birthday party becomes much more about their little circle of friends. They don't really want the fanfare. They don't want the extravagance. They just want to hang out with their friends. And, truthfully, they would be fine without the cake and the song. They just want to play. We offered Jonah a few different options for his friends and he settled on bowling and dinner at his favorite restaurant, Texas Roadhouse.
I quit doing party favors for most parties but I saw these little sets on clearance at Target and what boy doesn't love anything that involves a ball?!?
We set up the tripod and took a few pictures before it was time to get his friends. This year was the year that no parents came. We loaded up all 7 of his friends and took of on our own.
Dan grabbed Jonah for this picture and as much as Jonah tried to pretend he was embarrassed, you can tell he was quite tickled.
Please look at Max photobombing our pictures. ha
(These are also the pictures that made me realize we need to use JoMax and Pressure Wash our fence.
This little group of friends have been together since Kindergarten. There are 7 of them and they love each other. They look out for each other. They are all different. They have different interests. But, they stick together.
Jonah and Rylan were the winners of the first game!
The boys asked Dan to take one turn each for them. He bowled a few strikes for them. They were thrilled.
Brock and Jonah won the second game. Somehow Jonah won both games. We actually went bowling twice this summer so I guess that practice paid off. :-)
We left bowling and went to Texas Roadhouse for dinner. Jonah loved eating at his favorite place with his best buddies. And, Micah joined us there (after hanging at the movies with Louise and Hazel during the bowling!)
When Jonah heard they made you get on a saddle for your birthday, he was mortified and immediately started to say he didn't want to do it. But, all of his friends started encouraging him and so did we. He finally decided to do it.
He was painfully embarrassed but handled it well. I was super proud of him for stepping out of his comfort zone.
We left Texas Roadhouse and came back to our house for some swimming, cookie cake and presents!!
Two of the boys, Logan and Rylan spent the night with Jonah to wind down his birthday celebration.
They enjoyed late night snacks and lots of video games and movies.
They woke up the next morning and swam until it was time for their mom to pick them up.
Jonah will tell you it was an "AMAZING BIRTHDAY" and the best part was just being with his friends. That make for a pretty perfect birthday!