Wesley’s 4th Birthday Party: Transformers

So, it’s been over a month since the celebration. I figure it way past time to share the photos of the fun from Wesley’s 4th birthday!

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The door into our home, to greet our guests.

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The sweet birthday boy!

For some reason, the kiddo wanted a Transformers party. I honestly couldn’t tell you why. We didn’t have a single Transformers toy or cartoon or anything. Regardless, he sorta stuck with the concept, so when he and my mom went to a local party store that was going out of business, they loaded up on some Transformers goodies. Those items, plus some recycled decorations from my cousin’s son’s party a few weeks prior, not to mention some donated toys from my sister-in-law and an outfit from a yard sale, helped us end up with quite a stash of Transformers paraphernalia.

Things were simple. We had only family over and, after a game of Frisbee golf in the back yard, we hit the food and then quickly opened presents.

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Tips from Uncle Damien, the good sport for the round of frisbee golf.

For the early dinner we ate BBQ, chips, veggies, and Wesley’s favorite: cantaloupe. Things were finished off with chocolate cupcakes and a small cake that Wesley chose, strawberry with cream cheese icing.

I love this excited, real smile from him!

I love this excited, real smile from him!

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Yummy homemade cupcakes with homemade toppers!

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Food for all!

Presents!

Presents!

It was a bit humorous to see Wesley open his gift. He just blazed through each and every one of them, which is so odd for one of our kids

The gift from Mommy and Daddy!

The gift from Mommy and Daddy.

to do. Usually they really savor a gift and make a big deal out of it, but he just sorta operated like a tornado. After all the gifts were opened, Thomas and I realized what his strategy was: open all gifts swiftly, assess the loot, and then go back and properly examine and be entertained. Seriously, immediately after he was done, he swooned over his castle toys, he asked to put on some of the pjs he got (you’ll notice a wardrobe change in the photos), and he began coloring with all his art supplies. One by one, he did what we normally would have expected him to do, but he needed to just assess it all first, I suppose. It was quite cute in the end.

The ogre for his castle!

The ogre for his castle!

All in all, it was a grand day. I always love letting my kids live it big on their birthdays. We tell them “no” to things so often, so the “yes!” of a birthday is just such a great treat.

A little bit of love for Momma!

A little bit of love for Momma!

A little bit of love for Nanna!

A little bit of love for Nanna!

A whole lot of love for his water gun!

A whole lot of love for his water gun!

Thanks to all that came to help us celebrate our Wesley. He’s goofy, loyal, receptive, and persistent. We’re glad to call him ours.

Happy 4th Birthday, Wesley!

Happy 4th Birthday, Wesley!

Goodies for the cousins: transformers bubbles (just printed off a something an taped them on myself), a Transformer coloring book, and a bag of candy!

Goodies for the cousins: transformers bubbles (just printed off a something an taped them on myself), a Transformer coloring book, and a bag of candy!

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Despicable Me 2

Last week I was able to snag some FREE, early release tickets to Despicable Me 2. We were quite excited about going to the movies at no cost. Once there, right before we got past the special line and ticket counter for us watching this early showing, we discovered it was going to be in 3D!

The boys and I had actually had a busy morning that day, complete with a playdate at a Children’s Museum with my niece and nephew that I watched while their mom attended a meeting. So, with a 7PM start time, I was worried about the kiddos getting grumpy. Wesley had one moment where he asked to leave at the very end, only because he was so tired. Instead, he sat with Thomas and then with me for a few minutes and all was well.

The movie on a whole was great! It would be completely enjoyable in 3D or not, but there were certainly some great moments augmented by the 3D experience. There were several jokes that were perfectly timed and written just for the parents, but nothing was crass or uncomfortable, as some cartoons now days try to do just for the sake of humor. The minions were absolutely hysterical and accounted for most of the funniest moments. Steve Carell, the voice of the main character, did a great job, just as he did in the first movie. At the end, parents especially can enjoy some early 90s songs from the minions that are funny and cute. Kids laugh cause it is just good but parents laugh over the parody of it all.

If you see it, especially if you see it in 3D, stay for the credits! The minions pull some stunts and they were *amazing* in 3D. I seriously was mesmerized by the bubbles they blew out onto the audience. It was seriously unreal and so very cool. In the words of Wesley, “If you don’t got glasses on, you just see bubbles, but if you got glasses on, you see them on the audience and can try to touch them!”

So, final verdict, go see it! It opens for all you not able to get sneak peek passes on July 3rd. If you are looking for something family oriented to do on the 4th or over the holiday weekend, it would be a good choice!

And, if you go around your kiddos’ bed times, you will show up at home with a kid looking like this:

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