Monday, August 31, 2009

Birthday Weekend

It's hard to see, but his little star Kolby is wearing says "Birthday Boy!" Kolby celebrated 6 years of life last Friday. He was the first baby we chose NOT to know the gender of before he was born. Since we already had a boy and a girl, it was fun to wonder which way it would go. We had a hard time deciding on a name for this little guy. Heath liked the name Kolby, so we went with it, but it wasn't until days later that he realized I had spelled it with a "K". Why wouldn't I, with two kids already in with the "K" tradition? His middle name is Heath, after his Daddy, of course.

Kolby is our most energetic kid by far. He loves to be outside, doing physical activities. He is amazing with his biking skills, he can win any sword fight with his light saber tricks, and he can run anyone into exhaustion. Needless to say, we have a hard time keeping up with this guy.

As much as he likes to be moving around, Kolby is quite addicted to whatever treats he can get a hold of...even if that means sneaking downstairs in the middle of the night to get them. I am always finding wrappers thrown under his bed from his little escapades. He is good at sneaking, but not very good at hiding the evidence. Consequently, he spends a lot of time being punished for his crimes, but according to Kolby, it is all worth it. We are hoping this is a phase he grows out of.

On to his birthday. I always try to make the kids' birthdays as focused on them as possible, so they get to choose all their meals for the day. Kolby wanted a pancake and sausage dog, with fruit and juice. For lunch, he had a special luncheable, where he got to build his own little hamburgers, complete with a caprison drink and a treat. For dinner, he wanted Nachos. We basically built up tacos on tortilla chips, and I must say, the meal was excellent.

After dinner, we took our standard "Family Birthday Photo", which proved to be a little un-standard, but the kids had fun with it. Then we opened presents. Kolby got a laser tag game and a walkie talkie set. We moved outside, into our jungle of a back yard, and let the kids play with the games. Both the boys proved excellent shots.

Heath even jumped in and "helped" Keaton aim and fire.

Finally Keaton got a turn to do it himself.

Here is what Kolby thought of Keaton's aim.

Georgie was sure the walkie-talkies were for her, since the boys were playing with the laser tag. We had a hard time getting her to give them up.

However, the biggest present for Kolby was a brand new bike. Heath got both the boys a new bike, complete with gears and shocks and hand brakes, and worked very hard all week fixing them up to get them in tip-top shape. I'm so glad I have a husband who knows how to do things like that! Since Keaton's birthday is next month, Heath went ahead and gave Keaton his present a bit early, so both the boys could enjoy their bikes together.
Keaton's bike fit him great, and he loved having it.

Kolby's bike is still a bit big for him, but he is managing quite well with it so far.

Then, after riding around a bit, we came back inside and had Key Lime Pie for dessert. None of the kids really eat cake, so we get to find other fun desserts to have for our birthday parties.
The next day, we had planned a group biking party, with some of the boys' friends, to go riding around a 4 mile trail together, then have pizza and ice cream afterwards at a local park. However, about 45 minutes before the party, it started pouring down rain, including some significant thunder and lightning, so we had to move the party indoors. It cleared up quickly, so the boys all rode bikes around the cul-de-sac and jumped on the trampoline, while the adults stayed inside and chatted. It turned out to be a fun night, but we plan on letting the boys do the biking trail another day. Here is a picture of some of the boys enjoying their ice cream bars.

I think it was a very fun weekend for Kolby (and Keaton!). Happy Birthday Kolbers!


Dan and Katie said...

Yay! Happy Birthday! cake?!? Just kidding :)

Jen Sue Wild said...

Looks like it was a fun bithday party!

kdaygirl said...

What a great birthday superman! Wish I could have been there to celebrate with you! Nice bike too!

Colleen said...

Sounds like a true celebration of a great kid! I am glad we could be a part of it. It was a fun par-tay!

BrittanyLane said...

Ooh, tell me more about the laser tag game. That's all Mason wants for his birthday, and I'm completely clueless. Does it work pretty well?

Jeff and Lori said...

What a fun birthday! Happy birthday Kolby!

Shavonne said...

that's awesome they both got bikes! I liked all the pictures, looks like alot of fun! Happy Birthday Kolby!

Chloe said...

Fab birthday - you guys are great at making special days for your kids :)

courtney said...

I still remember being there when you had Kolby. You named him Kolby Heath and we were airheaded enough to think it was after us! We felt very honored till we realized it is after Heath...the dad, and not after Uncle Jared Heath. :)