Friday, February 25, 2011

Kellan Turns 7

Here, at last, are the photos from Kellan's 7th birthday party last weekend. He chose Midstate Gymnastics again this year, having had such a super day last year, and they didn't disappoint. I wonder when you're too old to have an awesome afternoon on inflatables and leaping around in a foam pit with all of your best pals? Maybe never.

At the beginning of the party, before they went into the inflatables room, they had to sit down to have the rules laid out for them. Not that any of them followed said rules once they were set loose in the room, but I guess that the venue covered its bases where liability was concerned. In this photo are Dylan, Kel, Jack, and Maddox (who came all the way from Arkansas!).

Absolutely love this photo of Kel and buddy, Marcus. They've known each other since they were little. This was also a very rare moment in the afternoon -- I actually got them to stand still enough for a photograph! There aren't many photos from the event because they were all blurry. It was two hours of kids in constant motion.

Rather poor attempt at a group shot. A couple of kids aren't even in it, as they were wandering off for a drink at the time, but since most of them were here in one place at one time, I had to go for it. This is the best that I could do.

Grace and Kati were so exhausted from running around that they had to take a little breather.

Antoine in the only non-blurry shot of him from the inflatables room.

Connor, standing still. Weird. But I took it!

After an hour in the inflatables room, they moved on to the soft play foam pit area. Kel got to be line leader, of course.

I love this shot so much. I have no idea what the woman was telling them, but it obviously wasn't popular. Look at Kel and Carmen's faces!

Here are the kids lined up, ready to take a leap into the foam pit. Maddox and Jack are about to run down the mats.

The kids watching some jumpers. Whoever is missing from this shot, I presume.

Here are a few shots of kids in motion, jumping into the pit. Most of these were too blurry to keep, but I got a couple.

Notice Dylan leaping over the blocks while Kel's lack of coordination means that he sort of kind of almost gets a leg off the ground. Major tongue action required for concentration and little old man unsteady posture. An athlete, he will never be. But I'll keep him.

Addison is mid-flight in this one. So cute.

Antoine in the pit.

A sea of kids swimming in foam blocks. Kel isn't in this photo because, rather than climbing around the pit, he was over in the other corner fastidiously stacking blocks. Whatever makes you happy, right?

The super awesome Super Mario cake, made by my talented friend, Linda House.

While the kids sang "Happy Birthday", Kel conducted.

Blowing out the candle. Its official. He's 7! Happy birthday, sweet boy.


The Baimas said...

That cake is absolutely amazing! Was the mushroom part cake, too? That definitely makes me want to step up our cakes from the standard Schnucks sheet cake!

Nicola said...

I don't know why it looks crooked in a couple of the photos. Because it wasn't. And its driving me nuts! But, yes, it was an awesome cake and super yummy. All of the parents who stuck around had some and loved it. We got about 30 BIG slices out of it. Looks smaller than that, doesn't it? I was surprised. Nobody went home hungry. The mushroom at the top is a big rice krispie treat! Which the kids LOVED. I sliced it up for them to each have a bit with their cake.

We are so lucky that Linda offered to make it for us. I really didn't know where we'd get a Mario cake around town. Talented friends are awesome :-)