My little man is 7 years old now – which is crazy, because he is my baby. As I blog, he is snuggled up with me in our big chair in the family room reading The Smithsonian Guide to Snakes and other Reptiles and Amphibians – a birthday gift from Uncle Hal & Aunt Glenna. This was Michael’s year for a “big” party with friends, but he opted for a sleepover with his best buddies instead of a bouncy house extravaganza with the whole class, etc. It was so very Michael and he had so much fun! We all did! After contemplating an “Indiana Jones” theme, Michael opted for “Jurassic Park” and Leah the party coordinator began making plans…

Michael insisted on baking the cake himself with just a little help from Mama.

Leah and Andrew decorated the cake with a big green dinosaur coming out of a pond and “happy bday” in red and yellow icing.

Michael loved his cake!

Michael designed our dinosaur themed centerpiece.

I drew a dinosaur for Michael which he corrected. (Apparently, I gave the T-Rex too many fingers!)

Leah and Andrew used bread ties to hang balloons from the chandelier.

Michael invited his grandparents, aunts and uncles as well – and we fed them an elegant dinner of Domino’s pizza with Coke and A&W because that’s what the birthday boy requested!

Michael loved all of his presents! They were all right up his alley.

Charlie had worked very hard on a card for Michael and some custom made “animal cards” that he’d drawn. He was so proud of his card and Michael really did appreciate it.

After dinner, the kids watched “Jurassic Park”. It scared the willies out of all of them so halfway through they switched to “Journey 2: The Mysterious Island”. We had movie candy and popcorn to ensure they were entirely saturated with junk – apparently!

It was Charlie’s first sleepover and he did great!

On Saturday night, I took the kids to see “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day”. It was hilarious! That’s one of my favorite books to read with the kids, but Disney really ran with it. So good!

It was a great birthday. 🙂

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