We took Cole and about 10 of his friends paint balling for Cole's 11th in January. Dave actually took them camping the night before (yes, in California you CAN go camping in January!!). The next day the kids and I met them at the paint balling place. It was a great party for this age group, and so easy! They had all the gear available to rent and unlimited paintballs available (for purchase, of course). The kids (and dads -- who could join in the fun for free) had an absolute blast (no pun...). At 11 years old he is a true joy, although, at this point in the game we are speed reading our "Positive Parenting for Teenagers". Some days are certainly more "positive" than others --if you know what I mean!
For Soli's birthday in May we had a Flip-Flop Fiesta. I have to give a special "shout out" (anyone listen to the Gayle King Show on Oprah and Friends XM radio?) to my dear friend Ada who thought of this brilliant party theme. Soli's favorite thing in the whole wide world (aside from me, of course) is a good pair of flip-flops. She will cruise around the house ransacking closet after closet in search of the perfect pair. She will come out with Evie's on then go back and get a pair of Cole's and cruise around for awhile, then it's on to Dave's for an hour of flop-hopping around, and so on and so forth throughout the day. Every day. It really is quite possibly the cutest thing any of my two year olds has been into. And so it came time to chose a birthday party theme and my brilliant friend Ada said, "A Flip-Flop Fiesta". And so it was...
A pretty pair of pink flip-flop cakes for my flip-flop lovin' girl.
Guests were encouraged to come dressed in appropriate attire. Yes, those are mini Havaiana's Soli is sporting. I wish I had bought those in the next three sizes!! So cute!