Monday, February 1, 2016

Dane turns 8!

  I am officially a mom of an 8 year old.  Hard to believe that the years go by so fast.  It's mind blowing thinking about it.  Dane has been looking forward to his birthday since his last birthday.  

His birthday ended up on a Sunday this year, so we celebrated the entire weekend.  Because why not?? He woke up Friday morning giddy and busting at the seams with excitement.  He was beyond pumped that he would get to say his name on the morning announcements at school, and that he would get a birthday certificate and extra super stars.  It's the little things that make his world go round.  He was beaming that it was his birthday weekend.  I had plans to bring him lunch that day, but last minute I decided to check him out a couple hours early.  He only missed lunch, PE and recess so no big deal!  He was beyond thrilled, and was surprised that he got to go home! He chose fine dining for his birthday lunch... McDonalds.  :) 

When Kevin got home from work we continued with the celebration and had dinner at Gringos.  We told Dane "it's your birthday you can order whatever you want"... he picked his usual queso and cheese quesadillas. :) We got the waiters to sing to him which he thought was the greatest thing ever.  I was disappointed that they didn't have a sombrero for him to wear.  HA! 

Saturday was Dane's party.  He had a rolling skating party this year, and he had a blast! He had never been roller skating before, but he was super pumped to do it.  And then we had to basically drag him off the rink when we were ready to leave, he was having so much fun. We stayed a couple hours after his party ended and let him and the friends who stuck around skate some more.  I think all of Dane's friends who attended the party had a great time.  Dane started off hanging on the wall, but after about 30 minutes or so he started getting the hang of it and would venture out in the middle.  He was a sweaty mess.  I have so many childhood memories of skating at the Orange Roller rink.  I had several birthday parties there as well, so it was just great seeing him in skates having as much fun as I remembered having as a kid.  
It was one of the easiest parties I've ever had to throw.  The skating rink took care of the food and the plates and utensils. I didn't bother with any decorations, because all Dane cared about was skating with his friends.  All I had to do was bring a cake.  I asked Dane what type of cake he wanted thinking he would have a theme in mind, or a cookie cake or something to that extent but he said chocolate cupcakes with chocolate icing.  Well, alrighty then.  Super Easy and CHEAP! So, I made boxed cupcakes, and Dane was just as happy as he could be.  
Super fun party to celebrate turning 8!

 Attempting a group shot... but getting all 6 of them up on their feet was a task! HAHA!!

 This one loved the cupcakes! 

Sunday I made him chocolate chip pancakes and then we  had plans to let Dane pick something fun to do, but all he really wanted to do for his birthday was get a pizza from Little Caesars, run by Target to spend his birthday money, and then play with all his new stuff all day! So, that's what we did!! He opened up his birthday gifts from us and declared the weekend the best birthday ever! 

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