Monday, April 13, 2009

The big 4!!!!

Liam turned 4 this year! So, every 4 years our kids get a gigantic, enormous, ridiculous birthday party. This year was Liam's Big One. And it was FUN!!!

This is Liam's pose for his birthday invitations. He's told me that this is his "nice smile."

His actual birthday fell on a Thursday. So we did presents and confetti that morning before Lex went to school.

He has grown like a weed and grew out of his bike! He has been riding without training wheels for a while, and his little bike was just keeping him from rocket warp speeds. This one is bigger and very fast.

Liam decided that he didn't want the traditional birthday cake for his birthday. He wanted birthday doughnuts.

And here's the pinata!!!! It is not a party if there's not a pinata!!! This Spider-Man is taller than Liam. It was seriously the coolest thing EVER!!! The thing itself weighed a good 10 pounds, and then we added 10 more pounds of candy. Liam could hardly wait to start beating him up. I think that should worry me ....

The building of the cake!!! Dad is pure genius! He made a train cake because trains are Liam's most favorite thing in the universe. Dad used Kit Kat bars for the railroad ties and Twizzlers for the tracks. He stabbed Rolos with a toothpick, which became the wheels with axles. Then he placed each individually decorated cake on top. They were so cute!

My sweet Lily enjoying the food.

Here is the Bounceoline (pronounced like trampoline) and Uncle Timmy coming down the slide. It's fun for all ages!

And here's Uncle Stephen having a turn! Silly little kids!

McKina and Bodin's mom with baby McCade.

Uncle Brent and Aunt Amy

What's a party without cotton candy?!?!

The line for the cotton candy. At least they're waiting patiently! It was good stuff!

It was surprisingly cool for April, so here's Papa Crandall keeping warm by the BBQ. It was still warm from the cooking of the hotdogs and brats.

Presents are so fun!

Rustin, Randon, Riley, and Reese's mom and dad.

Is it Rustin or Randon? I never can remember, but he sure is a cute kid! He's getting ready for a piece of cake!

Every party needs a clown too! We were lucky to get several. These 3 decided to take their own silly clown pictures when the camera became available. Silly, silly ladies! Did you really think I would keep these secret?!? (Michelle, Helena, and Jennie - My good, good friends)

Oh yeah!!! The beating of Spider-Man! He had it coming, you know. He was hanging outside the whole time, taunting anyone who walked by. Here is the birthday boy giving Spider-Man his long awaited beating. This looked like a good shot!

Heidi got some air in this shot! She was scary! I think her two older brothers taught her well!

The first lost extremity. He didn't need that arm anyway! He's Spider-Man!

Lex going for it. He was actually the one who loosened Spider-Man's arm. Lex was very excited about that.

And here's Connor! He broke the stick! Luckily we saved him and a couple of the other bigger boys for last. The poor stick really didn't have a chance.

Not to worry though! We had a much stronger, thicker curtain rod to use instead! Here is Bryan finishing the dirty work. He took Spider-Man down right through the middle. When it was done, we let the kids go nuts picking up the candy, but Bryan stood by, cool and collected. He was the man who took down Spider-Man! This one will go down in all history!

The candy gathering frenzy.

Getting ready to blow out the candles on the cake!

Oops! The candles did get blown out, but not by Liam! I love that Liam just stood there and watched as Gavin blew out his candles! That is hilarious!

And here is sweet Lily again, enjoying her food! She's very proficient at eating!

We had an incredible time! There was food coming out our ears, screaming, chaos, crying, only a little bit of blood. It was the best day EVER! We are extremely grateful to everyone who came and made this day this fun! Even though pinatas, bounceolines, and cotton candy are all great, they aren't as fun without so many people to share them with!


Parker Family said...

I some how missed this post. Not sure why probably because of the really bad pictures of me. The party was way cool, you can throw a party. Thanks for the invite so glad we could come and enjoy the Chase big birthday.

Matt and Melody said...

WOW! That was some party! I love how Cortney made the awesome cake!

"The things that are hard to bear, are sweet to remember."

~Lucious Annaeus Seneca

"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover."

~Mark Twain