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Today’s the DAY! The boys are EIGHT-years-old and what better way to celebrate this momentous occasion than with a STAR WARS JEDI TRAINING PARTY?!? So, we invited about a bazillion of their closest friends…

Star Wars Invite

Of course, Mom and Dad still have A LOT to do to get ready for the party this afternoon, but before we get started, the boys’ enjoy the pre-party opening of presents…

Pre-Party

Cindy really went all-out with the decorations and the food! Which, of course, made much more work for ME! Not really, Cindy put almost all of this together herself!! All the food was Star Wars themed, like “Obi-Wan Kabobbies”, “Jedi Juice”, and “Edible Ewoks”.

Happy Birthday Banner

Food Food
Food Darth Vader Mister
Happy Birthday Banner The Force is Strong

And R2D2, C3PO, and Yoda came for the party, too…

R2D2 and C3PO Yoda

F-I-N-A-L-L-y it was time for the party, so the boys put on their Padawan garb and the kids arrived, then more kids came, then even more kids. We had several games planned that served as Jedi Training, like Balance-The-Balloon-On-The-Lightsaber, Death-Star-Hot-Potato, etc., so on. Each game had a little poem the Jedi Master Trainer would read to explain the rules of the game, like this one for the Emperors-Lightening-Bolt-Silly-String-Game…

With the dark side, the Emperor is strong
To defeat him, you’ll need a good jolt
You’ll show him with the Jedi you belong
If you can withstand his lightening bolt

So, the kids all had a can of silly string and like Adam…

Adam Silly String

There was also plenty of time for the kids to make-up their own games, like Alex and Westin…

Alex and Westin Alex and Westin

The highlight of the party was this huge Star Wars pinata! In fact, it was the only time we really got any semblance of organization from this rowdy group of Padawans…

Alex and the Pinata Adam and the Pinata

and when the Pinata finally busted open, it was a mad scramble to get the goodies!

Pinata Scramble

So, after a delicious dinner of “Hut” Dogs, the Boys’ were regaled with a chorus of the “Happy Birthday” song from their fellow Padawans…

Happy Birthday

And later that evening, after all of the Padawans had received their Jedi certificates and “goodie bags”, the boys started the day much like it began, with a post-party opening of presents…

After Party
After Party Alex After Party Adam

Yoda, who always seems to know just what to say, summed it up pretty well as he headed back to Dagobah: “A GREAT DAY IT WAS!”

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Today is the boys’ SIXTH birthday…and boy are they proud!

Alex Birthday Adam Birthday

And although they’re twins, they each enjoy their own individual birthday, so as has become a tradition (for Mom), they each get to enjoy their own individual birthday cake. Naturally, the cake is made of cupcakes and shaped into a number representing their achievement in aging…

Birthday Cake

The boys were surprised by a visit from Auntie Diane, Auntie GiGi, and Uncle Bob, who also brought PRESENTS!!

Birthday Party

So, everyone enjoyed their cake! Obviously, Alex enjoyed his more than everyone else…

Birthday Party

Happy Birthday, Alex and Adam! 🙂

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Happy Birthday Daddy

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Well, it looks like Cindy got to Alabama just in time! Jess went into labor not long after she arrived…

Happy Birthday “Baby Oz” 🙂

Baby Oz Adam watches a dolphin

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Day 2 of our latest Disney adventure started off with a visit to the Shades of Green for breakfast and to pick up our 4-day park-hoppers (not that we plan on spending 4 days park-hopping, but the passes are good for a year, and we’ll be back). Anyway, today is the boys “birthday celebration” at Hollywood Studio. As we prepared to go, the boys were very excited to see that “Chippy”, our Elf on the Shelf, had made himself a little bed out of Alex’s hat, and was chillin’ in the back of the van! They were surprised and amazed that he was able to find them at Disney World! I guess that Christmas magic gives him a certain amount of clairvoyance, so they better be good 😉

Chippy

Upon our arrival at the park, we immediately visited the Jedi Training Academy to sign the boys up for a course of instruction that would ultimately earn them the title of “Padawan” or “Jedi in training”. In my day, they’d simply be known as “grasshopper” (and yesterday’s pebbles have been replaced by lightsabers!).

Jedi Training Academy

Having successfully enrolled the boys in the 7:00 p.m. class, we raced to “Star Tours”. Adam was so excited, we could hardly keep-up with him!

