Tuesday, 23 October 2012
Though we had had to postpone it, we finally had Gracie's birthday party today. She really wanted to have a costume party, so that's what she had. She dressed up as the girl from the movie "Brave".
This was Rebekah's costume (she made it) at first, but when the cardboard ripped, she did a quick change into another old costume.
Three of Gracie's friends.
Here is Gracie with Eden, a friend from our church. Their two great grandmothers were close friends until Eden's died last year, so they are fourth generation.
Tina, counting votes for the costume contest.
Gracie arranged a scavenger hunt and the kids all had fun searching in teams of two and three, all around the house and property for things on the list. The winners got yo-yo toys that light up when they spin.
We have recently started using cupcakes for birthdays, because Tina finds them so much more convenient, and the kids like the novelty.
Sam, caught staring out into the distance.
Sandra, our 19 year old, wasn't able to be at the party, but she made pinata the night before, modeled after a character from Alice in Wonderland.
We even allowed kids to attend dressed up in Ravens football gear, though we were pretty certain they'd have worn Colts gear if they had been able to find it.
Gracie gets her shot at the pinata.
The pinata held up pretty well, even after taking a beating.
Even the big brothers got a turn after the little girls failed to properly destroy it. This is Ian. He is the brother of one of Gracie's friends and one of Danny's best friends as well.
Finally the thing burst and the rush for candy was on.
Though this was the first party we've had in years where no parents stuck around, the children were all very well behaved and enthusiastic to participate. It was great to have a houseful of kids; and it was great a couple hours later to see them go, sit down, take a deep breath and relax. Now we have five months with no birthday parties before it starts all over again.
As a side note, if you have a minute, take a second to pass along some constructive criticism. Are my pics too big for the format? Any tips on taking my photography to the next level? Obviously I post the pics I think are the better ones and/or the ones that help tell a story. It only takes a quick browse through Flickr for me to realize my photography skills still have a long way to go. Help a guy out with some tips here. I like these birthday parties and events, because I have to work on my feet and don't have time to really think about my shooting, so my strengths and weaknesses are really on display. Your feedback will be appreciated.