On Friday morning I heard him get up, go to the toilet and go back to bed. I lay in bed for a bit and then yelled out ‘Good morning birthday boy’. He came into my room and when I asked why he hadn’t come in earlier he said that he didn’t want to wake me. It doesn’t bother him most other mornings and his birthday is one of the rare days in the year that I don’t mind if he does wake me.
I gave him his presents and he read the card first.
He then opened the main present.
He then realised what it was. He’s been hassling me for a Nintendo DS for ages and I finally caved in. I even bought the DSi.
He opened the second part of the present which included a game.
And before too long he was occupied playing it. I realise that now that he’s got a DSi he’ll be hassling me to play it all the time. It’s not one of those things that he can have whenever he wants and so far I think he accepts that. He asked me today if we can take it away with us, and of course we will be.
Just a small technical note about the DSi. It accepts an SD card so you can store music and photos on it. I would have expected that you could put the SD card into the slot and it would be recognised straight away like in a camera but this isn’t the case. You have to connect to the internet before the DSi will recognise it. I’m fairly technically savvy but I had a bitch of a time trying to connect it to the internet using my wi-fi broadband at home.
I’ve got my security setup with WPA and the default for the DSi is WEP – ie two different kinds of security. The documentation I found said that you could setup the internet with WAP security but damned if I could find it. The manual didn’t mention anything that I could find and then I finally (after nearly two hours) found that if you used connections 4-6 on the DSi you could select more than just WEP security. Finally I connected to the internet which I hadn’t really wanted to do anyway. I just wanted the thing to read the SD card.
My lost two hours could have been much better spent organising the birthday party for the Sunday. JJ hasn’t had a birthday party since his fifth birthday and that was a huge one number wise but this one felt more stressful – probably because it was at home and probably because I wasn’t quite sure how I would entertain these children for two hours.
Nearly half an hour after they arrived I was still the only adult there and I was starting to freak out. My friends were supposed to be there for two o’clock and they were seriously late. One of the fathers offered to stay but he had to go on a quick errand before he came back. By the time he did come back my other friends had arrived but he still stayed.
We started off with Pass the Parcel which was surprisingly hard work. The kids (five boys) were really over-excited and very hard to control. It was JJ times five. Note Monty in prime patting position!
We then did musical statues outside which was great to get rid of some of that energy.
I found a game called Mummy Wrap on the internet and I really didn’t hold out much hope for this game because it required standing still. The boys paired up and had to wrap each other like a mummy.
To their credit they all did a really good job with a bit of help from some adults.
Here’s one nearly completed.
Here’s me directing some toilet paper pickup after the first round. The toilet paper I got came apart quite easily so it was a little bit hard not to rip it.
They then swapped and we judged the best wrapper, although they nearly all won a prize.
To get the toilet paper off they had to do star jumps.
And then wrestle each other to the ground.
After some food, some more jumping on the trampoline it was time for the birthday cake. JJ wanted me to make my cheesecake (the Superb Cheesecake from the Quick and Thrifty Readers Digest recipe book). I bought some Smarties so the boys could decorate their piece.
And then they all left and I sat down and breathed a big sigh of relief. It was all worth it though because JJ had a great time and I’m pretty sure his guests had a great time too.
What great photos. The ones where he is opening his gift….the look on his face is priceless!! Looks like the party was a big hit!
Oh great birthday!! Pity about the technical wizardry required, and if it was difficult for you I can only hazard a guess at how hard it would be for us more plebian adventurers.
BTW – a gift for you on mine.
It does look like JJ had a great time. I actually gave up on pass the parcel a number of years ago. With young excitable boys, I have found it too stressful for me!
PlanningQueen, I wish I had consulted with you about games before I embarked on pass the parcel.
Happy birthday big guy, and it looks like a great party. I have never heard of the toilet paper game, but I have it in memory now, what a hoot!!
M & B says
Happy Birthday, JJ. Well done Jen on your successful party throwing 🙂
Single Mom Seeking says
Love, Love the photos! Happy birthday! You’re such a great mom.
The mummy idea… wow!!
I got a Nintendo DS for my kid on her 8th birthday, so this joy is very familiar…. thought I’d never cave in!
OH NO! I missed JJ’s birthday! I’m so sorry Jen. I was busy with Bastian and Bella in town all that week. I never even went on my blog.
What great pictures! It looks like he had a wonderful time. I love the Mummy Wrap. And Bella has the Nintendo DSi….and just LOVES it. You are a really great mum sweetie. Happy Happy Birthday JJ. Gosh, he looks SO grown up. Congrats to everyone! Love, Joy