Star Tours Adam at Star Tours Adam at Star Tours

Everywhere we went, the park staff were wishing A2 “HAPPY BIRTHDAY” (due to the little pins they wore informing everyone that it was their birthday). They even got some free ice cream from one of the vendors…

Free Ice Cream

As is always the case, we can’t walk down the street without stopping for photo-ops with popular Disney characters, like Wreck It Ralph and Penelope von Sweets

Wreck It Ralph

The kids really get a kick out of meeting the characters, although dad really fails to see the point in and gets very impatient having to wait in line for a photo that we rarely enjoy both boys smiling at the same time and the the park is going to charge a bizillion dollars for via Photopass. I’m telling you, “IT’S A SCAM!” Cindy just says, “Quit your bitchin'” ( sigh )

We had a late lunch-early supper at Hollywood and Vine where the boys got to meet some of their favorite Disney Jr. characters, like Jake of the “Neverland Pirates” fame. No Photopass cameraman in sight, so I’m okay with it. Of course, the meal cost a bizillion dollars, so who needs the Photopass, right? The food WAS very good, though!

The boys and Jake

In recognition of their special day, the boys enjoy a big, fat birthday cupcake!

Alex birthday cupcake Adam birthday cupcake

After an afternoon of walking and riding and walking and standing in line to meet Disney characters and walking, the moment of truth had arrived! It’s was 7:00 p.m. and time for the boys to attend the Jedi academy! They presented their credentials (i.e. the ticket they had received earlier) and were each given their Padawan robe…

Jedi Jedi

The younglings lined up with other apprentices and went through a grueling series of Star Wars trivia questions to which Adam or Alex responded to every one. Next, they lined-up and exited to the Jedi training area where they were going to receive instruction and be tested. Somewhere along the route, Alex decided this wasn’t for him and like Luke Skywalker’s Uncle Owen, said “phooey” to this Jedi training stuff. Adam, on the other hand, much like Luke himself, endured the training and got the opportunity to fight Darth Vader…

Padawan Adam meets Darth Vader

And much like Uncle Owen, who if you’ll remember from Star Wars Episode IV, ultimately came to regret his lack of interest in learning Jedi, Alex had a change of heart and wanted to do the Padawan thing! Alas, he’ll have to wait until our next visit…or maybe, Christmas! 😉

We finished the evening enjoying the beautiful light show ala the Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights on the Streets of America

Christmas Lights

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…or rather, the day after. I was leading a meeting on my birthday and had to wrap things up in Fredericksburg before I could join the family for the weekend. Cindy made key-lime cupcakes, my favorite! And the boys helped me open the presents…

Happy Birthday Daddy

Mmmm….

Happy Birthday Daddy

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Today is the boys’ 3rd birthday! Naturally, they received the traditional birthday-cake-made-out-of-cupcakes-shaped-into-the-number-of-their-age. Please note that they EACH received a cake because heaven forbid that they feel slighted in any way. They’re also the recipients of about a bazillion balloons! Well, maybe I’m exaggerating just a little bit…

Happy Birthday

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Happy Birthday, Alex and Adam! It’s a wonder, after Adam’s misadventures, especially, that you made it to this day! It’s an even greater wonder that mom and dad made it! Whew! What a couple of years it’s been! Nana and Pa were visiting, which made the day even more special!

To celebrate, we made some iron-ons for the onesies they’d wear on their special day!

Monkey See Monkey Do

They seemed to like ’em…

Alex Birthday Shirt Alex Birthday Shirt

And what birthday is complete without big helium-filled balloons and a personal cake, or rather a cake of cupcakes x 2!

Birthday Balloons Twin

Adam really enjoyed his birthday cake; Alex, uh, not so much…

Eating Birthday Cake

But the best part of the birthday is definitely the presents. Especially, when the bag is almost as big as you are!

eating Birthday Cake

Happy Birthday, Boys!

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Bratz

Kameran’s Birthday Party Posse…

Kameran's Birthday

Caption courtesy of BigHugeLabs

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Today’s my birthday. How old am I? Old enough to know better than to tell you how old I am. Seriously, though, I’m 29…or thereabouts 😉

Anyway, I really enjoyed the baseball cake mom and the boys made got me…

…so did the boys!

Alex eats cake Adam eats cake

MMMM…cake! It’s not just for wearing on your shirt! 😉

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