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a seahawks birthday party

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Our second son turned 9 last month and we celebrated with a Seahawk party. We started with his invitations (seen here – which turned out super cute and not too seahawky/footbally/cartoony) and carried the theme into the actual day. We watched the game, ate football party food, played a few games and celebrated the birthday boy. It turned out to be a perfect party for Brady and his friends.

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The food setup was great for the kids and simple for me: crackers/cheese/salami, cut up veggies, chips and ranch dip, grapes and pigs in a blanket (my fave). Mini sodas and gatorade in a big jug for drinks, and a bowl of candy (with skittles, of course) that was picked through within minutes.

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I used a roll of kraft paper as a runner and drew yard lines with a chalk pen.

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When the kids first came, I had out Seahawk colored rubber bands to make bracelets and a Seahawks word search. I wasn’t really sure if they would be interested in either, but all of the kids got into both activities and it gave them something else to do while the game was on.

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I’m not sure if jerseys are a big deal in your football city, but everyone in the Seattle area wears theirs on gameday. It was cute to see all of the kids with their Seahawks gear on.

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During halftime, we went out front to play a couple of yard games.

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Knock the cups down by shooting rubber bands, throw mini footballs through a hula hoop, run around cones, and toss a ping pong ball in a cup (filled with skittles). Good times.

Once the game was back on, this is what the living room looked like …

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The older boys watching the game, the younger boys playing upstairs and the girls outside loving on Atlas.

For dessert, my non-cake loving boy chose these chocolate covered nutella + peanut butter s’mores.

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They were a hit.

This turned out to be a really fun party for everyone, easy to host and most importantly, our Brady-boy had a great time.

#gohawks

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speaking your child’s language

We just returned from a weekend away at our favorite beach house on Whidbey Island. I’ve written about this magical place several times before, and posted a million IG photos (#theboathouse). Our good friends are gracious hosts and their hospitality provides the most cherished and memorable adventures for our kids. It is for sure their most favorite place to be.

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I love the boat house for many reasons, but lingering at the top is watching the boys be boys. They have complete freedom. They can roam the endless beach collecting shells and digging for sea creatures. They cut down branches and make paths through the woods and whittle sticks with their pocket knives. They shoot bb guns and practice with their bows & arrows. They kayak or paddle boat and swim in the freezing cold water.  They build forts and bon fires and swing on a hammock.

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See what I mean? It’s a boy’s delight.

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Usually, after breakfast is over and with the kids happily occupied, I spend my days lounging on the deck or beach chatting with our friends, occasionally glancing through a magazine or reading a book. It’s a pretty dreamy day for me as well.

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But every once in a while, I make an effort to play with the boys. Since Audrey is the littlest and basically my shadow, I find I get lots of time with her, but the boys don’t always get undivided mom-time doing what they love to do.

And the number one thing they love to do at the beach?

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Dig.

Dig deep holes. Build dams. Divert the stream.

With shovel in hand, these boys are happy for hours.

And so, on this particular day, I dug.

Dug deep holes. Built dams. Diverted the stream. Dug until I had blisters on my hands and had completed the best sand fort ever.

Midway through our digging, No.1 looked up at me and said, “mom, thanks for being this kind of mom.”

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And that made missing out on deck-sitting time and those blisters on my hands totally worth it.

Sometimes speaking your child’s language looks like wielding a shovel with jeans rolled up and bare feet.

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a book recommendation from my ten year old

Our oldest son just turned 10 and loves to read. He’s not all that interested during the day, but at night, give him a good book and he will read hours past his bedtime.

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I’m always on the lookout for good books for boys and bought the first book in this series at the school book fair based solely on the cover (I know you’re not supposed to judge a book by it’s cover, but I totally do and the cuter the cover, the more likely I am to pick it up). I then found a boxed set of the whole series and again, I just couldn’t resist the great illustrations/lettering and bought him the collection for Christmas.

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He read the prequel (The Extraordinary Education of Nicholas Benedict) and couldn’t put it down. He insisted that I must read it, and he was sure I would love it. I always wanted to be that mom who read whatever her children were reading, but so far, this kid has lapped me a thousand times and I haven’t even attempted to keep up. This was especially true during his infatuation with those ridiculous comic-type books like Captain Underpants and Big Nate. Sorry … this mama has no interest in 8 year old boy humor.

But this book – this whole Mysterious Benedict Society series – this is something I can get in to.

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I finished the first book yesterday while feeling kinda sick and even though it is written for kids in grades 3-7, it was a perfectly captivating, intriguing, charming read for me as well. My 10 year old was right – I did love the book.

Now on to the next one …

If you are looking for a good series for your kids (or you!), this one comes highly recommended by both my son and I.

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Learn more about the books here or purchase the set here.

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