While I don't have the time or patience to post pictures of all of our escapades of the past six months, I do want to share some photos of the culminating event of the summer: Tate's Fifth Birthday!
I can't believe I have a five year old. I feel like I am officially moving out of the stage of "young mom". But since Tate missed the cutoff for kindergarten and is not officially enrolled in school yet, I think I'll try to hold on to that title for another year. Tate has grown up so much this last year and I keep telling him how sad I am that he is growing up so fast. But he continually promises me that he'll always be my baby so I guess that will have to do. This year Tate became fascinated with pirates so it was easy to go with a pirate-themed birthday party. (This decision was also greatly influenced by the fact that my incredibly talented and creative friend from our old neighborhood threw a pirate party for her son a few years back which gave me a lot of ideas.)
Tate's actually birthday was pretty mellow because his party was scheduled for the Saturday after. He did love his nerf gun, though!
With all of my efforts going into the party, I just didn't have the time or energy for a fancy cake. Tate had to settle for five cupcakes with a candle in each.
Now, on to the big party. After sending each guest a "message in a bottle" invitation, complete with an eyepatch for each of our buccaneers, we were anxiously awaiting their arrival. All of the preparations had been taken care of.
The cupcakes were ready, complete with skull and crossbones rings.
Our pirate ship was just waiting for our first mates to come "walk the plank" and take a swim in the "shark-infested waters."
Captain Tate and Mom made sure the water balloon "cannons" were ready to go, in case any unfriendly pirates appeared on the horizon.
Our "swab the deck" slip n' slide was all laid out, complete with sea serpent (look closely in the uppper right corner.)
Captain's Cove was all set up for little pirates to come and relax after a hard day at sea.
Everything was ready . . . . And it was a good thing. Because before we knew it, we had little pirates everywhere!! They all enjoyed walking the plank and splashing into the ocean below.
Most enjoyed using the sponges and bubble bath to swap the deck, and a few even enjoyed sliding down as the sea serpent kept things nice and wet.
Captain Tate even got a little soapy during his time scrubbing the deck.
And then . . the unexpected. The Dread Pirate Roberts turned up, in the form of Daddy! Our little pirates were quick to act. They defended their ship by firing over 50 cannons (water balloons) at this pirate villain. (The kids all loved this.)
Here you can see how Captain Tate was especially proud when one of his cannons was a direct hit. He's running back excitedly to tell his Mom. (Even tough pirates still need their mommies :)
After following some clues, we found the "X" that marked the spot and started digging!
Captain Tate, taking a break from the digging to crack quick smile.
And the unwrapping of the often told about, but rarely seen, actual pirate sword.
Yo ho, yo ho - a pirate's life for me!